Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine

The chug of the engine grows closer. Puffs of steam float through the air. The excitement can barely be contained when your little one steps onto the train for a 25-minute ride. Trains are fun, but this is not just any train—it’s Thomas the Tank Engine!

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Bring your little ones for a thrilling day with Thomas the Tank Engine at Wales West Light Railway May 5–6 and 12–13, 2012.

And being greeted by Sir Topham Hatt, controller of the railway, will be almost as exciting as the train ride.

If you listen, you can already hear the squeals of the children as they see their favorite characters come to life at Wales West Light Railway in Silverhill, Alabama. A number of Thomas-themed activities will be available, so plan to spend a few hours creating unique arts and crafts, choosing and attaching temporary tattoos, getting wrapped up in the tales of the storyteller, watching Thomas videos, singing songs and more. Don’t forget to save time for a 10-minute ride on Wales West’s narrow-gauge rail, too.

Grab your calendars and check May 5, 6, 12 and 13. Then call 888-569-5337 or visit Day Out With Thomas™ Mystery On The Rails Tour 2012 to purchase your tickets right away, before they sell out. Prices range from $14.98 to $19.26, with special pricing on Mother’s Day.

Make the visit with Thomas even more special by stretching it into a weekend at the beach! Your small family may enjoy a cozy 2-bedroom condo or house in Fort Morgan. Or bring the grandparents, aunts and uncles to share in your child’s joy and the beach fun in a 4-bedroom condo in Gulf Shores.

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Bands, Barks and Brews

It’s a public play date for Spot, Rover, Fido, and their owners!

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Bring your dog to Bands, Barks and Brews this Sunday, April 29, 4–8 p.m. at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.

This Sunday, April 29, bring your friendly, leashed dog to the marina lawn at The Wharf for a little social engagement with his or her neighbors during Bands, Barks and Brews presented by Ginny Lane Bar and Grill. A leash-free area will be available for the furry friends to romp and run together.

Between 4 and 8 p.m., you’ll enjoy activities such as the weiner dog races and pet exhibits. An energetic show by the very popular dance band The Tip Tops will keep things lively throughout the event. Admission is free, but bring along a little cash for the art show, food and—of course—a brew or two.

Fans of Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa will have opportunities to purchase $5 raffle tickets at The Wharf merchants. The drawing will be held at 8:00, when the winner will be awarded four VIP tickets to the May 4 concert at The Amphitheater at The Wharf. (Need not be present to win.) All proceeds benefit The Humane Society of Baldwin County.

Stay with us for the concert May 4—or any time before May 16—and get an extra night FREE when you reserve at least three nights in a condo or four nights in a house. The Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast is waiting for you!

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Sand Volleyball Competition

Some would insist that the best place to play volleyball is on the beach. We do agree, but we’d have to take it a step further and say that the best place is on OUR beach!

Collegiate Women's Sand Volleyball Championship Tournament Gulf Shores Alabama

Cheer on your favorite collegiate women's sand volleyball teams and duos as they compete April 27-29 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

And that’s exactly what the American Volleyball Coaches Association determined. You will understand when you come to the Gulf Shores Public Beach this weekend, April 27–29, 2012.

The first AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships will crown a team winner from four top women’s collegiate teams (College of Charleston, Florida State University, Long Beach State University and Pepperdine). Elimination rounds begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the final matchup at 5 p.m.

Beginning Friday at 11 a.m. is a 16-team pairs competition featuring the best duos from the University of Southern California, the University of Hawai’i, Florida Atlantic University, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of North Florida and Stetson University, as well as the No. 1 and No. 2 duos from the four schools in the team championship. The single-elimination tournament will culminate with finals Sunday morning at 8, and the championship round at 11 a.m.

Junior and adult tournaments will also be played throughout the weekend. You’ll be treated to free live music Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m. when Scars on 45 and ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra) perform as part of The Road to The Hangout concert series. And if you are present for the Sunday morning playoffs, you can register for a chance for free tickets to the sold-out Hangout Music Fest to be held May 18–20, with the winner announced at approximately noon.

CBS Sports Network will be there to film the weekend’s events for two one-hour broadcast segments scheduled for June 6 and 13. Spectators are welcome to view any and all activities, and admission is free. Be spontaneous—join us for this exciting weekend!

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Dragon Boat Races

The distant sound of a single drum floats across the water, keeping time like a metronome. In the distance you see long, narrow boats with paddles moving in sync like the bows of an orchestra’s string section. What else could it be but a dragon boat race?

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Cheer on your favorite dragon boat team and enjoy arts & crafts, live music and children's activities in Perdido Key this weekend.

If you’ve never seen or participated in such a race, your opportunity is this weekend in Perdido Key, Florida. Beginning at noon on Saturday, April 14, you can be paddling or cheering for your favorite team when they launch from The Oyster Bar in Perdido Key, 13700 River Road.

But there’s even more to do! Bring the little ones to play at the water’s edge during the race, and keep them entertained before and after the race with planned children’s activities. Take some time for yourself to shop the arts and crafts booths and listen to the live music. And everyone will enjoy a close-up look at the boats after the race. Admission is free, so bring the whole gang.

All ages and all skill levels are welcome, even if you’ve never been in a boat. You can participate as an individual and be assigned to a boat, or come as part of a group of co-workers, friends and family. Boats, training and equipment are part of the $50 paddler fee, as well as a team photo and an official event T-shirt. You can register online up to an hour before the event.

For more details about the Dragon Boat Race and surrounding activities, contact the Perdido Key Visitors Information Center at 850-492-4660.

Make this into an impromptu beach weekend! Check out the available vacation rental properties in Perdido Key—just plug in your dates near the upper left of your screen, and choose any other search options below that to find your ideal getaway location.

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Easter Shred Fest

You’ve seen them along the shoreline. They wait on the sand, ever vigilant, then race along the water’s edge. Next thing you hear is a plopping sound and suddenly they are gliding across the water—sometimes awkward, sometimes graceful. But when it’s over they are always ready to do it again, with the hope of more grace, a longer path, and maybe even a chance to ride a wave.

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Watch skilled competitors of all ages during the Easter Shred Fest April 7, 2012, at the Gulf Shores Public Beach.

This Saturday, April 7, 2012, you can see many such shows of ability during the Easter Shred Fest—a skimboarding competition on the Gulf Shores Public Beach. Hosted by Blonde John’s Surf & Skate, the event is open to all ages. Contestants will be judged on the length of the ride, their creativity, and their technical ability. Three members of Blonde John’s eight-member Bama Boys team are set to turn pro next year, so you can bet you’ll see some amazing action from them and other competitors.

You’ll find the athletes and audience at the beach in front of The Hangout. Events begin at 9 a.m. and last all day. If you’d like to compete, call 251-948-2182 to register.

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