WIN Tickets to Thomas And Friends Train Ride #Giveaway

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him and his best friend Percy for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures at Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019. Children are invited to spend the day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine and Percy pull into The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat on April 20, 27-28 and May 4-5 , 2019. Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 is presented by Mattel.

This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and pose for photos on-site with his best friend Percy, stars of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series. In addition, they will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including toy play, photo ops, and much more.  The tour, now in its 24th year, will make 37 stops across the U.S. and Canada and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2019.

WHO:                   Thomas the Tank Engine and Percy


  • A 25-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas at The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
  • Photo opportunity with talking Percy engine
  • A Meet & Greet with Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway
  • Thomas & Friends Imagination Station featuring a variety of activities.
  • ‘Passport to Adventures’ booklet for children to track their journey at the event and receive a special prize upon completion.
  • Thomas & Friends-themed activities including toy play, photo ops, giveaways, and more
  • Storytelling, video viewing and live music

WHEN:                 April 20, 27-28 and May 4-5

TIME:                    Train rides begin at 9:00 am and run every 45 minutes through 3:45 pm

WHERE:               The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, 1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426

Tickets for Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free at 866-468-7630, or by visiting Ticket prices are $26.50 plus tax for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply).

For more information and directions, contact The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat at 860-767-0103 or visit for more information.
For more information about the world of Thomas & Friends please visit:

One of you can win a 4 pack of tickets on April 27 at 3:45pm.

Please use the RC below if you would like to enter to win. Good luck! Ends April 6, 2019.
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Chuggington – New Playset and Giveaway

Chuggington is great fun for kids of all ages on TV, and even more fun when playing with the tracks and play sets associated with the characters.  Some of the most fun sets are inspired by actual episodes.  We are going to take a look at two sets of Chuggington track sets, Koko’s Ice Escape and the Twists and Turns Expansion.  Both of which are great sets for different reasons, Ice Escape lets kids reenact a classic episode and Twists and Turns get the creative juices flowing.

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First up is Koko’s Ice Escape Action Playset.  The play set is based on the episode of Chuggington called “Frostini’s Meltdown”.  In the episode the power goes out and Frostini has to keep his ice cream from melting.  The Chuggers help Frostini get to the ice tunnel to save the day.  The play set features Koko and is a windy twisty track.



Since this track is for the new die cast trains, the tracks are able to stack upon each other to bring the excitement to the next level as well as stimulate some outside the box thinking.  There are a few possible track combinations, but the real fun starts once everyone has a firm grasp of what the tracks can do and how they fit best together.  Little Man really likes this set because of the swirls and turns in it which translate to more levels of fun and bigger stacked tracks.  The play set itself also includes bridges and overpasses as well as a frosty cargo cart to pull around.


Next up is the Twists and Turns Expansion.  This pack can be added to any other die cast track set.  With the 15 pieces included it is easier then ever to have your play set reach for the sky or connect multiple sets together for one mega set with trains going in every direction and tons of fun.  The way track building works in our house is Dad and Little Man build the tracks together, then eventually Little Man smashes the track when they are almost done playing.  Im not sure who has more fun, Dad craming as many twists and turns into one set or Little Man once its all done and its almost time to smash it.  Either way they both have a great time working together and sharing their vision of the Chuggington world.
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Chuggington Toys and App Giveaway

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Christmas Sale on all StoryToys books & apps

chug patrol app

StoryToys, a leading publisher of interactive books and games for children, is delighted to announce the release of “Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue,” a 3D interactive storybook for children produced in collaboration with Ludorum, the children’s entertainment specialist behind the hugely popular television show “Chuggington.” The show is a global sensation in 175 territories worldwide.

“Chuggington” is an action-packed, animated train series for children. It follows the adventures of three young trainees – Wilson, Brewster and Koko – as they take on exciting challenges that test their courage, speed and determination. The “Chug Patrol: Ready To Rescue” app is available starting September 5 in the Apple App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore for $4.99 on smartphones and tablets.

 StoryToys is launching a two week Christmas promotion that runs from December 19 – January 3.

StoryToys 3D interactive pop-up books are available in the Apple App Store, Google Play and Amazon.
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Holiday Trains in Strasburg, PA

Celebrate the holiday season as the Choo Choo Barn transforms Traintown USA to bring the magic of Christmas to its gigantic model train display. Homes, businesses and attractions along the tracks have decked their halls to share the holiday spirit with the public from November 29 to January 5, 2014.

