It’s that time of year again; Thomas the Train will be pulling into The Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish, Florida.

For two weekends, March 11-12 & 17-19, kids and their families can join Thomas and his friends for a full day of activities, games, stories, and excitement.

The day is culminated by a 25-minute ride on one of Thomas’ train cars through the Florida countryside. It’s an event that my family looks forward to every year.

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Day Out with Thomas is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends™ themed activities.

The tour, now in its 22nd year, will make 42 stops across the U.S. and Canada, and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2017.

For two back-to-back weekends, little engineers and their families are invited to take a 25-minute ride on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas & Friends fun.

In celebration of this year’s theme, Day Out With Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017 will feature an array of friendship-inspired activities. Attendees will be able to participate in events that encourage and celebrate friendship including photo opportunities, crafts, and a fun activity that invites kids to collect passport stamps throughout the day to receive a trio of Day Out With Thomas friendship bracelets.

The 2017 tour theme is in line with this year’s Thomas & Friends global brand campaign, ‘Set Friendship in Motion’ – a campaign that ties together content, social integrations, and event activities across the entire Thomas & Friends franchise to highlight the importance of first friendships and the development of key friendship skills in toddlers.

Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every hour on the hour, rain or shine. Departure times begin at 9:00AM through 4:00PM each day of the event. Tickets for Day Out with Thomas are $19 to $23 tax for ages two and up.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at or by calling toll-free 866.468.7630. For more information and directions, contact the Florida Railroad Museum at (941) 776-0906 or visit

Front entrance of Day Out with Thomas 2016 at the Florida Rail Road Museum

In celebration of the event, Mattel and The Florida Railroad Museum have provided a four (4) pack of tickets for me to give away to one lucky reader. Winners tickets (4) will be for Saturday, March 11 between 3pm and 4pm. The railroad will assign departure times; all times are firm. 

It is advised to arrive an hour ahead of departure time to park and board Thomas The Tank.  Of course, feel to arrive earlier and stay later to enjoy all the Day out with Thomas activities.

Day Out with Thomas takes place at The Florida Railroad Museum:

12210 83rd St East
Parrish, FL 34219

Giveaway entries close Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 9:00pm EST.

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