As a railroad family, we were very excited to be attending this event! It has been something that we have always wanted to do but just never seemed to find the time between work and having babies. One of our families New Year resolution this year was to spend more time together as a family and what better way to do that than to visit with our favourite Tank Engine!
When we first arrived on site we were greeted by the friendly crew members who gave us our event maps, there were four stations that you have to visit to receive a stamp and then your child receives a prize at the end of the day. Once Zachary heard that we knew our goal for the day, collect all the stamps and get our prize.
Our first stop was to have the boys picture taken with Thomas, Nathan was in complete shock and awe. While my husband waited in the line with the baby to board the train the big boys and I went over to meet Thomas. The line for this was so quick as they have two families take pictures at the same time.
After we met Thomas we were off on our 20-minute train ride on Thomas. You load onto the train cars and once everyone is loaded in they have all the passengers make the final boarding call.
While you are on the train you are greeted by volunteers who come through blowing bubbles for the kids and asking them some fun trivia questions. At the end of the ride, each child is given a Jr. Engineer Certificate as a keepsake.
Our next stop after the train was to go to the Storytelling & Video viewing, we caught the tail end of one of the videos. My boys ran off pretty quickly to the letter writing station. You are able to write a letter to your favourite engine and send it off in an old fashion mail car and your child will receive a letter back. Zachary was very into this with being in Kindergarten and always wanting to practice his spelling and writing. We look forward to receiving our letters back in the mail.
Next, we made our way over to the Roundhouse where there was a large Gift Shop with tons of different Thomas toys, clothes and much more. And a bouncy Castle for the kids to burn off some of their energy and these cute little train cutouts for a fun photo opp.
From there we headed over to the Imagination Station which is where we spent the remainder of our day. There was a station with Arts & Crafts and colouring pages for kids to use while they waiting for between the different entertainment acts (Musician & Magician).
While Zachary watched the Magician (he even got to help in the show), Nathan and I waited to meet Sir Topham Hatt. They had a huge play area with four different train tables and Mega Bloks stations for kids to play with while they wait for Sir Topham Hatt to arrive.
My thoughts on the event:
If you have a little Thomas fan in your home I would highly recommend that you check out this event. They had so much to keep you busy, we were there for over 4 hours and still did not get to every activity they had. The crew all over the park were so helpful and friendly. And the park grounds were very well maintained. We will be returning for many years to come.
The Squamish Food Bank as has a donation tent set up on site, so please bring a nonperishable food item or cash donation to support their local community that is helping to host this event.
There are still tickets left for this event for May 18, 23 & 24. Order your tickets online or by calling toll-free 1-888-222-6608.
Tickets: $25.20 plus tax. Free admission for children under two who are accompanied by a paying adult.
Parking: $5 cash
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