Thomas: Leader of the Track!

Thomas the Tank Engine and all his friends are characters that have stayed popular (if not become more popular!) with girls and boys today. So, how amazing would a bigger-than-life Thomas, Sir Topham Hatt and a full slate of Thomas-related activities be to a child? For the 16th year in 2011, Day Out With Thomas™ events all over the world bring Thomas and his friends to life.

The “Leader of the Track Tour” will visit 45+ railways in the U.S. and Canada for the unbelievably unique experience of RIDING a Thomas train! Other activities vary by location, but may include tons of fun like petting zoos, face painting, Thomas storytelling and more to celebrate everyone’s favorite train.

As 2011 plans continue to be ironed out, be sure to keep up with the official website for ticket information and more. Here are some railroad websites that have already posted information for 2011:

The Strasburg Rail Road in Lancaster County, Pa. is one of the rail sites taking part in the 2011 festivities: on June 18-26, Sept. 17-25 and Nov. 18-20. They even have special shirts to commemorate the occasion. If you are interested in getting tickets, stay in touch with them on Facebook for ticket information.

Oklahoma Railway Museum will host Thomas later this fall, with trips on Sept. 23-25, and Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

Can’t wait till summer? We’re only weeks away from Day Out With Thomas™ events in warmer locales. The Copper Spike Train in Globe, Ariz. has rides 25-minute train rides set for Mar. 5-6 and 12-13, and the Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish, Fla. will welcome Thomas on Apr. 2-3 and 9-10.

In the meantime, and we bet your kids don’t need help getting “revved up” for this event, take a look at our popular Thomas the Tank Engine Toys. A Thomas jigsaw puzzle would be a good way to pass the time until you hear, “All Aboard!”

Picture of cute child with Sir Topham Hatt, and the 2011 ad, are from the Day Out with Thomas™ website.

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