This was our first trip to the B&O Railroad Museum and also our first time attending the Day Out with Thomas event so we didn’t know what to expect. It turned out we were pleasantly surprised by the museum and my girls were thoroughly entertained with all the activities offered at the event.
We first entered the Roundhouse, which is a really striking building with all the American flags hanging above the historic trains. We walked through the interactive train exhibits and then my girls spotted the Thomas-themed train tables. There were a lot of different train and Lego tables set up for the children to enjoy. There was also a Choo-Choo Blue Train Depot that my girls had fun playing in and dressing up as train conductors.
It was then time to board the train for our ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine.
This ended up being my girls’ least favorite part of the event. We waited on the train for about 10-15 minutes while everyone boarded. Then the train went on a very slow and not-so-scenic ride that lasted 25 minutes. It was just a little too long for them. They were anxious to get off the train and check out all the other activities.
The next thing that caught their eye was the carousel and another carnival-type ride. It was nice that the lines weren’t long and the rides did not cost extra.
There were so many other fun things to do at the event, including a train-themed playground, crafts and tattoo stations, a hay maze and a moon bounce. My girls especially loved the petting zoo that had 18 different types of animals. The performance by Junk Rock was also a big hit with my girls. They were fascinated watching them drum and dance and even joined in on the fun!
We spent three hours at the event, so my girls were pretty tired. There are so many fun activities that any younger child is sure to have a great time. My girls aren’t even huge fans of Thomas and thought it was a lot of fun. I would definitely recommend this event to parents of toddlers and preschoolers.
On our way out, we stopped by the gift shop that was full of Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise. I let each girl pick out a toy and they were as happy as can be!
Day Out With Thomas
B&O Railroad Museum
901 W Pratt Street
- Admission $21 per ticket for ages 2 and up.
- A few activities require an additional fee.
- Parking is free and secure.
- Food concessions offered throughout the event.
- Designated stroller parking available. Strollers are not permitted inside the train.
- Bathrooms with changing tables available in the museum.
Convenient = 4
Kid Friendly = 5
Quality of Food = 3
Quality of Entertainment = 5
Good Value = 5
I would recommend this destination to a friend = yes
I would return to this destination = yes
Overall Rating = 4.5
All ratings on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being highest.
Meet the Reviewer!
Alexis Aschenbach is a stay-at-home mother of two fun little girls ages 4 and 1. She loves to explore the D.C. area and check out all the kid-friendly activities and events with her girls. She shares her experiences and helpful tips at www.capi-tolmomma.com.