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Explore the Rails with Thomas & Friends at the National Children’s Museum

[Note:  This post was written by KFDC Contributor Emily Moise, a local writer and mom of two young children.   She always has excellent recommendations for kids’ activities around the DC area. See some of them here, here,  and here.


Attention all train lovers: Thomas has entered the National Children’s Museum!   Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails!, an interactive exhibit created at the Minnesota Children’s Museum and geared for ages 2-7, is open now through Sunday, May 15. If you have a Thomas groupie like I do, or if you just want to discover the magic of the #1 blue engine and his friends, get your tickets to get on board today.

The large-scale Thomas and Percy trains will grab your kids attention immediately. Thomas is equipped with life-like levers that activate life-like train sounds. Percy is engineered to teach a science lesson through people-power. Spin wheels to input coal and water into the engine, creating enough steam to hear Percy roar. On the other side, Percy’s wheels need fixing to get him back on track.

The train set to put your train set to shame is likely where your kids will spend most of their time. We identified a few must-haves for our tracks at home, before prodding my son along to the rest of the exhibit. We also loved a smaller track set up for experimenting with ramp angles to get trains over a hill. For the littlest ones, you’ll find a confined space with toddler-appropriate engines.

Aside from the STEM-oriented play, pretend play is found throughout with a ticket booth, train cars, costumes, and props. And history buffs, or parents who have spent a lot of time with Thomas, will appreciate the corner of memorabilia and information on the creators, iterations, and celebrity narrators. There are also books and a viewing screen if your child needs a break from the action.



Covid Safety: The museum recommends purchasing tickets in advance to ensure admission with reduced capacity and timed sessions. Masks are required for all visitors ages 2+. You can learn more about the museum’s COVID safety protocols here. And you can read more about the National Children’s Museum in this KFDC post.


National Children’s Museum
Where: 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW | Washington, DC 20004
When: Thursday – Sunday, 9:30am – 12:30pm & 1:30-4:30pm
Admission: $15.95/ages 1+, free/under 1 & members


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Big Names, Big Tickets

Thomas. Dora. Laurie. Kai-Lan. If any of these names mean something to your kids, then you have an opportunity to make their day—big time. All of the above beloved, plus a few more, will be performing live in the area soon, and we’ve got details of how to get in on it.

Laurie Berkner is coming to Baltimore’s Pier Six Pavillion on May 1. Tickets are $20-$50 and go on sale tomorrow, March 12, at 12pm. Guaranteed to be a good one. We took Owen to see Laurie a couple of years ago, and the show was just as fun as her catchy songs. (Is it okay to admit that this was one concert where I knew the words to every tune?)

Thomas & Friends are also rolling into Baltimore in a few weeks. From April 23 – 25 and April 30-May 2, the B&O Railroad Museum will be celebrating the cherished tank engine’s 65th birthday. Among the fun will be rides on a Thomas-led train and photo ops with Sir Topham Hatt. Tickets are $18.

Nick Jr.’s “in” crowd will take the stage at the Warner Theater April 16-18 when Nickelodeon Presents Storytime Live! comes to town. Everyone from Dora and Kai-lan to Pablo & the gang and Linny, Tuck, and Ming Ming, too, will be there for the fun. Hosted by Moose and Zee. Tickets are $16 – $46.

Big names of the Olympic variety will be here for Smucker’s Stars on Ice at the Verizon Center on April 8. Sasha Cohen and Evan Lysacek lead the line-up of figure skaters who will awe and entertain with jumps, spins, and other amazing stunts on ice . Adult tickets are $25 – $140, children under 12 are $12.50 – $22.50.


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