Friday 22 April 2011

Today's Review: Day Out With Thomas

My daughter loves Thomas The Tank Engine, or Thomas & Friends as it's called now. It used to be the sole love of her life, but now her attentions are equally shared between Thomas, Disney Princesses and Barbie movies. But Thomas still holds a special place in her heart, as evidenced by today.

Day Out With Thomas is an event held at several railway stations around the country. Basically a few platforms get taken over and they run some trains that are done up to look like some of the engines from the show.

Yup, they look pretty cool. Yes, it's a fantastic place to take your kids if they are obsessed with Thomas. But there's not much more to say about it really. There are four trains to ride on, and they all go on the same line, so there's quite a bit of waiting involved. It's like a theme park, except that after queuing for one ride, you go queue for a different ride that's actually exactly the same, but with a different paint job. Also, the ride involves driving up and down a track.

At this point I know you're condemning me for being a bored parent when the day's all about the kids, but I wasn't playing the bored parent today. We were laying out plans of which train to go on next, when to eat ice cream, all that stuff. And while the rides themselves were not the most thrilling, it's good to see your kids get so excited over it all. Even if they do want to spend the majority of the time talking to this guy:

That's not an old guy with a facial twitch, its the Fat Controller, who I caught at the wrong moment. But look at my girl's smile. Awesome sauce.

My rating: 4/5

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