Who doesn't love Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends? We had the opportunity to visit with Thomas, Sir Topham Hatt and the wonderful people at the Colorado Railroad Museum today, and boy, did we have fun!
Admission gets you into the museum, as well as a 25 minute ride on the train, pulled by Thomas, of course! We also enjoyed checking out all of the Thomas-related activities...a temporary tattoo booth, hands-on Island of Sodor trains exhibit, petting zoo, sing-alongs, story and video times, and the Imagination Station full of Arts & Crafts. My kids loved watching the miniature trains outside in the garden.
Be sure to bring your camera to take pictures of the family with Sir Topham Hatt and Thomas! The museum staff takes pictures as well, which are posted about 10 minutes after you have them taken...but there is no pressure to buy, which is nice. You can also view them online after you get home.
Several food vendors were on hand to provide your family with a hearty meal, from steak sandwiches and pizza to "hobo" lunches for the kiddos (a neckerchief filled with a PBJ sandwich and other goodies. If you don't want to purchase a meal, you can find a huge assortment of snacks to keep the kids happy! The fresh kettle corn was definitely our favorite. There were plenty of shady spots and picnic tables to sit down around the museum, too.
The Colorado Railroad Museum provides a free, continuously running shuttle (on very upscale buses, I might add!) from the parking lot to the grounds. We did not have to wait more than five minutes on either end. Strollers are welcome, and the bus driver will even help you get yours on the bus!
Tickets are $18 for ages 2 and up, which includes a train ticket. Those who prefer not to ride the train can purchase general admission tickets for $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors 60 and up, and $5.00 for children ages 2-15. Trains run at 8:30, 9:15, 10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 1:00, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4:00, 4:45, and 5:30. Thomas' last weekend at the museum is September 27th and 28th. Get your tickets soon, as the rides are very quickly selling out!
Log on to http://www.ticketweb.com/thomas.html
to find tickets today! Or, purchase tickets by calling Ticketweb at 866-468-7630 or the museum at 303-279-4591 during normal business hours.