[note] Tickets to facilitate this review were provided by Greenfield Village. All opinions are my own. [/note]
by Leslie P
All aboard! Do you have a train-loving child? Do your kids enjoy watching Thomas the Train™? For the past 15 years, Greenfield Village has been hosting “A Day Out With Thomas™.” For three weekends this month (April 30 – May 1, May 7-8 and 14-15), you have the opportunity to ride Thomas the Train™, enjoy activities at the Imagination Station, meet Sir Topham Hatt™ and tour Greenfield Village. Our family recently headed to Dearborn where we had a wonderful Day Out With Thomas™.
Five Reasons You Should Join The Fun
- The train ride. One of the best parts of the day was waiting for Thomas to pull into the train depot. You could feel the excitement as you heard Thomas getting closer and closer and saw his cloud of steam. As you depart the station and wave to everyone, you will hear stories and music from Thomas and Friends™. It feels like you are right in an episode of the series. The approximately 20-minute ride tours all around beautiful Greenfield Village. Each child gets a certificate awarding them as an “Official Junior Engineer.”
- Photo-ops with Thomas. After your train ride, you have the opportunity for a photo-op with Thomas while another group boards the train. There are professional photographers taking pictures for purchase, but you are also welcome to use your own camera. In addition, you can get some great shots during Thomas’ other trips around Greenfield Village – just listen for his whistle!
- Meeting Sir Topham Hatt. Directly across from Smiths Creek Train Depot, you have the chance to meet Sir Topham Hatt (Director of the Railway) and get a picture with him. Times to meet him are posted at the entrance to his area.
- Imagination Station. Inside the Imagination Station there are many activities for kids including: temporary tattoos, iPad station, blocks, train tables and the gift shop. The gift shop features many souvenirs, toys and collectibles at a wide range of costs.
- Touring Greenfield Village. Your Thomas the Train™ ticket also include admission to Greenfield Village. You can explore all of the historic buildings, drive a Ford Model T car, take a horse-drawn ride and so much more, including viewing vintage trains and train engines. While older children will appreciate the history, there are also plenty of activities for the younger crowd including a construction site-themed playground, carnival games, carousel, bubbles, a mini soccer field, live music and other entertainment.
Tips from a Parent
- It is highly recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance. Train rides are every 30 minutes, but many of the earlier times sell out. Tickets can be purchased here.
- It is recommended that you arrive to Smiths Creek Depot about 15 minutes before your scheduled train ride.
- Plan to arrive early and stay late. There is so much to see and do.
- Bring a stroller or wagon if you have little ones who may get tired of walking. There is a designated area to park them during your train ride.
- Watch your children very carefully at the ropes as the train is arriving and departing.
- Be sure to pick up a map. Collect a stamp at each activity and then turn it in at the gift shop for a prize!
- More information, ticket pricing and a very informative FAQ section can be found here.