A Day Out with Thomas

For a train loving kid, a surprise trip to Baltimore for A Day Out With Thomas was the perfect gift.  Our ticket got us both into the B and O Railroad Museum and on the ride with Thomas. Set up around the museum were stations to play festival games, blow bubbles, a play ground, meet Sir Topham Hatt, lawn games, and of course a gift shop. On site were also several food trucks and a performer too. 

At the B and O Railroad Museum there are two rides, the Happy Trail and the Choo Choo Blueville. There is also usually a Kids Zone with toys, and on weekends they have story times and activities. On the first and third Thursday of the month from January to October they offer a toddler time with stories and train games. 
The museum itself was the largest train museum I've ever seen. The museum comprises the oldest and most comprehensive American railroad collection in the world. Its 40 acre campus has several sections and allows you to walk through all of the different types of train cars, plus see different types of trains from different eras. I actually learned a lot about the history of trains while walking around. It was on this campus that American railroading was born, and where in 1829 the first commercial long distance track was built. 
A Day Out With Thomas is a traveling exhibit that spends a few weekends at each location. After it finishes in Baltimore, it will head to Blowing Rock, North Carolina, then Cordele Georgia, and finally Ronks, Pennsylvania.