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A Day Out with THOMAS!


Are you interested in meeting Thomas while he’s in Virginia City?! Next weekend is your last chance! Tickets are STILL available 10/30-11/1! Check here! Jamie and Tracie from Reno Moms Blog took their kids to this event last weekend, and are sharing their reactions and tips for those looking to go this upcoming weekend.

Jamie: I have 2 boys, both of whom adore Thomas the 12190050_950765871663723_133165128093081714_nTank Engine and train rides in general. Thus, when the opportunity arose to take my favorite guys to A Day Out with THOMAS, I jumped at the chance. My little one had no idea until we got there, but the moment he saw Thomas his eyes lit up. My 5 year-old, on the other hand, spent the entire morning singing, “Thomas the Tank Engine, WOO WOO!” They recommend arriving an HOUR before departure, so we arrived at 12:45pm for the 2:00pm train. Our first stop was a short wait at Will Call to grab our tickets then off to check out the activities offered. A kind gentleman provided us with a map to get stamped and stickers for the kids, there was a small area with ride-on Thomas’ for the littles, a place to get pictures with Thomas between rides, as well as a place to grab a snack.

We started by checking out Imagination Station, inside we found a tattoo station, coloring, a train track building area, and Thomas games on iPad. The boys loved the train building and games, so by the time they were done it was time for to hop on the train. The person taking out ticket helped us up and Isaac was able to pick a seat for the three of us. The boys crowded the window the entire ride. The scenery is amazing. Once off the train there was an opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hat, but the boys were more enthralled by the sandbox and we spent sometime playing in the dirt. There were also bean bag toss games available to play. We wandered down for pictures with Thomas and stopped at the gift shop which was filled with trains (Isaac chose Spencer and Avi got Luke), t-shirts, train whistles, and conductor hats. Luckily the pictures can be viewed and purchased online since, my little one was ready for a nap after all that action (We left around 3:00pm). I loved the shots with Thomas and though the packages can be a bit pricey there are some wonderful options for $18-$20. This is a great event I definitely recommend checking out!

After the event I received some questions from a friend, I thought I’d answer here:

Q: Anything we should bring to make it easier? Or don’t bring?

I’d bring jackets, just because of the time of year. Also, closed toe shoes, good for standing and walking. I’d recommend play clothes since there are definite opportunities to play in the dirt. Honestly, I’d leave the strollers at home, baby-wearing for the littles will be the ticket. The static displays are on train cars which are too narrow for strollers and you can’t bring the stroller on the train either, so it would be too much of a hassle for me. I brought water bottles for us and some small snacks. We weren’t there long enough for a whole meal, we ate lunch before we came… That said:

Q: Is it a place to picnic or buy food?

There isn’t a ton of room for a picnic at the depot, and if you chose to make a day out of it by checking out some of the awesome activities in Virginia City there are several great food options just up the hill. Don’t forget it’s HAUNTOBER in VC and there will be a parade and safe trick-or-treat on Halloween! MORE INFO

12065915_950757871664523_1949976503310237406_nTracie: We really enjoyed our day out with Thomas the Train in Virginia City. The entire event was impressively organized, and well-staffed. My kids especially loved the temporary tattoo station on board one of the static train displays, and the ride, of course! For the parents, the view from the train is gorgeous, and if you’re lucky, you’ll see some wild horses along the way. The ride is about 20 minutes, and it goes through a tunnel, which my kids haven’t stopped talking about. Definite highlight of the trip for them! A photographer comes through the train to take pictures, and for $18, the pic could be yours, a price I felt was fairly reasonable and comparable to the Easter Bunny or Santa. It was a fantastic family day out, and we had a great time. Thanks to Virginia City for bringing this to our area!


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FAQ about the event


About Jamie Schnell

Jamie Schnell
Jamie Schnell is an RN and full-time mommy to three boys. Her husband, Adam, keeps track of all the stuff that she can never remember where she had it last, and she loves his geeky-wonderfulness. He is definitely the best daddy. Jamie has a BA in English to accompany her BS in Nursing, and recently completed her Master's in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner track. Jamie loves reading, writing, crafting anything and everything, green beans, having little parties to celebrate life, coffee, camping, cooking, spa days, Cheetoes, naps, and just being outside.

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