Right before my son was born I knew we would outfit his room with trains. For his second Christmas, we got him a train table but the clumsy wood pieces kept him from enjoying the set. It wasn’t until this past July that our love for Thomas the Train grew. We visited relatives in the south and my nephew had a Thomas and Friends train table set up and fully accessorized. My toddler fell in love immediately and I learned something new. Thomas and Friends tracks are plastic, so they are easier to assemble and they stay together. They are also easier to reconfigure and move around to make the track suit your needs. We now love the Thomas and Friends train sets, not only because of the vibrant colors and fun characters but more because of how easy it is to take apart and put together Thomas tracks. I also love that all Thomas sets work together, so you can expand your set and customize it.
While on vacation I ordered my son his first Thomas train set to set up on his current train station, but as soon as I arrived home I received an email asking us to host a Thomas and Friends play date. You can just imagine my excitement. We’ve never had a play date JUST for my son, and he’s usually surrounded by his sisters and their friends. Having a play date just for him that wasn’t pink, sparkly, and fluffy would be different.
Before our play date, I knew it would be a better idea to set up the Thomas and Friends Super Station we received before the kids got here. Just seeing how big it was, I knew it would take some time and the kids wouldn’t be able to wait that long. I was right, it took about a half hour to get everything set up just right as the box showed, but as our initial game play started I realized we needed to change a few things to fit our space better. This is why I LOVE the Thomas and Friends Super Station. Sure, it’s a huge set and does take up a lot of room as the dual racetrack, which we are fortunate to have in the play room, but for day-to-day play we will be using a different set up for my little guy’s train table. The instructions that come with the set show suggested ways to set it up, including a “micro” and “compact” configuration. There are over 35 feet of tracks and the set includes Harold, TrackMaster “Thomas” (he’s automated and moves on his own but will need 2 AAA batteries) Adventures “Percy” and MINIS “James” If you have other Thomas trains you can store them on the track, there’s room for over 100 trains, including full-size engines and MINIS!
So, you might be wondering how our play date went. Well, in dual racetrack mode, there was enough track for everyone to play on. The little ones got very excited as the trains raced down each side, and this was by far their favorite part. The older kids created a track connecting the dual racetrack and used the automated Thomas to chug through the entire course on his own. Each child got a MINI train to take home and remind them of the fun they had! Snacks were served on Thomas & Friends themed tableware from Party City, where they have an extensive selection from plates and cups to plastic table cloths and more!
With the holiday season just around the corner, the Fisher-Price Thomas and Friends Super Station (currently $99.99) is a great set to consider for your Thomas and Friends fan!