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Giveaway: Enjoy a Day Out with Thomas at the B&O Railroad Museum!

All aboard, little train enthusiasts! Thomas the Tank Engine™ is returning to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, rolling in to the “station” on their annual Day Out With Thomas tour. The crew from the Island of Sodor will be stopping there from April 26-28 and May 3-5. And TWO lucky KFDC readers can win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to go on April 26!

A Day Out With Thomas ticket includes all kinds of locomotive-themed fun. Along with all-day admission to the B&O Railroad Museum and fun live entertainment, you get to take a scheduled 25-minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine™ and enjoy all of these activities and programs:

• Photo opportunities with Sir Topham Hatt
• Thomas Imagination Station of interactive play
• Carnival Games
• Moon bounce
• Kid’s climb-on train
• Craft & tattoo stations
• Interactive B&O Railroad Museum exhibits
• Free rides on the Museum’s carousel

Tickets to a Day Out With Thomas are $26 and available for purchase online. Of course, you can also try to win them through the giveaway below.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win one of the Family 4-Packs of tickets to Day Out With Thomas on Friday, April 26, 2019, with a 1pm train ride time, simply leave a comment below telling me what activity you and your kids enjoyed most in February. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too. This giveaway will run through March 15, 2019, then a winner will be drawn at random and announced shortly thereafter. Good luck!


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Enter to Win a Day Out with Thomas at the B&O Railroad Museum!



Lots of little train enthusiasts will be excited about this event… Thomas the Tank Engine™ is returning to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, rolling in to the “station” on their annual Day Out With Thomas tour. The crew from the Island of Sodor will be stopping there from April 27-29 and May 4-6. And FOUR lucky KFDC readers can win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to go — two on April 27, and two on May 4!

A Day Out With Thomas ticket includes all kinds of locomotive-themed fun. Along with all-day admission to the B&O Railroad Museum and fun live entertainment, you get to take a scheduled 25-minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine™ and enjoy all of these activities and programs:

• Photo opportunities with Sir Topham Hatt
• Thomas Imagination Station of interactive play
• Carnival Games
• Moon bounce
• Kid’s climb-on train
• Craft & tattoo stations
• Interactive B&O Railroad Museum exhibits
• Free rides for children on Thomas Power Wheels, Museum’s carousel, Happy Train, & Choo Choo Blueville

Tickets to a Day Out With Thomas are $26 and available for purchase online. Of course, you can also try to win them through the giveaway below.

Giveaway: For a chance to win one of the Family 4-Packs of tickets to Day Out With Thomas on Friday, April 27, 2018 with a 1pm train ride time or Friday, May 4, 2018, with a 1:45pm train ride time (date will be chosen at random), simply leave a comment below. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too. This giveaway will run through April 16, 2017, then a winner will be drawn at random and announced shortly thereafter. Good luck!


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Enter to Win a Day Out With Thomas at the B&O Railroad Museum!

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I know lots of tiny train enthusiasts will be excited about this… Thomas the Tank Engine™ is returning to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. The crew from the Island of Sodor will be rolling in to the “station” on their annual Day Out With Thomas tour, stopping from April 28-30 and May 5-7. And two lucky KFDC readers can win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to go on opening day, April 28!

A Day Out With Thomas ticket includes all kinds of locomotive-themed fun. Along with all-day admission to the B&O Railroad Museum and fun live entertainment, you get to take a scheduled 25-minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine™ and enjoy all of these activities and programs:

• Photo opportunities with Sir Topham Hatt
• Thomas Imagination Station of interactive play
• Carnival Games
• Moon bounce
• Kid’s climb-on train
• Craft & tattoo stations
• Interactive B&O Railroad Museum exhibits
• Free rides for children on Thomas Power Wheels, Museum’s carousel, Happy Train, & Choo Choo Blueville

Tickets to a Day Out With Thomas are $22 and available for purchase online. Of course, you can also try to win them through the giveaway below.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win one of the Family 4-Packs of tickets to Day Out With Thomas on Friday, April 28, with a 1:45pm train ride time, simply leave a comment on the post. To be eligible, you must subscribe to KidFriendly DC (see sign-up to the left). This giveaway will run through April 2, 2017, then a winner will be drawn at random and announced shortly thereafter. Good luck!


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Experience 18th-Century Living History at Claude Moore Colonial Farm

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It’s one thing to learn about the past through books, at a museum, or a visit to a historic site. It’s something else entirely to engage with history in an immersive way that makes you feel as if you’ve been transported back in time. This is just the kind of experience Claude Moore Colonial Farm offers its visitors. The living history locale in McLean, VA, portrays family life on a small, low-income farm just prior to the Revolutionary War with an authenticity that goes well beyond artifacts to view and sites to explore.

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The park recreates life on a tobacco farm in the year 1771. Not only is Claude Moore set up to look as a farm would have in the 18th century, a family portrays life on the farm and goes about what would have been daily activities back then. Even more (yes, there more!), visitors are not just welcome, but encouraged to participate in those activities and get a real feel for what life was like nearly 250 years ago.

All of this is open for the public to enjoy from April through December — visitors are welcome on a walk-in basis Wednesdays to Sundays. Claude Moore Colonial Farm also offers special programs and events for enhanced and more insightful farm experiences.

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Junior Interpretor Program
Kids ages 10 to 17 can truly find out what working on a colonial farm is like through this unique program. If accepted, Junior Interpreters portray, in costume, the colonial farm family’s children, working at least one day per month. While the program is fun, it also requires work — planting, weeding, tending to and harvesting crops in the fields and kitchen garden, performing maintenance tasks on the 18th century site, cleaning animal pens, assist with cooking, and much more — in all weather conditions. Read more about the program and find out how to apply here.

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18th Century Colonial Market Fairs
Three weekends a year, the Farm hosts Market Fairs that draw both locals and visitors from across the country. Showcasing 18th-century life in a festive way, the events feature demos by tradesmen and artisans, a variety of musical and dramatic performances, arts & crafts for kids and adults, and savory food (often cooked on spits), and more. It’s like Ren Fest on a smaller scale, in a different era and place. Fun and educational for all, the Market Fairs are easily a family bucket list item.

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Farm Membership
Once you visit Claude Moore Colonial Farm, there’s very good chance you’ll go back, making membership worth it. Rates are very reasonable ($40/family per year), and benefits include a season pass giving you unlimited admission, entry to all three Market Fairs and other special events, discounts on workshops and gift shop items, and use of the Farm’s library. Sign up online or call 703.442-7557 for more information.

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You can read even more about Claude Moore Colonial Farm in this post about our first visit there. But I highly recommend you go experience it for yourself.

Claude Moore Colonial Farm is located at 6310 Georgetown Pike in McLean VA — directions are available here. Hours are 10am – 4:30pm Wedsnesday – Sunday from April 1 – December 31. Regular admission is $5/adult, $3/children & seniors, free/2 & under. Market Fair admission is $8/adult, $4/senior, $3/child, free for ages 2 and under.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Claude Moore Colonial Farm, however, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own, and I only promote places, products, and services that I truly enjoy and believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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