Over the past few years, as we have been up north, the signs for Thomas visiting North Conway have been everywhere. At first we balked thinking that we could easily just rent out the weekend, take in a few dollars and go another time to "Day out with Thomas." We'll, this year we decided to actually go and take in a day with Thomas visiting the Cog railway in North Conway this past weekend.
Now to give you a little background on my experience with Thomas, when Maeve was 1, I pushed trains on her because these metal trains were much like my old time matchboxes and I figured she would like these like any kid would!. From age two to three, Maeve was into Thomas and we bought tons of Thomas trains and track. After 3, Thomas went away and American girls showed up. Our son Declan now uses all the trains we gathered those earlier years and he is a fan though he likes Spiderman and the avengers more. Thus we are no longer a Thomas house.
So as the family ventured this past weekend to visit Thomas, I was not sure how it would play out. Would the kids get excited about seeing Thomas or Topan Hat? Well, the result was some exitement about Thomas but more about the other things at the event. There were train rides in these little trains that I think were used for maintainence back in the day,, an arts and crafts tent that had face painting and train tables everywhere, a big turtle that they got to pet and of course a ride on one of the old Conway trains with Thomas "pushing" on the end. There was of course a retail store and a viewing area for kids to watch an episode of Thomas.
So how would I rate this event? Out of 5 stars, perhaps a 3. I was not blown away by it and the kids were more enthralled with the non Thomas things (the round house station was kind of cool) and the relics of yesterday's trains. But one does not need a Thomas ticket to see these things! With that said, this was an extremely popular event as the crowds were huge so if you plan on attending, order tickets in advance!
Following this we visited the Mt Washington Weather Museum. I will write on that a bit later - as a free place, there was plenty of value. More on that later in the week (or the next time I finally get to this blog).