DAY OUT WITH THOMAS™: THRILL OF THE RIDE TOUR 2014 PULLING INTO THE NATIONAL RAILROAD MUSEUM
JOIN THE TOUR’S MOST EXCITING YEAR EVER AS HIT ENTERTAINMENT DEBUTS TALKING THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE™
THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE TO VISIT THE NATIONAL RAILROAD MUSEUM JUNE 11 – 15, 2014
Green Bay, WI ─ Preschoolers will get the thrill of their lives when Thomas the Tank Engine™ steams across the country this year. When Thomas arrives in Green Bayfor the Day Out with Thomas™: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014, he will not only take his fans for a ride, but also talk to them for the very first time on the tour! The event, which takes place June 11-15, 2014, will be hosted by the National Railroad Museum and presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands, a leading toy company, and all inclusive Hard Rock Hotels.
Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities. The tour, now in its 19th year, will make stops in 42 U.S. cities and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2014. During Day Out With Thomas,little engineers and their families are invited to take a 25 minute ride on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt®, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas & Friends themed activities including arts & crafts, storytelling and more. The National Railroad Museum will also offer:
A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts and crafts activities and coloring sheets
Live music featuring performances by local children’s favorite Mr. Billy.
Exploring the world’s largest steam locomotive – the Union Pacific Big Boy – and 65 other historic railcars.
The big train bean bag toss
Making sand castles in the giant sand box
Bouncing your way through inflatable attractions
Assembling some of the biggest puzzles you have ever seen!
Misting and bubble fun area
And, climbing around a ginormous play fort!
Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every 45 minutes, rain or shine. Departure times begin at 9:15 am through 4:45 pm each day of the event. Tickets for the Day Out With Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 are $18 plus tax for ages two and up.
Tickets are on sale now by calling toll-free 866.468.7630 or logging onto www.ticketweb.com/dowt. For more information and directions, contact the National Railroad Museum at 920-437-7623 or www.nationalrrmuseum.org.
Thomas the Tank Engine is star of Thomas & Friends® making tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS® and Sprout®. Along with his engine friends, Thomas captivates children in more than 145 countries and 30 languages. The #1 blue engine and his friendsinvite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. To date, 200 million Thomas & Friends books and e-books have been sold and the CGI-animated Thomas & Friends series is more popular than ever, rating as one of the top programs for children ages 2 to 5.
For general information about the tour or to find a Day Out With Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 event near you, visit www.ticketweb.com/dowt.
About the National Railroad Museum
Founded in 1956, the National Railroad Museum marked 50 years of preserving America’s railroad heritage in 2006. The Museum works to foster an understanding of railroading and its significance to American life. Visiting the National Railroad Museum offers you an opportunity to explore our railroad heritage. Sit in the cab of the Union Pacific Big Boy, the world’s largest steam locomotive. Examine the future of railroading in the sleek 1955 General Motors Aerotrain. The Museum is one of the oldest and largest institutions of its kind in the U.S.
The National Railroad Museum is the original U.S. site to host a Day Out with Thomas™ event. Thomas the Tank Engine first visited the Museum in 1994.
About Thomas & Friends™
Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son nearly 70 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages. The #1 blue engine and his friendsinvite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Children embark on adventures with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation. Thomas & Friends makes tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS®, Sprout® and with downloadable episodes available through iTunes. For more information about the world of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends,please visit www.thomasandfriends.com. Follow Thomas on Facebook at facebook.com/thomasandfriends and Twitter @TrueBlueEngine.
About HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment is one of the world's leading preschool entertainment companies, specializing in building powerful brands based on engaging stories. HIT Entertainment’s world-class portfolio includes Thomas & Friends®, Mike the Knight™, Fireman Sam®, Bob the Builder, Barney®, Angelina Ballerina®, Pingu® and Rainbow Magic®.
HIT Entertainment excels at creating and building globally successful brands which capture the hearts and imaginations of preschoolers and their families. This is achieved through exceptional storytelling in multiple formats, enhanced by creating high quality character-based products and experiences with best-in-class partners. HIT Entertainment’s lines of business span television and home entertainment production, content distribution, digital media, publishing, consumer products and live events and attractions. HIT Entertainment, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. For more information visit www.hitentertainment.com