By Kathy L. Collins

Little fans of Thomas The Tank Engine and their families are invited to team up with him for a day of fun at the Annual Day Out With Thomas: The Ready, Set, Go Tour 2016. The event will take place on two consecutive weekends, March 11-13 and March 18-20 at the Florida Railroad Museum located at 12210 83rd St. E. in Parrish (north of Bradenton just off of I-75 in Manatee County).

Tickets for the event range from $19-$23 and can be obtained at or by calling toll-free 866-468-7630. For more information and directions, contact the (941) 776-0906 and on Facebook

Day Out With Thomas is a fun filled, family event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas. Children can also participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities. The tour, now in its 21st year, will make 43 stops across the U.S. and Canada, and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2016. Little engineers and their families are invited to take a 25-minute ride on their favorite engine. They can also meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway, and enjoy a day of Thomas & Friends themed activities.

Kimberly Agin said her son Harrison, who is 20 months old, loves Thomas the Tank Engine.

“We cannot wait to take Harrison to see ‘Choo-choo’ which is what he calls Thomas the Tank Engine. It will be so much fun for him and fun for us to watch him take it all in at Day out with Thomas,” she said.

Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every 45 minutes, rain or shine. Departure times begin at 9 a.m. through 3:45 p.m. each day of the event.

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