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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Eye Spy ~ Day Out With Thomas Is Coming to Detroit! {press release}

In years past, we've loved visiting The Henry Ford for their Day Out With Thomas event and this year is no exception. {You can read about our first trip and our second trip by visiting the links.} Alex is such a huge fan of Thomas & Friends and I think my daughter is following right in his footsteps so I know we're all going to have a blast this year when we head out to The Henry Ford.

We'll be attending the Railroader's Breakfast again this year which is such a special treat. To arrive at the village before anyone else, eat breakfast while watching Thomas "wake up" on the tracks, listening to stories about Thomas and his friends and wonderful music is well worth getting up a little early.

I could just go on and on but I'll leave that to the photos we take and the memories we make this year at The Henry Ford.

I don't want you to miss out, though. I've attached a press release to answer your questions about when, where, and pricing. Please let me know if you have any questions that aren't addressed in the release.

APRIL 30 - MAY 1 and MAY 7 - 8 and 14 - 15, 2011 
 (Dearborn, Mich., March 25, 2011) – It’s “Steamies” versus “Diesels” and our favorite No.1 engine is right on track! Thomas the Tank Engine™ is set to roll into Greenfield Village for theDay Out With Thomas™: Leader of the Track Tour 2011. All little engineers are invited to cheer him on and take a ride with Thomas. The event, which takes place April 30-May 1 and May 7-8 and 14-15, 2011, will be hosted by The Henry Ford and presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands, a leading toy company.

For 66 years, children have been captivated by the courageous adventures of Thomas and his engine friends. Pulling out of the station for its 16th consecutive ride on the rails, the Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011 will visit more than 45 cities in the United States and Canada. Day Out With Thomas is the only place for families to take a ride with a 15-ton replica of everybody’s favorite No. 1 engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, and enjoy Thomas-themed activities at the Imagination Station, including stamps, temporary tattoos and hands-on activities. Each year the tour grows, traveling to new destinations, adding new activities and welcoming new visitors.  

Thomas the Tank Engine, star of Thomas & Friends™, on PBS KIDS® and Sprout® kicks off his Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011 in March and is expected to welcome more than one million passengers through November. During the Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011, children will ride with Thomas up steep hills, around deep, blue lakes, and help him win the race against the diesel engines—if only in their imaginations.  Day Out with Thomas 2011 activities include: 
  • A 20-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine
  • The opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt™, Controller of the Railway 
  • A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on activities and coloring sheets.
  • Commemorative activities, merchandise and giveaways to celebrate the 2011 Thomas & Friends DVD movie “Day of the Diesels” (Sept. 2011, Lionsgate), including:
    • A video viewing area that shows how steam engines work differently from diesel engines
    • Thomas and Friends tattoos
    • A special giveaway character wheel showcasing Steamie and Diesel engines from the world of Thomas & Friends
  • Storytelling, magic shows and live music by Picks & Sticks Stringband and Guitar Guy Barry

The approximately 20-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine will depart every 30 minutes, rain or shine, with departure times at 9:30 am through 5:00 pm daily. Tickets for the Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011 for members are $11.75 per person, age 1 year and older and includes free admission to Greenfield Village. Non-member ticket prices include admission to Greenfield Village and train ride. For non-member children 1-4 years is $11.75, youth age 5-12 is $27.75, adults age 13-61 is $33.75 and Seniors age 62 and up is $32.75.  

Tickets are on sale now by calling The Henry Ford at 313-982-6001 or visiting 
For general information or to find a Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011 event near you, visit 

About The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, is the world’s premier history destination and a National Historic Landmark that celebrates American history and innovation. Its mission is to provide unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories and lives from America’s traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Its purpose is to inspire people to learn from these traditions to help shape a better future. Five distinct attractions at The Henry Ford captivate more than 1.5 million visitors annually: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution’s campus and was founded in partnership with The Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company and Wayne County Public Schools. For more information please visit our website
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 friends invite 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 timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation.  Thomas & Friends makes tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS®, PBS KIDS SproutSM and with downloadable episodes available through iTunes. For more information about the world of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, please visit 
About HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment is one of the world's leading independent children's entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT's portfolio includes properties, such as Barney™, Bob the Builder™, Thomas & Friends™Pingu™,Fireman Sam™, Angelina Ballerina™ and Rainbow Magic™. HIT represents Chapman Entertainment’s Fifi and the Flowertots™ and Roary the Racing Car™ in North America, as well as Wallace & Gromit™, Shaun the Sheep™, Timmy Time™ and Aardman Classics from Aardman Animations.  HIT also acts as representative for The Wiggles® in the UK. Launched in 1989, HIT’s lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan.  HIT is a part-owner of US-based preschool channel, PBS KIDS SproutSM. For more information, visit 
About MEGA Brands
MEGA Brands is a trusted family of leading global brands in construction toys, games & puzzles, arts & crafts and stationery. They offer engaging creative experiences for children and families through innovative, well-designed, affordable and high-quality products. Visit for more information.

**My family received complimentary admission (for 4) to the Railroader's Breakfast and Day Out With Thomas from The Henry Ford for the purpose of review and sharing our experience with you. This is a press release post with a review to follow our actual, scheduled day at The Henry Ford. Stay Tuned!



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