I sent our field correspondent out to the opening weekend of the Thomas Event, A Day Out With Thomas. Andrea and Jon have 3 young children, ages 7, 4 and 1. They got several great pictures while they were there:
Some of the magic of the Island of Sodor has come to the tri-state. Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt have arrived in Lebanon and so has the circus. While the ride in Thomas’ coaches was brief the scenery was beautiful. The number of free activities on hand more than made up for the brevity of the train ride.
The attractions include balloon shapes (mostly flowers and swords), juggling, a magician, story time, pictures with Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt, face painting, temporary tattoos, games, an area full of track tables, a hay maze, and putt-putt.
My boys really enjoyed themselves and the only thing that was not free were the train ride, food, and merchandise. We ended up getting there at 1 and stayed until 4. Sir Topham Hatt only came around at a certain time, which unfortunately we kept missing.
There were definitely some rough edges, but similar to what you would see at a community festival. Thomas and his coaches have been lovingly maintained, but as they were built in 1936 they do show signs of their age. Many of the tents were old and faded. At the mini-golf, there were a couple of missing ball catch cups and also a couple of broken putters but it was still the activity we enjoyed the most other than the ride on Thomas.
- Plenty of free activities
- Thomas the Tank Engine
- Skews very young
- Rough around the edges with signs of wear and tear.
- Great for the under 8 crowd and train lovers of all ages but not much to appeal to anyone else.
- Visit the LM &M Railroad Website