Day Out with Thomas Train Ride - Play & Stay All Day!
Purchase Tickets


Tickets on sale 3/30/24 at 9am Eastern to NC Transportation Museum Members*
Tickets on sale 4/1/24 at 9am to the general public.

*You must become a member by 3/22/24 in order to receive member benefits.

Activities Include:

Live Entertainment

Train Rides: 25 minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine (included), Optional 25 minute ride with Percy (extra cost)

Group Activities: Bean Bag Toss, Mini Golf, Hay Bale Maze, Inflatable Games

Additional Experiences: Bubbles, Temporary Tattoos, Crafts, Coloring Sheet

Inflatable Fun: Character Inflatable photo ops!

Museum Components: Heritage Railway Historical Artifacts

Reciprocal memberships from participating Association of Science-technology Centers (ASTC) will NOT be accepted for this premium event. Neither will vouchers for free museum admission/train ride nor free train ride with paid museum admission.

Ride, Play & Stay All Day!

September 27-29 & October 4-6

Thomas the Tank Engine and Percy are pulling into Spencer, NC, and they’re bringing loads of bubble fun to Day Out With Thomas: Bubble Tour on September 27-29 and October 4-6, 2024! ‘Pop’ on board a real train ride with Thomas, enjoy lawn games, live entertainment, and bubble themed activities!  You can add a train ride with Percy too!

The event at the N.C. Transportation Museum includes Thomas and Percy train rides, pictures with Sir Topham Hatt, hay bale maze, temporary tattoos, balloon artist, photo ops, character inflatables, giant lawn games, a music show, model train layouts, food vendors, picnic shelters, a large gift shop, plus three exhibit buildings featuring North Carolina’s transportation history with rail cars, antique automobiles, and a Wright Brothers flyer replica.

Ticket Prices

Tickets are $20 on Fridays, $22 on weekends, ages 1 and up (plus tax and fees). Members receive a $2 discount per Day Out with Thomas event ticket; “All Day Passes” not discounted. Event tickets include all site activities and one train ride with Thomas. Percy train tickets can be purchased for an additional $8 on Fridays or for an additional $10 on weekends (plus tax and fees). Percy Train tickets are only available as an add-on after purchasing your Day Out With Thomas™ ticket.

All-Day Ride Pass

A limited number of Thomas all-day ride passes are available for Fridays, September 27 and October 4. The all-day ride passes allow multiple rides behind Thomas the Tank Engine™ during the day. You can also add a Percy all-day ride to your all-day Thomas ride pass on those days, while they last. All-day Percy ride passes cannot be purchased without holding an all-day Thomas ride pass. Fans without the all-day ride passes are welcome to enjoy the event activities all day long, but are limited to only the one ride time they have selected for the Thomas train and the optional Percy train. All-day ride passes are $32 plus tax and fees for the Thomas train and an additional $8 plus tax and fees to add the Percy train, while supplies last.

Breakfast with Sir Topham Hatt

Start your day out with a pancake breakfast (pancakes, sausage, a fruit cup and juice) onboard a stationary train car. For $14 per person (plus tax and ticket fee) you will get breakfast and a chance to meet and get your picture taken with Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway (picture sold separately). Everyone ages 1 and up must have a Sir Topham Hatt Breakfast ticket to board the breakfast train cars. Children under the age of 1 are free but must sit on the lap of a paying member of the party. Seating is limited. Two 45-minute breakfast seatings are offered, from 8:15 am until 9:00 am and from 9:15 am until 10:00 am. Breakfast tickets are only available to those who also have a Day Out With Thomas ™ event ticket.

For questions regarding tickets or to order by phone please contact the Day Out with Thomas™️ charge-by-phone line at: 1-866-468-7630 (9 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST/7 days a week). For general event information, you can also email the museum at

NCTM Stay & Play Packages

Overnight Stay & Play Package

Overnight Stay & Play Packages can be booked beginning April 2, 2024. The deadline to book the Overnight Packages for Day Out With Thomas™ for the opening weekend September 27 – 29, 2024 will be September 24, 2024 at 4 p.m. or while supplies last. The deadline to book for the second weekend October 4 – 6, 2024 will be October 1, 2024 at 4 p.m. or while supplies last.

You can earn complimentary Day Out with Thomas™ tickets by booking your overnight stay in a participating Rowan County Lodging property. Pay careful attention to the new process, as well as the terms and conditions prior to booking your lodging.

Book your overnight stay in Rowan County during the date you are attending Day Out with Thomas™ at the N.C. Transportation Museum and receive:

1 Night Stay

2 free Day Out with Thomas™ and Percy combo tickets (while supplies last) OR a $45 VISA gift card

2 Night Stay

4 free Day Out with Thomas™ and Percy combo tickets (while supplies last) OR a $90 VISA gift card

Questions regarding Overnight Stay & Play Package? Contact the Rowan County Tourism office at 1-800-332-2343, 704-638-3100, or visit their website.

DOWT 2024 Food Vendors

A variety of food vendors will be available each day.

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