Inspire the Engineer in Everyone

  • Attendance-boosting appeal
  • Rich content based on popular Thomas & Friends™ children’s book and television series
  • Multi-layered messaging for children and adults alike

Exhibit Details

Content focus
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

1,500 – 2,500 sq. ft.


Note: Tentative bookings are not listed online. Please contact us to confirm the availability.

Target audience
Children ages 2 to 7
Families and school groups


  • Immersive environment featuring a large-scale Island of Sodor interactive train table
  • Email capture photo kiosk
  • Top-notch educational, marketing and educational materials
  • Exhibit props and costumes
  • Responsive support from experienced staff
  • Text graphics in English and Spanish

Brochure (PDF)

Irresistible and Engaging Environments

Visitors step onto the Island of Sodor where they can climb aboard a large model of Thomas the tank engine, race trains along a giant track, work together to sort and load cargo and maintain engines. As children confront new challenges and test their abilities, the smiling faces of Thomas, Percy, Victor and others are there to offer encouragement and remind children how “really useful” they all are.

Skills in Action
Children engage in a variety science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) challenges from a simple sorting and shape identification to more complex engineering obstacles. These interactive opportunities encourage visitors to:

  • Ask questions
  • Pose challenges
  • Seek information
  • Explore options
  • Identify problems
  • Design creative solutions
  • Reflect on actions/results
Past Hosts
  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Chicago Children’s Museum
  • Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
  • Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
  • Children’s Museum of Southern California
  • Centro de Ciencias y Artes (Mexico)
  • Children’s Museum of La Crosse
  • Children’s Museum of Manhattan
  • Cincinnati Science Center
  • Discovery Center
  • Discovery Children’s Museum (Las Vegas)
  • DiscoveryCube(Santa Ana, CA)
  • DiscoveryCube (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
  • Liberty Science Center
  • Los Angeles Maritime Museum


Contact Michelle Wright,
Traveling Exhibits Manager

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Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails gave us a significant 35% increase in attendance during a time of year when it’s typically difficult for our museum to drive traffic. Not only did it attract families with younger kids, they also raved about their visit afterward and came back again and again.”

— Discovery Cube - Santa Ana

“The Thomas & Friends™ exhibit was the biggest reason we wanted to visit the museum! Our children are huge fans of Thomas & Friends and were not disappointed by the exhibit! There was something for every age group to do — from toddlers to adults! Our children could have spent all day just at this exhibit!”

— Marissa Oachs, The Review Stew