When Red's trip was finishing, and the timing looked like he might be able to take some time off today, we looked around for fun, and found A Day Out With Thomas. We didn't tell the kids where we were going, just loaded them into the car. When we got there, and they figured it out, I believe Blue said something like "You are the best dad in the whole world". Not bad for the price of a couple of train tickets!
Here's the gang earlier today, loving Thomas(even with the sometimes-gale-force winds):
And Blue posing with a "mural":
Pink's favorite part was the 'petting zoo'. Honestly, just a little penned-in area with some very stressed-looking animals, but she loved every minute of it. I loved that they provided a ginormous bottle of hand sanitizer to use upon exiting.
Pink's favorite conversation right now is to ask what something is called and how to use it. After I talked her into a Harold the Helicopter (yes, I know the names of the Thomas characters as well as all the Disney Princesses and Fairies...don't get me started) tattoo, she didn't quite know what to make of it, so she asked dad:
Pink: "What this name?"
Red: "That's a helicopter"
Pink: "What do with it?"
Red: (um, where do you go with that?) "You give it a kiss" -- and so he did:Honestly, I was a little disappointed when we pulled up here - it looked like kind of a small production stuck in the parking lot of a very sad train museum, but I was totally wrong. This was perfect for the kids - just the right scale not to overwhelm them, but with enough different, short activities to keep their attention.
Hooray for Thomas!