My youngest is now three and taking him to Day Out With Thomas was a truly magical experience for him. Day Out with Thomas has so much to offer including rides, activities, shows and more, in the beautiful setting of Heritage Park.
Day Out With Thomas at Heritage Park
Day Out With Thomas at Heritage Park
Riding the Train
The highlight of the experience was the train ride. You get to ride in a real steam train pulled by a life sized Thomas the Tank Engine. Although you have to buy a timed ticket, you can sit where ever you want. I liked sitting on one of the cars towards the back and on the inside track so the kids could see Thomas out the window as the train went around the corners.
The train went around the track three times without stopping. It ended up being the perfect length - long enough so you feel like you’ve gotten a good ride but not so long that the younger kids start getting restless. My youngest found the experience so exciting that he asked when he could go back to ride the Thomas train again for weeks after.
Watching Thomas Around the Park
The train ride is definitely the main attraction, but there is so much more fun to be had. One of the things my kids loved best was spotting Thomas at different places throughout the park. In some ways it’s even more fun than riding the train because you can do it all day long!
Heritage Park Experience on a Quieter Day
Not everything is open during Day Out With Thomas, but many of the things that little visitors love best are open and they usually have shorter lines too. Rides like the mini ferris wheel, carousel, and the swing boats are open and are a lot of fun for young kids.
One of my favourite things to do is to ride on the horse drawn wagon. The route is shorter and the wait in line is usually not as long as on a regular day at Heritage Park. This was definitely one of the highlights of our visit.
The bakery, candy store and ice cream shop are also open and great places to stop for a treat. We picked up some cheese buns and sausage rolls - amazing!
In addition to the train ride, there are many other special activities in the park. You can get your photo taken with Thomas while he’s parked at the station. Sometimes while he is sitting at the station, Thomas even talks and his mouth actually moves. The look on my son’s face when he saw Thomas talk was priceless. You can also get a photo with Sir Tompham Hat - my kids find it too intimidating but there is always a lineup of kids waiting for their turn. .
Over at the Opera house they had Thomas & Friends storytelling and videos and in the snooker parlour there was a huge model railway set up. My kids adored watching the trains go around and spotting different features in the fun, imaginative displays.
The majority of the activities were in the tents. There was live entertainment every half hour throughout the day, a craft area with Thomas coloring sheets and a play area with Thomas toys. My youngest was most impressed with the stickers and temporary tattoos. He was still showing the tattoo off to everyone and telling them about our visit days later.
In the other tent there was a Thomas gift shop set up with huge selection of Thomas merchandise - toys, hats, balls, trains, shirts, you name it. We added to our wooden train collection with a special edition Day Out With Thomas train car.
When we arrived at the park each kid got a little passport book with activities and spots for stamps at different stations in the park. We collected all the stamps and the kids each got a surprise on the way out. This year the surprise was a little Thomas ball.
If you have a little Thomas fan in your family, Day Out with Thomas at Heritage Park is sure to be memorable experience. It is well run and perfectly set up for younger, Thomas loving, visitors. We love going to Heritage Park but going to Day Out With Thomas really is a special event.