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Thomas the Tank Engine comes to Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore.

Thomas the Tank Engine and Sir Topham Hatt pose for a photo with visitors to Port Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore. (dodcwithkids.com)

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Thomas the Tank Engine comes to Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore.

Although there’s tons of baby/toddler/kid friendly rooms in many of the museums in Washington, D.C. There is not yet an entire museum dedicated to children. Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is an hour away from Washington D.C. by car and with three entire floors of toys, exhibits and daily programming it’s totally worth the visit. In partnership with Port Discovery Children’s Museum I’m giving away a family four pack of tickets so you too can see this exhibit, details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post. 

Port Discovery Children’s Museum has been on my to-do list for a while now, so when Ooey and I got an invite to check out their newest exhibit I was pretty jazzed. “Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails” rolled into Port Discovery January 21st and will remain until May 7th. For more information about Port Discovery including hours and pricing see their website, here.

Thomas the Tank Engine is a series set on the island of Sodor where Thomas, the main character, and his fellow friends, mostly trains, teach children empathy and problem solving skills though the chronicles of their misadventures. In the course of an episode one of the trains usually makes a mistake which he or she then trouble shoots with the aid of a friend, there’s always a happy ending  and a lesson to be learned for the audience. My husband and I spend way to much time watching and analyzing this show long after Ooey wanders off and, I’m sure we’re not alone here.

When we arrived at Port Discovery we made a bee-line for the Thomas exhibit on the third floor, passing loads of cool rooms and toys along the way. It was hard to hold on to Ooey passing all these activities, she immediately recognized this place was “for her” and was trying desperately to wriggle out of my arms to explore. Finally, we made it to the Thomas Exhibit, our reason for visiting. I set Ooey down in front of a life size Thomas the Train model and I heard a soft “Oooo”. This is the toddler version of meeting a celebrity.

Thomas the Tank Engine is at Port Discovery in Baltimore, MD until May 7th 2017. Children are welcome to climb aboard and pretend to be the conductor in this fun, interactive exhibit. (dodcwithkids.com)

Ooey meets Thomas the Tank Engine, one of her favorite TV characters. Children can climb aboard Thomas using the set of stairs where they can then play the part of the conductor, costumes are included in the exhibit!

Ooey climbed aboard Thomas and switched his levers and pretended to steer. But out of the corner of her eye she noticed the train table modeled after the Island of Sodor and Thomas was quickly forgotten. This train table was one of the biggest I’ve ever seen and half a dozen other children were also playing without being crowded. While Ooey spent over two hours playing at the train table I tried to get a peek of what else the exhibit had to offer.

The train set modeled after the island of Sodor was one of the biggest sets I've ever seen. Part of the Thomas the Tank Engine Exhibit at Port Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore, the train set will remain until May 7th, 2017. (dodcwithkids.com)

The train set modeled after the island of Sodor was one of the biggest sets I’ve ever seen. In the background you’ll see the three story ropes course that’s a permanent part of Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

There were two other giant trains, Percy and Victor. Victor is “parked” at the large scale model of the Steamworks where engines usually end up when in need of repair. Percy is at the Steamworks too and needs help with his wobbly wheel which kids and parents can work together to fix. There are also pieces of “coal” which need to be loaded into his firebox. I like how throughout the exhibit there are opportunities for parents and their kids to work together, it certainly makes the trip more fun for adults.

Percy needs help loading his firebox with coal and he also has a wobbly wheel which needs fixing. Parents and children can work together to get Percy back in tip top shape. Thomas and friends can be found at Port Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore until May 7th, 2017. (dodcwithkids.com)

Percy needs help loading his firebox with coal and he also has a wobbly wheel which needs fixing. Parents and children can work together to get Percy back in tip top shape.

At the other end of the exhibit is a loading dock where kids can sort luggage from bulk dry goods. Ooey and I pretended we were grabbing our luggage to go on our trip and also “helped” to sort the bags of seeds and flowers. All of this hard labour wore Ooey out so she crawled into the car for a quick lie down using the sacks of seeds and flour as pillows.

Sorting through the bags at the train station as part of the Thomas the tank Engine exhibit at Port Discovery in Baltimore, MD. Thomas and his friends will be in Baltimore until May 7th, 2017. (dodcwithkids.com)

Sorting through the bags at the train station, they also doubled as pillows for Ooey.

The exhibit also has a soft section for babies, which included larger trains and toys. We wrapped up our visit to Port Discovery by exploring the rest of the museum, which is subject for another blog post. All in all we had a great visit spending over five hours playing. I’m really happy to be giving away four tickets to the museum, see below for the details.

