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LET’S GET COLOURFUL!
JOIN THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE AND FRIENDS FOR A DAY FULL OF COLOURFUL ADVENTURES AT PUFFING BILLY RAILWAY.
Down the hills and round the bends of the Dandenong Ranges is where you will find Thomas and his engine friends, with the return of a Day Out With Thomas at Puffing Billy Railway’s Lakeside Station.
Meet your favourite storybook characters up close before an interactive 20-minute (each way) train ride with James and Diesel from Lakeside to Cockatoo. The duration of the train journey is 50-minutes with a short stopover at Cockatoo.
This year, Thomas the Tank Engine is encouraging friends of all ages to get colourful! Say hello to Sir Topham Hatt and Thomas as they keep all the activities at the Lakeside Visitor Centre in order, before getting creative at the Colour Corner, exploring the Play Pod, or grabbing a picture alongside everyone’s favourite blue locomotive, Troublesome Truck, or Bulgy Bus.
The fun continues off the train with all young fans receiving a Day Out With Thomas activity booklet and their very own Junior Engineer’s Certificate, before making their way in and around the Lakeside Visitor Centre to complete their Day Out With Thomas Colour Tour Character Hunt.
YOUR DAY AT A GLANCE!
TRAIN RIDE WITH JAMES & DIESEL
Passengers will travel 50-minutes from Puffing Billy Railway’s Lakeside Station to Cockatoo, before returning back at Lakeside to enjoy Thomas & Friends-themed fun activities in and around the Lakeside Visitor Centre. The duration of the train journey includes a short stopover at Cockatoo.
Photo opportunities with Thomas the Tank Engine, Sir Topham Hatt, Troublesome Truck, Bulgy Bus, Driver Dan, and Shunter Charlie outside the Lakeside Visitor Centre! Thomas will be on static display throughout the entire day, allowing our youngest attendees to have plenty of time to meet him.
Grab a beanbag and get comfy as Lady Hatt shares Thomas and Friends short stories!
Day Out With Thomas Colour Tour Character Hunt activity sheet.
INDOOR COLOUR CORNER
Get involved in the Colour Corner with Thomas and FriendsTM-themed activities, and the chance for kids to write their name on their own Junior Engineer Certificate.
OUTDOOR PLAY POD
Continue the outdoor fun in the Play Pod with Rebecca's Railway Crossing, Coal in the Hole, Mighty Mac's Mosaic Wall and the Thomas and Friends Soft Play Zone - all great for imaginative play! Get a temporary airbrush tattoo of Thomas and Friends Characters or face paint to finish off a day of excitement at Day Out With ThomasTM!
Parents can take the hassle out of the day and pre-book a Day Out With Thomas meal deal to enjoy. Or grab a table at the Lakeside Visitor Centre Railway Café for a delicious sit-down meal!
Day Out With ThomasTM Activity Passport containing crosswords, colouring in sheets and dot-to-dot activities!
Dine in at the Lakeside Visitor Centre
Set on the picturesque grounds of the Emerald Lake Park, overlooking Lake Treganowan is the Lakeside Visitor Centre's family-friendly Railway Café.
Offering a relaxed indoor and outdoor setting surrounded by green rainforest trees and lush ferns, the menu features some of the best seasonal produce and supplies in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges region.
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