Many families anxiously wait for spring when Thomas the Tank Engine travels to Michigan's beautiful Greenfield Village. I'd hate to see little train enthusiasts disappointed, so here's your heads-up for those popular Thomas dates so you can get in on advance tickets sales and not get left behind at the station!
Thomas visits the village April 24-25, May 1-2, and May 8-9. Riding the train will be the highlight for most visitors, when Thomas takes passengers on a 20-minute ride around the perimeter of Greenfield Village. There are also other activities like storytelling, arts and crafts programs, live music, and, of course, a place to purchase all of those must-have Thomas toys and gear! (Can't wait until then to pick up a Thomas book, wooden train engine, or Thomas flashlight--there's always Amazon!).
The Henry Ford has a detailed FAQ on their Web site about Thomas' impending visit, details about a new Railroaders' Breakfast offered each Saturday morning of Thomas' stay at the Village, and information about ordering Thomas admission tickets online.
We happened to snap a few photos of Thomas at Greenfield Village when we went out for one of our first photo trips of the season there a few years ago.
If you are going to see Thomas and ride the train, hopefully you can still make some time to tour the rest of Greenfield Village.
Even though we don't have kids and aren't into the whole Thomas scene, we found those days a good time to visit Greenfield Village. The arrival of spring meant the weather was starting to get warmer, there was a hint of green in the landscape, and once we got past the crowd of families waiting to board the Thomas train, it was nice for taking photos because the rest of the village was relatively less crowded.
Note: "Where I live" posts are part of a series of periodic stories about special events and people in, and around, metro Detroit. "Where I live" posts are stories I'll post in addition to my regular schedule of stories about attractions around the larger Midwestern region. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.
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