The friendliest engine has arrived in Squamish.  Big thanks to the West Coast Heritage Railway Association for bringing everyone’s favourite little blue engine back to town.

The Day Out with Thomas is so much more than the 25 minute ride on the big train.  While riding a real train is a blast, the hoards of volunteers have set up oodles of activities to keep the hundreds of kids thoroughly entertained.

In the main station, FREE face painting as well as storytelling and Thomas movies kept the kids enthralled.  For $5 the miniature train took visitors on a 20 minute ride around the park.  In the round house, loads of Thomas and Friends toys were for sale.  There were model trains set up, some of which the kids could drive themselves.

In the building off the back of the round house the Imagination Station is set up.  Even more events are available (all included in your ticket price): temporary tattoos; bouncy castle; colouring sheets; Sir Topham Hat, in person; a live magic show and much more.

When leaving your Day Out with Thomas, the children are giving great prizes.  The Thomas & Friends Naming Wheel is just about the best thing since sliced bread.  I must admit the names of Thomas’ friends have never stuck for me.  I’m forever saying “Sorry buddy, I don’t know his name”.  Thanks to this Naming Wheel, I’m no longer the disastrous mom who doesn’t know the name of the pink train with freckles (FYI – her name is Rosie!)

Thomas prizesThomas the Train visits the West Coast Railway Association June 8, 14 & 15.  Tickets are still available.  During your time up at Thomas be sure to give the odd nod of thanks to the dedicated volunteers who do a fantastic job of putting this event on for our kids.