Thomas Pulls into Greenfield Village

Does your child love Thomas? My daughter was a big fan of Thomas as a Toddler and Preschooler. She loved the annual Day Out with Thomas event. It was such a treat for her to be able to ride on Thomas and participate in the Thomas activities.

Day Out With Thomas at Greenfield Village

About Day Out With Thomas

Each spring Greenfield Village’s hosts Day Out with Thomas, typically on 3 weekends in April and May. This year’s dates are April 29-30, May 6-7, and May 13-14. We attended Day Out with Thomas at Greenfield Village twice when my daughter was younger.

We really enjoyed Day out With Thomas each time that we attended. My daughter loved getting to ride on Thomas and having her picture taken with him. They also had lots of activities including story time, stamps, play tables. She also enjoyed exploring Greenfield Village.

Day Out With Thomas - Riding the Train with her aunt


I recommend Day Out with Thomas for families with children age 4 and under. Even at 4, my daughter was as interested in exploring Greenfield Village as she was in participating in the Thomas the Train activities. We visited Greenfield Village on a Thomas weekend when she was 5, and she did not even ask about any of the Thomas activities or riding on Thomas.

Day Out With Thomas - Playing with Trains

Day Out With Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017

The 2017 is the 22nd year for Day Out With Thomas. It is making 42 stops across the United States and Canada. The 2017 theme is The Friendship Tour, part of their Set Friendship in Motion campaign. At the event, children can collect stamps in their passport at different stations. Once they collect the stamps, they receive a trio of friendship bracelets.

Sensory Friendly Day Out with Thomas

The Henry Ford will hold a special Sensory Friendly Saturday event at Day Out With Thomas. They will open early at 8a with Day Out With Thomas Depot Town activities beginning at 8:30a. The 9:30a ride will be reserved for Sensory Friendly Saturday Guests. A special quiet area with activities will be available in Town Hall all day. Noise-cancelling headphones and earplugs will also be available. The Autism Alliance created a social narrative to guide expectations for the event. These tickets must be reserved through the Call Center (313-982-6001).

Day Out with Thomas at Greenfield Village Tickets

Your admission ticket for Day Out with Thomas includes a timed ride on Thomas and entry to the Village. You may enter the Village at any time, but should plant to arrive a minimum of 35 minutes prior to your ride – about a 20 minute walk to the rail station from the parking lot and you should plan to arrive to the rail station 15 minutes before your ride for pictures and to wait in the boarding line.

Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village Members receive free admission and pay $11.75/person age 1 and over for the Thomas the Tank Experience. Otherwise, your Thomas ticket includes Greenfield Village admission $11.75/child ages 2 & under $32/ages 3-11, $38.75/adult 13-61, $36.25/senior 62+. There is also a $6 parking charge for non-members. Tickets are currently on sale.


Railroaders Breakfats at Day Out with Thomas

Greenfield Village also offers a Railroaders Breakfast option for Day Out with Thomas. The Railroaders Breakfast is from 8-9a and concludes with a 9a ride on Thomas. The Village Hobo and Sir Topham Hatt will be visiting breakfast which will also include railroad-themed storytelling and music by the Picks & Sticks Stringband. Breakfast is held at Taste of History and includes buttermilk pancakes, fruit salad, sausage, and more. It also includes special parking in the Eagle Tavern lot ($6 for non-members). Your Village admission and Thomas ride are included in the price: 

  • Adults (12+) – $27.75 Members, $54.75/Non-Members
  • Youth (3-11) – $23.75 Members, $44/Non-Members
  • Children (1-2) – $23.75
  • Senior (62+) – $27.75 Members, $52.25/Non-Members

Greenfield Village

My daughter has loved visiting Greenfield Village since our first trip to Thomas when she was 2. By 4 she was as interested in the historic buildings as she was in the Thomas activities. A couple of years ago, Greenfield Village added a playground which is a huge hit with the kids. Be sure to check my Greenfield Village Activity Review for information on fun activities (besides Thomas) and dining at Greenfield Village

Greenfield Village Kids At Work Playground

Ticket Giveaway

Greenfield Village has provided me with a Family 4 Pack of tickets to giveaway to one of my readers. Entry is via the widget below:
Day Out with Thomas 2017 Greenfield Village


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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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