A LARGER THAN LIFE TRAIN FOR THE RIDE OF THEIR LIFE
Thomas The Tank Engine® Pulls Into The
National Railroad Museum (June 12-16, 2013) For
Family Favorite Day Out With Thomas®: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013
Green Bay, WI (February 14, 2013)— Bring your preschoolers to take the ride of their lives! Seen on the pages of favorite storybooks, in playrooms, and on the television screen, Thomas the Tank Engine® is adored by little engineers everywhere. Now, Thomas is pulling into the station for a larger than life experience at Day Out With Thomas®: The GO GO Thomas Tour 2013, visiting the National Railroad Museum onJune 12-16, 2013.The event, now in its 18th year, is presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands, a leading toy company, and all inclusive Hard Rock Hotels.
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 51/2.
Day Out with Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013is 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 kicks off in March and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers through November. Little engineers and their families are invited to take a 25 minute ride at the National Railroad Museumon 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. At the National Railroad Museum activities will include:
A 25 – minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine
The opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the of the Railway
A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts and crafts activities and coloring sheets
Storytelling and video viewing
Live music featuring performances by local children’s favorite Mr. Billy.
Exploring the world’s largest steam locomotive – the Union Pacific Big Boy – and 60 other historic railcars.
The big train bean bag toss
Making sand castles in the giant sand box
Bouncing your way through two inflatable attractions
Assembling some of the biggest puzzles you have ever seen!
Finding your way through the hay bale maze
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 Go Go Thomas Tour2013 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/thomas.html. For more information and directions, contact the National Railroad Museum at 920-437-7623 or www.nationalrrmuseum.org.
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 over 65 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 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,please visit www.thomasandfriends.com. Follow Thomas on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thomasandfriends and Twitter @TrueBlueEngine.
About HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment is one of the world's leading children's entertainment producers and rights owners. HIT Entertainment is a division of Fisher-Price. HIT’s portfolio includes properties, such as Thomas & Friends®, Barney®, Bob the Builder®, Fireman Sam®, Angelina Ballerina®, Mike the Knight™, Pingu® and Rainbow Magic®. Launched in 1989, HIT’s lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing, digital media, and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com
1 Nielsen: Live + 7-day playback, based on ratings per coverage area in August, September, October and November 2012