As promised! The Port Discovery Children’s Museum has generously given me four tickets to give away in conjunction with this post. To enter use the Rafflecopter platform below. There are three ways to enter the contest through the provided link; by liking me on Facebook, Twitter and by commenting on this post. Good Luck, the contest ends next Tuesday. 


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31 Comments

31 Comments

  1. Mark Lyman

    February 7, 2017 at 1:30 am

    My 3 year old and 16 month old sons would love to see this Thomas exhibit and explore this new place. Thanks for the chance.

  2. Amy

    February 6, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    We have 2 year old twin boys and this looks like the perfect place to let them explore and get their energy out!

    • Tina

      February 6, 2017 at 10:38 pm

      Oh boy! You’ve got your hands full, I think they’d LOVE this museum!

  3. Kyana

    February 6, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Can’t wait to visit with my train obsessed little ones!

    • Tina

      February 6, 2017 at 10:44 pm

      Yes!! Mine loves trains too and she was in heaven!

  4. Lindsey S

    February 6, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    We go to Baltimore all the time because it’s half way between D.C. and the grandparents but we have yet to make it here! Def need to go especially now with Thomas there!!

    • Tina

      February 6, 2017 at 10:45 pm

      It’s a really cool museum! and would probably be a great half way meeting spot, the inner harbor has so much going on!

  5. Katherine Murray

    February 6, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    My girls love Thomas! They miss that he’s not at the Botanic Gardens anymore,, so seeing him somewhere else will make them so happy!!

    • Tina

      February 6, 2017 at 10:45 pm

      We enjoyed seeing him at the Botanic Gardens too!!!

  6. Lena

    February 6, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    My daughter is always looking for an advenature and this would be fantastic! She is turning 7 in March and this would be a great way to help us celebrate!

    • Tina

      February 6, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      Happy early birthday!!! I bet a party there would be a huge hit!

  7. Gianina

    February 6, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Hope I win my almost 3 year old would love to see Thomas. I love following your adventures on instagram for fun ideas.

    • Tina

      February 6, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      aww thank you 🙂 good luck!! Thomas is a huge hit in our house too!

  8. Ali

    February 6, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Wow, I never realized how cool Port Discovery is! I’ve got to take my little train people. I wonder if we could take the MARC train there?

    • Tina

      February 6, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      Ali!!!! and they would love the ropes course, I think the Marc train would take a really, really long time. But google maps says it’s possible.

  9. Krissi Humbard

    February 6, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Oooh! My almost 2-year-old really loves trains lately. And I’ve been meaning to check this place out for ages! Sounds like a great time!

    • Tina

      February 6, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      I think two must be the magical age for train appreciation 😛 The entire museum is great for his or her age- there’s a baby room too.

  10. Loribeth Barden

    February 4, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Eek! I need to take my boys.. although, I’m not sure one day will be enough for this much fun! It looks like the perfect weekend getaway for my boys’ birthdays in march. They will be 2 and 4 and they’re huge Thomas fans😍Thank you for all the info!!

    • Tina

      February 4, 2017 at 1:16 am

      They will love it!and you are right, one day is certainly not enough!

  11. Meghan Lyman

    February 1, 2017 at 12:17 am

    My two little guys would LOVE this. Ages 3 and 1 1/2. Thanks for the chance!

    • Tina

      February 1, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Oh, they would love it! And what fun ages!

  12. Ashley

    January 31, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Looks like fun! I’d love to take my family!

    • Tina

      February 1, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      It’s so close to D.C. too, I’m considering a membership because we had a blast!

  13. Christen

    January 31, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    My son LOVES Thomas! This would be a great activity for the family and memorable for
    My son.

    • Tina

      February 1, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      My daughter loves Thomas too, I think you’ll enjoy seeing him “meet a celebrity”.

  14. Christiana

    January 31, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Would love tickets to this! Already following you on FB 🙂

    • Tina

      February 1, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      🙂 🙂 Good Luck!

  15. Colleen

    January 31, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Would love to visit here with my toddler. She loves trains (we’ve taken the train a few times to visit her grandparents!)

    • Tina

      February 1, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      There’s must be something about toddlers and trains, my kid is super into them now!!!

  16. Cindi Colby

    January 31, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I already have this on my calendar to take grands but winning a family four pack of tickets sure would help this retired Grandma with the cost . It does look like loads of fun !

    • Tina

      February 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Awesome! Good lUCK!

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