Do you have a little Thomas the Tank Engine fan in your house? If so, you won’t want to miss Tennessee Central Railway Museum’s – Day Out With Thomas! You and your child will get to meet a life-size, talking Thomas – and the best part? He’s going to take you on a 30-minute ride along the Cumberland River through downtown Nashville!
2019 – Thomas has left the station
You can still get an idea of what to expect at other Day Out with Thomas events from our experiences below.
What To Expect
I was very pleased to find that parking for this event was an absolute breeze! There was no shortage of good spots, there were signs directing you where to go and we didn’t have to hike 5 miles to get to the train station. After you park, follow the signs and make your way to the check-in booth. Have your tickets ready and the friendly staff will get you in and give each child a map.
The map has spots for getting stamps from the various activity booths and if you collect all of the stamps you get a special Thomas themed prize on your way out. I was nervous about this at first since most events like this require you pay more money on top of your ticket for “extra” activities. Such was not the case at Day Out With Thomas! In fact, all of the “extra” activities were included in the ticket price and it made the day so much less stressful. You will want to plan for the ICEE truck and the gift shop, however.
There were so many fun things to do, we were happy we arrived about an hour and a half before our train ride was scheduled. You’ll want to arrive at least that early if you don’t plan to stay and play once the train ride is over.
First stop: ICEE TRUCK!! At $3 each this was a totally worth it treat since it was so hot outside. We also stopped at the tattoo shop to pick out a temporary Thomas tattoo.
One of the most popular activities were the bounce houses and inflatable slides. They had a smaller one for young children and two larger ones for the big kids.
There was a really cute little putt putt golf course set up. The kids had fun trying to putt around all of the little obstacles.
One of the activities we loved the most was the Imagination Station. Under a big tent, they had several train tables set up with tracks and trains of all kinds, and a few tables to build with Thomas the Train Mega Bloks sets.
If your little one is eager to ride a Choo Choo while waiting for the BIG Choo Choo ride, never fear! Just hop aboard the little train and go round and round as many times as you like.
Don’t forget to stop by the petting zoo and feed the farm animals of Sodor! There were goats, sheep, alpacas, donkeys and bunnies to pet and feed.
It’s almost time for the train ride! For 20 minutes before each scheduled Thomas ride, you have a chance to grab a photo with Sir Topham Hatt, himself.
Other activities included an area to cool off and watch Thomas on TV and listen to Mother Goose read favorite Thomas books, a stage with live music and kiddo karaoke, a tablet station to play Thomas games, and the gift shop with lots of fun Thomas-themed merchandise.
ALL ABOARD for a Day Out with Thomas!!!
An announcement will be made to start lining up for your train ride about 10 minutes before departure. Once it’s time to go, the conductor will give a brief rundown of the rules and some tips to make your ride more enjoyable: no food or drink other than water allowed in the train cars, make sure to use the restroom before departure, how to help your child up the steps into the train car, etc.
Once on the train you’ll take your seats and be on your way. The cars are air conditioned and the seats are super comfy, so sit back, relax and enjoy your ride!
At the end of your 30-minute excursion along the Cumberland River, you’ll arrive back at the station and your child will receive a certificate for being an official Jr. Engineer.
Don’t forget to take a walk down to see Thomas up close and grab a pic with him!
After your ride you are welcome to stay as long as you would like to play in the activities area, or you can take your map to the exit table and claim your prize. We really did have an excellent day out at this event and we’ll be recommending it to everyone we know. Tickets sell out fast, you can purchase your tickets by clicking here. Don’t delay!