Explore the Rails with Thomas and Friends at Liberty Science Center

You Don’t Need to Pack Your Bags to Visit Sodor!

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There are few ambassadors to children’s literature and television programming that have withstood the test of time like the jovial and hard-working Thomas the Tank Engine. The original TV series featured model trains with the voice of The Beatles’ Ringo Starr narrating his adventures across the island of Sodor. Children have flocked to this iconic train for decades which is easy to understand since he has qualities they identify in themselves. We have ridden with Thomas through train rides and we have read stories about him but now he has arrived in Jersey City!

Liberty Science Center has brought Knapford Station to the fourth floor enabling children ages 2-8 vast opportunities to learn through play. As much as my children have transitioned away from Thomas, as soon as they saw all the engaging activities they were throwing on a Conductor hat and running around hitting all the hot spots of this exhibit. They immediately remembered how much fun Thomas is and appreciated several key spaces we would like to highlight.

Thomas and Friends Explore the Rails


5 Activities Children Will Love At

Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails Exhibit

Massive Train Table

Immediately when you walk into the Explore the Rails exhibit the first thing you and your child will notice is one massive table that consumes a large footprint of the exhibit. This table is the ultimate train engineer’s dream to imagine themselves visiting Sodor. There is a huge variety of trains available which is why there might have been over twenty children playing at this table simultaneously. The different stations, paths and partnerships offer plenty of variety for children to play here for a good length of time.

Thomas and Friends Explore the Rails

All Aboard!

As a parent you may love taking a photo of your little one in front of the large-scale Thomas Model, but your child will be thrilled that they can climb aboard Sodor’s Number One engine. They will be able to explore the inner workings of the engine which helps to refine physical abilities such as hand-eye coordination.

Every Part Has a Purpose

One of our favorite trains on Sodor is Percy but he seems to have a problem. Actually, he has a few problems which your children can help solve. At this station in the exhibit, children can remove train parts and exchange them for other pieces.

Thomas and Friends Explore the Rails

Tickets, Get Out Your Tickets

My children loved playing at the ticket booth. They can even put on a Conductor hat and jacket for some pretend play as they sold tickets to several places such as: Knapford Station, Ulfstead Castle, Vicarstown and Brendham. Children can practice basic math skills with physical money from Sodor. As well, they can plan out the trip using the map on the wall.

Thomas and Friends Explore the Rails

Pack Your Bags!

Enthusiastically, my children threw luggage on the train from the loading dock. (I hope they will bring home this much energy when it is time to clean their rooms.) Children will have to use visual spatial skills as well as problem solving skills to load suitcases and crates of produce within limited spaces.

Thomas and Friends Explore the Rails

While these are a few spots to visit at the Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails exhibit, there are more to enjoy. Young children can be exposed to building trains while preschoolers can practice telling time with Tick Tock, Fix the Clock and parents will enjoy having kids take a photo Sir Topham Hatt which can be emailed to you or posted to social media. Thomas & Friends is open now until May 13, 2018 which is included in general admission. Tickets are $21.75 for adults, $18.75 for seniors 62+, and $17.75 for children ages 2-12. Museum members and children under age 2 are FREE. Liberty Science Center is open in the fall and winter Tuesday-Sundays (closed on Mondays) except on holidays.

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  1. Leah P

    My son loves “choo choo” trains! He loves Thomas and all of his colorful friends! We have books, toys, and dvds!

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