FULL SPEED AHEAD with Thomas the Train™
Calling all Thomas the Train™ fans and locomotive lovers.
Greenfield Village has brought the Island of Sodor right to Dearborn, Michigan. Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, Sir Topham Hatt™ and more during A Day Out With Thomas™.
The special Day Out With Thomas™ event is a yearly tradition at Greenfield Village that brings plenty of visitors. It typically runs over the course of three weekends, at the end of April and into early May. Book your tickets online and enjoy the train ride along with a host of fun activities.
Tickets can be purchased on the day of, but be aware that many times sell out, so you may want to consider purchasing in advance.
Five Reasons You Should Jump on Board
- The train ride. While waiting for Thomas to pull into the station, you’ll feel like you are right in an episode of the series. There is lots of excitement as you listen for Thomas’ whistle and watch for his steam (fun fact: Greenfield Village happens to be one of the only places in the country where Thomas runs as a full steam engine). The excitement continues as you board the train and listen to music from the show. After declaring all aboard, be sure to wave as you depart the station! The approximately 20-minute ride tours all around picturesque Greenfield Village. Each child is awarded a certificate 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 follow his whistle and look for his steam!
- Meet 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. Professional photographers are there to take pictures for purchase, but you are welcome to use your own camera. Times to meet him are posted at the entrance to his indoor area.
- Imagination Station. Inside the Imagination Station there are many activities for kids including temporary tattoos, iPad station, train tables, kids playhouses and the gift shop. The gift shop features souvenirs, toys, clothing, and a very popular Thomas balloon. Be sure to pick up a “Passport to Adventures” as you visit the different stations and get a stamp. Hand in your completed passport for a free gift at the Imagination Station.
- Touring Greenfield Village. Your Thomas the Train™ ticket also includes admission to Greenfield Village. Train enthusiasts will want to see the vintage trains and train engines at the Railroad Junction. While older children will appreciate the historic buildings, there are also plenty of activities for the younger crowd including a construction site-themed playground, carnival games and parachute, carousel, bubble stations, live music, and magic shows. Be sure to grab a schedule with details when you arrive.
Tips From A Parent
- Purchase tickets in advance. Train rides are every 30 minutes, but many of the earlier times sell out.
- Arrive at Smiths Creek Depot about 15 minutes before your scheduled train ride. The depot is about a 15-20 minute walk from most parking areas. Plus, one of the most exciting parts of the day is standing there as Thomas pulls into the station before your ride.
- Plan to arrive early and stay late. There is so much to see and do.
- Dress for the weather and be prepared to be outside – rain or shine!
- Bring a stroller or wagon if you have little ones who may get tired of walking, as there is a lot of space to cover. There is a designated area to park them during your train ride.
- As soon as your train ride is over, head directly to the other side of the Smiths Creek Depot if you want a picture with Thomas. He is only there for a limited time before his next ride.
- Pack lunch or snacks to bring with you, as food options are limited.
For More Information
Find ticket information and answers to other questions online. Want to enhance the experience? Consider the Railroader’s Breakfast that includes not only pancakes but a visit from Sir Topham Hatt.
The Henry Ford – Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, MI 48124
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Experience passes were provided by Greenfield Village for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.