Thomas the Train

Thomas the steam engine made a visit to Chattanooga early this summer. Ian’s Grandpoppa wanted to take Ian for a ride behind one of his favorite engines. Truth be told, Ian actually prefers Percy most (because he’s green, you know), but Sodor does kind of recognize Thomas as the star, so Ian likes Thomas pretty well also.

img_20160501_110256066.jpgWe had no idea that our tickets for a 20 minute train ride would include an entire day’s worth of activities. When we walked past the ticket window, we found ourselves in a world of trains big and small. We automatically found ourselves derailed (get it!) at one of the first stops (okay, I’ll stop now) along our Thomas event route. The organizers of this shindig set img_20160501_091121267.jpgup a huge tent full of Sodor’s trains in toy form with some really cool tracks. And conveniently all of these same toys were available in the gifts shop tent… Well played,
marketing company.

Further down the trail, we found a giant bubble station.I’m not sure who had a better time creating enormous floating bubbles: Ian while he made them, or Grandpoppa as he watched and helped.

2016050195102548.jpgAnother fun station included an artist creating balloon animals (or swords, crowns, flowers, etc). Ian selected to have a frog balloon made, and desperately loved his frog for days. He was quite devastated when the air leaked out even though he worked so hard not to pop any of the balloons in his frog.

Ian even got to go for a round of miniature golf, jump in a bounce house, meet Sir Topham Hat (well, kind of) and pet a variety of animals while we spent our day at the train station. While Ian enjoyed all of this enthusiastically, I don’t think any of it came close to his delight of riding a rail car pulled by Thomas.

2016050195105321.jpgThomas pulled us out of the station, and  up the tracks for a little ways, then we reversed and pulled back to the station. I think we spent a total of 20-30 minutes in motion, which turned out to be just long enough for Ian to have a great time, but not so long that he could become bored with the experience. Overall, we all had an excellent experience and fully recommend any parents of Thomas (or Percy) fans to take advantage of this fun event.




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“For in Calormen, story-telling (whether the stories are true or made up) is a thing you're taught, just as English boys and girls are taught essay-writing. The difference is that people want to hear the stories, whereas I never heard of anyone who wanted to read the essays.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy Join us on our family adventures as I try to tell our stories rather than bore you with more online essays.
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