On Sunday morning, we made our way into Nashville for Day Out With Thomas. My Mom and I have been planning this for a few months, and knew that it was going to be a big hit because Grayson is so into Thomas right now.
We bought our tickets for the 10:00 AM ride, and they recommended getting there about an hour early, but we didn’t. I’d say that we go there about 30-35 minutes early? Which, if you ask me, is the perfect time. You’re able to quickly get in line, and then when the ride after yours starts, you will have time to wander around to all of the different activities. When we arrived, it was almost boarding time so we go in line. They do the lines based on what car you’re in–we were in car 2. The closer you are to Thomas, the sooner you’re able to line up for pictures with him.
The train ride itself was relatively quick. We rode backwards for about 10 minutes, and then headed forwards to pull into where we left from. Unless you’re able to see Thomas beforehand, your kids won’t realize that he’s pulling the train. Grayson didn’t mind that part, he was excited to look out the window and see all of the other trains that were on the tracks. We were also able to see a great view of Downtown, including the Nissan stadium, during our train ride.
Once you exit the train, you’re directed to head towards Thomas. They tell you that the only way to get photos with Thomas is to use their professional photographers they have on site, and pay for the photos later. I saw a lot of other people cheating though, so I did too. And, if we’re being honest, the photographers were kneeling and shooting up…which is the least flattering angle for anyone ever. Thankfully, I was able to sneak a few shots of my own. Grayson did NOT want to look away from Thomas to look at me though. He was absolutely mesmerized once he saw him. At first, you could tell that he was a little bit confused. That quickly turned to excitement. Seeing the joy on his face when he saw Thomas was completely worth it!
When you first enter the event, they hand you a piece of paper with five locations on it. Each location will give you a stamp and when you collect all four stamps you get a price. (Spoiler Alert: The price is three bracelets) The four locations are: Temporary Tattoo Station, Viewing Area, Imagination Station, Knapford Station (where you can take photos with Sir Topham Hat), and the Gift Shop. We waited until after our ride was finished to visit all of the stations. They also have three giant bounce houses, mini golf and corn hole, and a petting zoo.
The Imagination Station was Grayson’s favorite because there are toys to play with. We spent most of our time there, letting him play with the other kids and run around. I’m so thankful that it was a nice day outside, because if not we would have been miserable the entire time. I love that they do this during the late Summer and Early Fall months.
Of course, they make you exit through the Gift Shop! Grayson picked out some Thomas Mega Blocks and a Drawstring Backpack.
We had such a fun time! If your kids are into Thomas, definitely look into taking them when it comes to your town, because they will have an absolute blast. We’ll probably be back next year, if Grayson continues to love Thomas as much as he does now.
Have any of y’all been to Day Out With Thomas?