Day Out With Thomas
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edeprinse
Beamsville, Canada13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
When we got there I have to admit that I was underwhelmed at the activities available. At first glance there didn't seem to be a lot. However, I was looking at it from an adult's point of view - my son loved it. Outside they had some beanbag games, a bubble making station, an area with plasma cars and toddler bikes, a reptile exhibit and a few areas for pictures, including a meet and greet with Sir Topham Hat. Inside there were Imaginarium train tables and Duplo train sets to play with, two bouncy castles (one for younger and one for older kids). They also had a storytelling area and a craft and song area. It was enough that we spent about two hours letting our son go from station to station. The Thomas train itself was awesome. It looked just like Thomas, with moving eyes and mouth. The ride was about 20 minutes with a little storyline played over a speaker about picking up the day's special. At the end, my son got a Jr. Conductor certificate. Overall it was worth it and if my son wants to go again next year, we will.
Written July 17, 2017
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Jen
Brampton, Canada92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
I had heard about this from a few friends and decided to go this year now that my youngest can get around without a stroller (I have a boy, 3 and girl, 6). Since it's about a 2 hour drive for us and I don't have to worry about naps (one way), I booked a 3:30pm train time and we decided to eat lunch on the way and be there 1/2 -1 hr before our train departs thinking that there isn't too much else to do.

From reading the other reviews, train ride is short and not very scenic so our expectations were low.

It's true - the ride itself isn't 'WOW'ing, but Thomas is in front and the kids think they are in Annie or Claribel, so from that aspect they were not disappointed and we (the adults) got to rest a bit without chasing kids around so it was good.

You can tell who puts this event on that it isn't their first time to the dance... there are tents everywhere to shade you from the sun when lining up, they have a large selection of toys and pictures for sale... but unlike other children attractions, they do not gouge you for money. What I mean by this, is they have people to take photos (that you can buy), but you can also take a picture yourself... don't have to try to sneak it by or hide the camera.

TIP: wait until after the train arrives to take photos. Less rushing and if you are at the end of the day (like us), less people to compete and the people that volunteer/work there don't mind taking the photo for you.

Also, we would have gone earlier when it opened. There are other activities like crafts or colouring... train set tables are set up (my son could have played 4 hours alone there), balloon animals... and it's FREE. Again, unlike other children attractions they had 'extras' but there was no charge.

There is food for sale at the event. No indoor toilets, port-o-potties... also, if you go earlier, your ticket that day also gets you into the museum near by (which we did not know ahead of time) and it closes early afternoon. I'm sure this is something the kids would have liked to go to but we arrived late afternoon near closing and had to get on to our train.

I would advise against the ride all day pass... very expensive and you can easily distract your kids with another activity or go to the museum after.
Written September 2, 2014
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KenThajer
Toronto, Canada119 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
Thomas the Tank Engine, the legendary train comes to St. Thomas every year in the summer. Huge volumes of little ones go to the city to get to see their locomotive hero, and this year that included my own Thomas fan. The venue is held at the St. Thomas-Elgin Memorial Centre on Wilson Ave. be advised that tickets should be purchased for the train ride well in advance as this is an immensely popular event. And be warned the price is very steep at nearly $30 CDN per person (and that includes the little ones - I know I had to pay full price for my 2 year old but I'm not sure about children younger). There are many more activities at the venue other than just the train ride including a bouncy castle, miniature train, craft centre and hay maze. There is the chance to meet Sir Topham Hatt and get a photo. There is also a variety of snack foods offered. Restroom facilities are portable toilets. Of course the main reason to go is the train ride which was disappointing. Large numbers of families are moved to lines to get in the train, and yes, Thomas is in the lead (photos can be taken with him). Once in, if there are three of you, you will be told to occupy a single bench meant for two as this train will be full. Arrive at least half an hour before to get a good seat - there were two areas on the train car we were in that did not have a window and the late arrivals got these horrible seats. The train ride lasts about 15 minutes each way and you see the lovely rear yards of subdivision homes in the flat terrain of St. Thomas, so even if you don't get a view you won't be missing much. Of course throughout the ride we got all the Thomas songs. You probably need only three or so hours here total. Now as an adult I wasn't much impressed for the price paid. I could have gone to a local place for a bouncy castle and found a better train ride for less money. But it wouldn't be Thomas. So if your child is a diehard Thomas fan, check this out. Otherwise, seek out better train rides elsewhere.
Written July 29, 2013
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Charlotte
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Event CANCELLED via SMS and email less than 45 minutes before due to start due to apparent 'weather conditions' despite website stating "The event will not be cancelled unless there are extreme weather conditions". Despite rain overnight it was dry and no further rain due until the evening, no wind.

