Day Out with Thomas
Hey everyone! I’m back! Did you miss me? I hated missing my What’s Up Weekend post last week since I’m now a co-host, but I just didn’t have time to pre post that one before I went out of town. I’ll be back at it this week though! I hope you all had great weekends. We had a wonderful time checking out the Day Out with Thomas event at the North Shore Railroad in Duluth, so I thought I’d share a little bit about it!
We had tickets for the Friday event, so we decided to go up to Duluth on Thursday, stay overnight and be ready to go first thing in the morning (Duluth is about 2 1/2 hours north of the Twin Cities for those of you not from Minnesota). It was a bit of a rainy day unfortunately, but we made it to our hotel – The Inn on Lake Superior – and got ourselves checked in by about 3:00. During a lull in the rain we took a walk over to one of my favorite restaurants in Duluth, Grandma’s Bar and Grill and had some dinner. Then we headed back to the hotel. Nate and my dad took Ollie down to go swimming and my mom and I walked over to Canal Park Brewing so I could grab a crowler of beer for us to enjoy that evening. Of course I left my phone back in the room and that would be when we saw the most giant ship coming into the harbor. We went back and I joined the boys for some swimming, then we got dried off and enjoyed one of my favorite perks of staying at the Inn – free S’mores in the evening! Ollie also taught his grandparents how to play his favorite Oregon Trail game. Then we all went to bed, we wanted to be at our event by 9:00 so we wanted to be sure we got up in time for breakfast and getting checked out.
Friday the rain was gone and it was a beautiful morning. We had a quick breakfast at the hotel, got ourselves checked out and then headed over to the North Shore Railroad museum at the Depot in Downtown Duluth. We had tickets to ride Thomas at 10:00 and Percy at 11:30, but there was plenty of other stuff going on in the meantime. Outside they had activities for the kids like bouncy houses (Ollie’s not much for those though) a cute little set of mini-golf, face painting, temporary tattoos, water tables and a little mini foam party. We spent time doing that and then they announced that Thomas was arriving and we could start boarding. After a quick picture we got in line. It was definitely a full train – we were on the very last car. After everyone was loaded up they took us out on a 15 minute ride just a little north of the station and then back.
They have you exit and go inside (through the gift shop, of course!) but they had a lot of stuff going on inside. The museum has lots of big train engines, some you can even go up inside and also a large model train set up. The Thomas events were also continuing inside, we took in a little bit of a magic show, they were also having storytime, coloring and you could view your pictures from outside as well (pro-tip, I learned from friends who attended later, you don’t have to use their photographer, take your own photo and save some money). Pretty soon it was time to go line up for Percy. Ollie seemed to be a little more excited for Percy. I think part of it is Percy is his favorite engine and also, he was starting to warm up to things a bit more. Also, there were a few less people doing Percy, so our train car was less full and he prefers smaller crowds. At first I was kind of thinking maybe we shouldn’t have purchased the extra Percy ticket but in the end I’m glad we did.
(Yes this is a “proof” – I have ordered the actual print but it hasn’t arrived yet)
After our Percy ride was over we were pretty much done for the day and ready to go get lunch. Your ticket is good for the whole day if you want it to be, but honestly after the Thomas stuff was done there wasn’t a whole lot more to do so we were good with being done. Overall I thought it was a cute event and worth the price ($28 for both Thomas and Percy). I would definitely recommend it if you have train obsessed kiddos. It’s an event that travels the country too, it’s not local to Minnesota, so you should look and see if they’re coming to a town near you!