In March 2015, the Gold Coast Railroad Museum will be welcoming none other than that favorite blue locomotive: Thomas the Tank Engine. Kids of all ages will be thrilled to meet the life-sized blue train that has won over audiences for 65 years.
Climb aboard Thomas the Tank Engine at a special Day Out with Thomas event happening at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum — Photo courtesy of Gold Coast Railroad Museum
Day Out with Thomas is an exclusive event making its way to 45 stops throughout the U.S. and Canada. Thomas the Tank Engine will be stopping in Kendall at the family-friendly Gold Coast Railroad Museum, a local attraction that features rail cars, model trains, steam engines and plenty of locomotive history.
Located just west of Zoo Miami, the museum is the perfect place for America's top engine to visit eager train enthusiasts.
Fans will be delighted when they see Thomas pull in to the museum's station, greeting his guests to a day of fun-filled activity. Visitors will get a chance to take photos with the beloved engine, as well as with Sir Topham Hatt, the director of the Sodor Railway, where Thomas and his friends all live.
At the Imagination Station, each child will receive a temporary tattoo of their favorite engine (whether it be Thomas, Emily, Percy or Gordon). There will be train-related arts and crafts, as well as Thomas toys to play with, plus a Thomas storytelling area for the little ones to enjoy.
Explore the caboose, or check out the model trains while visiting the museum — Photo courtesy of Gold Coast Railroad Museum
Those with more electronic inclinations can enjoy playing Thomas games at the Thomas iPad station. Your favorite episodes of Thomas & Friends will also be playing at the video viewing station, where you and your kiddos can relax for a bit in between all the fun.
Guests will also be enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a chance to ride aboard Thomas. Each guest's ticket will have a train ride time stamped on it, and every rider will get a chance to climb aboard and enjoy the sights while Thomas pulls them around the museum grounds for a 25-minute ride they'll never forget.
The 100-year-old Florida East Coast Railway Locomotive 113 is just one of the majestic trains on exhibit at the Kendall-based museum — Photo courtesy of Gold Coast Railroad Museum
While spending the day with Thomas, museum guests will also be welcome to enjoy viewing other parts of the museum. Historical artifacts, model trains and other locomotive memorabilia are all part of the museum's on-going exhibitions. The link train, standard gauge train and standard gauge diesel-electric locomotive will also be available for exploring.
Day Out with Thomas will be happening on the weekends of March 7 to 8 and March 14 to 15, with train rides happening every 45 minutes from 10:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and children two years or older.
The museum's general operating hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and then 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.