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As 22 moving trains travel the massive, 1,700 sq. ft. model train extravaganza, visitors can search for the 52 hidden Santas and watch as Santa’s sleigh flies above the 150 hand-built animations that delight spectators. Enjoy the holiday decorations throughout the display including holiday lights and the snow-covered landscape. Plus, take a close look at the zoo animals in Traintown to see how they’re celebrating the season.

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The Choo Choo Barn is located along Route 741 East in Strasburg, PA. The display is open daily from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., now through January 5, 2014. (Display closed November 27, 28, December 25 and Jan. 1) Admission price is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-11. For more information and to learn about group rates, please call (717) 687-7911 or visit For more details and updates on the 2013 season, check out Choo Choo Barn on Facebook:


The Night Before Christmas Train returns to Strasburg Rail Road this holiday season, giving families a one-of-a-kind Christmas celebration. This nighttime train ride recreates the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve and the spirit of giving. Departing Friday evenings in December at 7 p.m.

Dressed in PJs or holiday best, children snuggle onboard with their families enjoying milk and cookies and the warmth of the potbelly stoves. As the train travels, readers dressed in a Victorian nightshirt and cap delight the children with the holiday classic, The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore.

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At the station, the fun continues with more old time holiday storybook readings in the quaint, heated Caboose (stationary). Families can also enjoy the Tinsel Trolley ride (a self-propelled motor car), a warm, fun trip down the tracks, all included in the ticket price. The Night Before Christmas Train runs December 6, 13 and 20 at 7 p.m. (For families wanting to meet Santa aboard the train, Santa’s Paradise Express will chug along the tracks November 29-30, December 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21 and 22, 2013.)
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WIN- Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway 5 in 1 Up and Around Set

wooden tracksThomas the Train has been around for a while, and one of the most fun and original ways to play is with the wooden sets. These sets can be great fun especially on a big, clean, empty table or train table. Try telling that to my son, though, who wanted them opened immediately and played with right where he was. Kids. Setting up the track can be done in a plethora of ways and of course once the tracks are all set up playing with them with the trains are great fun too. Or, not setting up the tracks, and just pushing stuff around….whatever. He was quiet for nearly an hour. 🙂

thomas the trainThe most recent Thomas Wooden set is Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway 5 in 1 Up and Around set. This set includes Thomas and 17 pieces of track including a bridge and a tunnel. Little Man loves Thomas, especially the wooden sets. He loves how whenever a new set comes along, it is great both by itself [Read more…]

Strasburg Rail Road – Santa and Night Before Christmas Train

Does your little one (or big one, or husband?) love trains as much as mine does? If they do, then you will want to make sure that at some point, you take the time to visit the Strasburg Railroad.
Recognized as one of the most significant historic railroads in the USA, the Strasburg Railroad has acquired historic trains from all over the country, and recently celebrated operating for 50 years as a tourist railroad.

It is in a beautiful location, with lovely views and rolling landscapes. You will feel as though you stepped back in time from the minute you arrive- from the sharply dressed conductors and train operators, to the ticket sales window where you will purchase your passes, all decorated for the holidays.

Jolly Old St. Nick is at Strasburg Rail Road Saturdays and Sundays through December 16 for the holiday tradition: Santa’s Paradise Express. Families will relax on the 45-minute ride as Santa, his helper and musicians stroll from car-to-car, greeting and entertaining children of all ages. After the train ride, children are treated to storybook readings of holiday classics. Children ages 3 to 11 also receive a gift from Santa and his helper. Carolers will tour each train car singing much loved holiday classics.

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Day Out With Thomas- Fun For Families #Trains #FamilyFun

My son loves Thomas the Tank Engine- he loves all trains, really! Thomas the Tank Engine is making his way across the country, to bring joy and happiness to little (and not so little) train lovers everywhere. Stop on by your local train station and spend the day with your favorite Little Blue #1 Engine, Sir Topham Hatt, rides, fun, food, and all sorts of entertainment for your children.

What is more fun then spending the day riding in a steam engine? Well, riding in a Thomas steam engine, of course!

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Great Deal if you are traveling to the Mason, Ohio area!

Great Wolf Lodge

Receive 10% off a room at the Great Wolf Lodge Mason Location.
Use LM&M Railroad code LM&M450A when you book your room.
Reservations: 800.913.9653
Hotel Direct: 513.459.8885
Don’t forget to book a ride on the LM&M Railroad- we just took a train ride with Clifford the Big Red dog, and it was a great day to be a kid! Check [Read more…]