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!

Thomas the Tank Engine, Sir Topham Hatt, train, Wales West

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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Foley’s Heritage Harbor Days

Seldom will you find a two-day festival with such variety—variety of entertainment, variety of educational and historical exhibits, variety of cultures, variety of time periods, variety of edible delights. But that’s exactly what you and your family will be treated to at the 11th Annual Heritage Harbor Days on November 5 and 6, 2011.

Heritage Harbor Days, Foley, Alabama, Gulf Shores

Huge variety of fun! Heritage Harbor Days in Foley, Alabama, November 5 and 6, 2011.

At Heritage Park in Foley (corner of Highways 59 and 98), discover antique tractors from family farms, take a ride on the L&N Depot event train, and thrill the children with a photo opportunity with Thomas the Tank Engine (Saturday only, 10:00, 11:30 and 2:00). Hear stories of the wagon-train days as you sample food prepared in a chuckwagon by cowboy poet/humorist/cook Kent Rollins. Watch for Davy Crockett, who will share tales of his adventures as he walks about the festival grounds.

Visit the many “buildings” of Heritage Village, an open replica of early 20th-century Foley. Explore a school, doctor’s office, home, general store, sewing shop and candle maker’s work area. Gather in the town square for music of the era and storytelling about Foley’s yesteryear.

Stage acts are scheduled non-stop on two main stages plus the Children’s Village. Banjos, bodhrins, fiddles and spoons share the stage with the Mexican Folkloric Dancers and Native American Dancers. Bluegrass and folk songs are interspersed with popular music of today, including Broadway, and the Navy Band will highlight patriotic music. Sunday’s Children’s Village stage line-up brings storytellers, dancers, martial arts, pageantry and batons. Check out the full entertainment line-up at the festival website.

Watch the experts shuck oysters and teach you how to eat them. Once you’ve mastered that skill, round out mealtime with favorite yummies such as gyros, po-boys, kabobs, corn dogs, funnel cakes, lemonade, waffle-cone ice cream treats, kettle corn, pork rinds and much more.

Heritage Harbor Days, Foley, Alabama, Gulf Shores, history

Experience the history of Foley at Heritage Village during Heritage Harbor Days.

Many local arts and crafts experts will be offering their handiwork, so be prepared to make at least a couple of trips back to your car with gifts for yourself, your friends and your family. And just when you think you’ve experienced all there is at the festival, the organizers toss one more popular family activity your way: Fireworks at dusk on Sunday create a perfect, timeless way to close out the experience-packed weekend.

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Ride Thomas the Tank Engine

Mention the word “choo-choo” and the older generations may smile with memories of the upbeat 1940s song “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.” But the younger generations will likely become excited about a particular blue locomotive named Thomas.

Wales West Light Railway welcome Thomas the Train. Enjoy a full day of family fun Saturdays and Sundays through May 9.

Regardless of which generation you are part of, there is no denying the appeal of Thomas the Tank Engine and the wildly popular, internationally televised series Thomas and Friends.

Over the course of three spring weekends, your children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews can let their imaginations soar as they ride on the beloved train. But the fun doesn’t stop there.

The $18 admission fee for ages 2 and older includes a 25-minute train ride, videos of the television show, a chance to meet and take pictures with Sir Topham Hatt (head of Thomas’s railway), storytelling, building with Mega Bloks, live music, temporary tattoos of Thomas and his friends from the Island of Sodor, the Imagination Station with coloring and art projects, and a model train club demonstration.

Plan now to attend Day Out with Thomas—The Celebration Tour in Silverhill, Alabama at Wales West Light Railway, America’s only authentic Welsh narrow gauge railway.

To reach Wales West from our Gulf Shores area beaches, follow Highway 59 north to County Road 32. Turn left (west) and continue 5.6 miles to County Road 9. Turn right to travel north 2.3 miles to the park entrance on the right.

Advance ticket purchase is encouraged due to assigned train departures (every 45 minutes), but you may also purchase at the door. The first train departs at 9:45 a.m. and the final train at 4:15 on Saturdays and Sundays through May 9. Cameras and strollers are welcome for this family event.

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