We recently ventured up to Squamish, BC to enjoy A Day Out With Thomas.
I was really impressed with the gift shop that they had at the event. I expected a tiny gift shop with only a few items and extremely overpriced. What I found was a good sized gift shop with a lot of variety and the items priced in line with other stores found at events. We purchased a t-shirt for $16.99, a hat for $16.99, a flag for $5.99 and a wonderful reusable Thomas bag for $3.99. I was really happy that they had t shirts for sizes from infant up to size 7 so we were able to get my not so little, little one a t-shirt.
Upon arrival at the event, you are provided a sheet that you go around and collect the stamps. At the end you receive a prize when you leave if you have collected all the stamps and the special sticker for riding Thomas.
Of course the highlight of everything is the actual ride on Thomas the Train. Thomas arrives into the station and there is a chance for everyone to have a photo op with him. You can then purchase the photo at their photo kiosk.
The train ride really entertains the little ones and my little one wanted to go for even a longer ride than we did. She did not want to get off of Thomas. The train ride lasted about 20 minutes and in Squamish it backed out of the stations, then went down the rails for a bit, having to go through a railway crossing and stop the cars. My little one thought it was great to be on the train stopping the cars instead of being in a car waiting for the train to go by as we usually are.
Once Thomas went down the rail for a bit, he reversed and went backwards until he could go forward into the station again. I did hear from other parents that the Squamish Thomas route was a straight line forward and back, but honestly, with the little one’s they do not car about the route, they care about being pulled along by Thomas.
When you are not riding Thomas you can enjoy donuts, popcorn, lemonade, ice cream or snacks in their little snack bar. You also can venture off and watch videos or visit Sir Topham Hatt. We did not have a chance to visit Sir Topham Hatt with our visit.
At the Squamish location there are mini trains as well that you can ride on. It is an enjoyable ride, but it is an extra $3.50 per person. I think it is worth the extra money and we would do it again.
In the end, if you have a little Thomas fan running around your house, then they will likely enjoy A Day Out With Thomas.
If you missed the June 2nd and 3rd dates you still have a chance to see Thomas in Squamish on June 9th and 10th from 830 am to 600 pm. To find locations and information on tickets CLICK HERE.