When my young sons were introduced to Thomas the Train Engine toys and videos, “thanks” to a heavily indulgent grandfather, I had no idea what I was in for. A good year later, they still glaze over with adoration and toddler lust every time a piece of TtTE merchandising comes into view. We officially became their Favorite Parents Ever™ earlier this spring when we took them to ride Thomas at Greenfield Village. Even we had to admit it was kind of cool. Their father is still a wee bit creeped out by the frozen smiles and moving eyes, but there’s only so much therapy can do to repair his kind of childhood trauma.
If you missed out on Thomas at Greenfield Village or simply have children who respond to Thomas the way I remember responding to My Little Ponies back in da day, there’s a new opportunity to hang out with him and his friends!
Thomas the Tank Engine and Sir Topham Hatt will be hanging out at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad in Flint. Children and grownups can take a 40-minute ride on Thomas himself, listen to Thomas & Friends songs and stories, watch Thomas & Friends videos, get temporary tattoos, and build with LEGO® DUPLO® Bricks in the Imagination Station. Those who are extra lucky may even meet Bob The Builder in a special live event!
August 14-16 & 21-23, 2009
Check out the website for details and to purchase tickets at
Your children just might love you forever. Or at least until the next time you tell them they can’t have the $400 Thomas Wooden Railway Lift and Load Set.
TeacherMommy is a 31-year-old mother of two and a high school English teacher somewhere in a northwest suburb of Detroit. She spends her time at work quelling teenagers with her patented glare and threatening to deposit them in a pottery jar labelled “Ashes of Obnoxious Teenagers,” and occasionally she manages to teach them something about literature and writing. At home, she alternates cuddling two small boys and tearing her hair out over their latest antics. TeacherMommy also occupies way too much time online reading blogs, Twittering, and practicing her writing skills on her own blog, Diapers and Dragons.

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