Cancellation has ruined not only our family day out (something both myself and my husband had to take time off work for) but my sons 3rd birthday. He doesn't understand, he's very upset and confused. Advised tickets will be refunded within 5-7days, although website suggests this will be minus booking fee. Absolutely disgusting.
Written April 4, 2024
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lee c
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
15mins on Thomas to pick up supplies from Ropley to Alresford.The Thomas exterior of the train looked disgusting,not been cleaned for a long time.Thomas actually looked like he had a part time chimney sweeps job it was that dirty.
When we got to be seated in the carriage it was even worse.On our table was a thick layer of what can only be described as Kid Crud.along with a pool,yes a pool of condensation on the table.The train was past "tired" in the fifties.This was unbelievable.
The "fairground"was literally two small rides of about 15 ft diameter.How this was to serve as all day entertainment staggers me.The Dusty and Rusty show had no seating whatsoever.you just stood on the far side of the track and heard a lot of tannoy like commotion,then you had to strain your gaze across the tracks (with all the steam and smoke from the trains) trying to figure out who was doing what on the tannoy.This "event " must have been organised by a man called Biggs,whose last Great Train Robbery went south.Dont even bother booking
Written August 10, 2021
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CandiedChristine
Philadelphia, PA1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Family
We went to celebrate my nephew's birthday. This location was at Strasburg Rail Road, right outside Lancaster, PA.The tickets were $19 per person (even with young kids), so for our family we paid $76. The lines to board the train were very long and once you're on, the train is PACKED! They did have a conductor that came around to collect tickets, and a photographer to take a family photo (cheapest print was $18.00). The ride was maximum 15 minutes.

We're not doing it again. It just wasn't worth it. It was way too crowded, and you couldn't even get up front to see Thomas and get a picture in front of the blue locomotive. Once we were done, there were shops we could have gone in, but you can't bring in a stroller and I wasn't about to take my 2 year old out of the stroller. But that didn't stop other customers from leaving their strollers in the middle of the walking area, so it was a bit chaotic. The food was really expensive. Plus, it took us 1 1/2 hours each way to get there, so for over 3 hours of driving for a 15 minute train ride, not worth it.
Written September 15, 2014
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monca15
Mississauga, Canada200 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
Hello, Everybody
We went to see Thomas in July 2013
Unfortunately it wasn't a very Good Experience.
We paid 30$ each for the 3 of us 90$ Little overpriced.
The ground was ok, had some animals most of the vendors were food vendors, why would you need 7 out of 12 tents food.... Sad... :(
The gift shop was way overpriced, Thomas Balloons 12.99$
No strollers allowed to the Gift Shop so there were all over at the Main Room.
The Train Ride was ok, the only problem that they OVERsold the seats , so the last 12 ppl in line had tickets didn't get on, we had to wait for the next one.
Overall the function was overpriced, I do understand that it was a function so everybody had to make money but Please it was a Kids function, the staff rude, we will not go back .
Written July 22, 2013
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Sharon B
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
We took our 2 and 5 yr. old to day out with Thomas near Flint MI. We all had a blast. This is what I appreciate about the experience:
- we got there early as required on the tickets and it rained miserably... The crew suggested we will get on the earlier train in the hope the rain will end by the end of the ride. Appreciated!
- you can really enjoy the village and have the kids engaged in different activities without spending more money. Tickets where $22 each and we got to ride Thomas, see animals, play with trains, meet bob the bilder and Sr. Topm Hat, the inflatables where our due to rain, do a kid friendly hay maze, and gigantic bubbles. Who does not like bubbles???
Don't have to spend more money- appreciated!
- changing and nursery stations there where several around the village with wipes. Not having to find a bathroom and squeeze in line to change baby appreciated!
- the kids collected stamps in each station and at the gift shop got a little Thomas clapper. Cute suvinear for the kids that was included, much appreciated!
- we didn't take strollers however everything was stroller accessible and out of the rain parking for them while on the ride. Excellent!
- the parking was free. No additional charges .
There are some extra riders that do cost, Farris wheel was $4 for 4 of us. Reasonable in my opinion.
If it didn't rain on us for the first hour we were there we would have been a little happier .HOWEVER, the look on the kids face was priceless and this is clearly very thought through production. Highly recommend it!
Written August 22, 2016
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Sally G
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Family
I have a special needs son who is obsessed with Thomas. We have attended Thomas events at 5 different places and they vary tremendously from place to place. Our worst experience was Southern Ca at the Orange County train museum. Families were herded like cattle , kids crying and moved through the activities to make way for the next group, awful! 5 stars on the other hand to the event in Strassburg, Pa. The workers are all true train enthusiasts and really seem to enjoy sharing the experience and their knowledge with visitors young and old. The trains are meticulously restored and the love of them is evident. A REAL coal fired Thomas the Tank engine is pulling the train complete with soot and smoke. (Most events have a diesel fueled fake Thomas) If you can venture to Pennsylvania this is the one to attend.
Written June 23, 2016
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Marquita N
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Family
It's thrown up, surrounded by rummage markets and unorganized. The train ride was 10 minutes which was a waste. Nothing to see but dead trees. I expected a lot more for $130.00. We were very disappointed with the money spent and the 7 hour drive. Would never attend again.
Written September 19, 2015
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