I was lucky to be chosen as a Mommy Reporter for the recent Day Out With Thomas event here in South Florida! The event is always held at Gold Coast Railroad Museum about an hour away from us down in South Miami. It’s a really cool train museum with tons of amazing old trains, and every year, Thomas the Tank Engine comes for a visit. The museum is set up like a mini Thomas theme park, with a train ride, train tables for kids to play at, coloring and crafts, a story listening center, video watching center, food, a photo op with Sir Topham Hatt, and of course, merchandise!
Zachary was extremely excited about our family day together and we had a pretty fabulous time. Of course he came away from the event with some cool new trains, a new Thomas blanket, a beach towel, and a bunch of other stuff.
GCR has a tram that takes you from the parking lot to the museum. As we rode in, we saw the signs and Zachary’s smile never left his face. He was so thrilled every time he saw a train or a picture of Thomas! When we arrived into the park, I tried to get him to take a picture with me and Thomas in the background, but he simply could not take his eyes off of the famous “true blue engine”!
He was in absolute joy and could not wait to check out the old trains and take a ride on Thomas!
Being on the train ride was very thrilling. We got to sit up in the double decker section and Zachary thought it was so neat to see everything from above. He couldn’t stop looking out the window. Since the double decker seats are smaller and only fit one person per seat, Adrian and I took turns photographing Zachary from each side, since we were sitting in a row.
It was fun to hang over the seat and play peek-a-boo with Mommy. 😉
And even more fun when Daddy played along! My husband Adrian had a good time pointing out the different engines to Zachary as we rode through the train museum’s grounds and saw all kinds of old trains.
He was still a happy boy by the end of the train ride – I think we could have stayed on there for ages!
Here are a few of the old trains that we passed on our ride through the Gold Coast Railroad Museum.
Overall we had a fantastic time. Zachary continues to talk about his visit to ride on Thomas and asks nearly every day (seriously!!) if we can go again soon. If he still loves Thomas next year as much as he does right now, I’m sure we will be back. The Day Out With Thomas event here in Miami is a wonderful event for anyone who loves Thomas. Best of all, when you attend the event at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Miami, your tickets are good to come back again and explore the museum when all of the exhibits are open (since everything is pretty much shut down for the Thomas visit). They had lots of interesting trains to look at including a No. 1 military train. I would love to come back some time with the whole family and explore this fun place!
If you attended Day Out With Thomas this year, I would love to hear about your experience! I’m already looking forward to attending the event next year!
Since we scheduled our train ride for early in the morning (the 11:15am departure), we were finished early and decided to make a whole day of it and enjoy some quality time together as a family. Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Day Out With Thomas adventure tomorrow!
Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary tickets for my family to attend Day Out With Thomas in Miami in exchange for a review of the event. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own!