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Day Out With Thomas Returns to the Seattle Area for Additional Weekend in 2021

All aboard, train fans! More Thomas tickets are on sale now

Nancy Chaney

Published on: August 04, 2021

Day Out With Thomas lifesize train kids meet railway Seattle Snoqualmie Northwest Railway Museum summer 2021
Day Out With Thomas. Credit: Miss Barabanov/Flickr CC

Update Aug. 4, 2021:

All aboard for more fun with Thomas the Tank Engine! After two sold-out weekends in July, the popular Day Out With Thomas event returns to Snoqualmie's Northwest Railway Museum for an additional weekend this year. Timed-entry tickets for Saturday–Sunday, Sept. 11–12, are on sale now. Book online.

The September weekend promises a slightly different experience than was offered in July. The added event is called the Party Train Tour, and its highlights include the following:

  • Guests will take two train rides pulled by a life-sized Thomas. They'll visit both the museum's railway history campus and Snoqualmie Falls. 
  • Kids can partake in included activities, such as the bubble zone, hay maze and live entertainment, and receive a goody bag.
  • Guests can greet Sir Topham Hatt (he's on vacation from his duties on the Island of Sodor).
  • Families can shop the merch station for exclusive Thomas swag. (Fair warning.)

Masks remain required for everyone ages 5 and older, and masks are recommended for kids ages 3–4. Tickets costs $28 per person for ages 2 and older. Tots age 1 and younger ride free.

Advance-purchase, timed-entry tickets are required. Book soon!

Original story June 1, 2021:

All aboard for fun with Thomas! Fans of Thomas the Tank Engine — and train lovers in general — can delight in the news that the popular Day Out With Thomas event will return to the Seatte area for summer 2021.

A life-size, talking Thomas will visit the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie, Washington, over two weekends this summer: July 9–11 and July 16–18, 2021. Advance booking is required and timed tickets are on sale now.

Scroll down for new procedures and safety protocols, but first, let's get to the fun times awaiting families at Day Out With Thomas.

Day Out With Thomas highlights:

  • Guests take a short ride in a train car pulled by a life-size Thomas the Tank Engine and arrive at the activities area.
  • Explore the bubble zone, play lawn games and say hello to Sir Topham Hatt, the stern controller of railways on the Island of Sodor.
  • Track all your stops on the journey with a Party Pass booklet.
  • Hop back on board with Thomas for a 30-minute train ride to the top of Snoqualmie Falls, while listening to an interactive story.
  • Shop for exclusive Thomas merch (parents, you've been warned).
  • Visit the railway museum and train shed exhibits; admission is included in the ticket price.

Safety protocols

  • Masks are required for guests ages 5 and older and recommended for guests ages 2–4.
  • A limited number of tickets will be sold for each time slot.
  • Seating in the train cars will be staggered for adequate social distancing.
  • Except for the train ride and included museum visit, the event takes place outdoors, rain or shine.

If you go ...

Find it: The Seattle-area Day Out With Thomas event takes place at the Northwest Railway Museum's Snoqualmie Depot at 38625 S.E. King St. in Snoqualmie, about a 35-minute drive from Seattle.

Dates: Day Out With Thomas takes place over two weekends: July 9–11 and 16–18, 2021. Timed sessions are available on the hour. New dates just added, Saturday–Sunday, Sept. 11–12.

Cost: Tickets cost $25–$28 for ages 2 and older, depending on the day and time you choose. Babies and tots age 1 and younger ride free on an adult's lap. Buy tickets in advance online. Tickets typically sell out and walk-up tickets sales will not be available. There's a discount for purchasing a group of 20 or more tickets.

Tips for families:

  • Some years, the weather during this event has been super hot. Pack water, sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats if the forecast calls for a scorcher.
  • This event has sometimes involved crowds and waiting; limited capacity should help this year, but pack your patience and consider making sure kids have full bellies before you arrive.
  • Plan to wear your masks and follow all indicated safety procedures.
  • Say "hi" to Thomas for us and have fun!

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