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Top Five Reasons to Visit the Santa Train Near Kansas City!

Are you on the lookout for the opportunity for wonderful Santa visits around Kansas City?! Our friends over at Midland Railway offer an annual Santa train that you’re not going to want to miss! You can save $3 per ticket now through December 10th when you use the code iFKC2017 at MidlandRailway.org when you grab your tickets. But hurry! These tickets sell out FAST! Want to know what all is included in your trip aboard the train?!  Take a look…

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Top Five Reasons to Visit the Santa Train Near Kansas City!

#1 Get Away From The City for a Few Hours

Nestled in the beautiful Kansas countryside, Baldwin City is just a hop, skip, and a jump outside of the metro area. From I-35 South, you can arrive at the depot platform from Olathe in around a half an hour. With the simple commute, it’s the ideal distance away from the city to feel like you’re on fantastic a day-trip from Kansas City without the hassle of packing the overnight bag.  Midland Railway offers seasonal excursions for perfect for families including the annual Easter Train, Day Out With Thomas, Maple Leaf Train, and (what we’re going to talk about today) the Santa Claus Express Train.

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#2 Create FUN Family Memories

Among the many benefits of riding aboard Midland Railway is the opportunity to create lasting memories with your family. The Santa Claus Express Train, simply put, is FUN. The excitment begins the moment you arrive at the depot. Guests are invited to await the train inside the rustic, historic building where a beautiful Christmas tree and holiday film (they played The Polar Express when we visited) help to get you into the Christmas spirit.

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Once aboard the train, your family will enjoy seasonal beverages (hot apple cider or cocoa) and in the comfortable cars where you’ll spend most of your time on your journey. First class passengers (I highly suggest the upgraded ticket when you book) sit inside the 1940’s Belle Train cars which include four top table settings during the excursion. Your first class ticket includes a beverage, cookie, coloring book, a keepsake ornament, and (of course) all of the entertainment during the trip. On the journey, your family will enjoy Christmas storytime, carolers, and the visit with Santa.

#3 Skip the Santa Lines

Let’s face it, waiting in line for an hour (or more) at the mall is tough with little ones. Midland Railway does a phenomenal job at managing the timing of visits with Santa so that nobody feels like they’re waiting to see the man in the big red coat. Passengers are escorted car by car (row by row) throughout the ride so that, by the time you get to the car where Santa and Mrs. Claus are waiting, you don’t feel like you’ve ever waited in a line to see them.

#4 Enjoy a More Personalized Santa Visit

Santa is wonderful, always, but he’s even more magical during the Express train. Your child will spend a few minutes chatting with Santa and Mrs. Claus about the upcoming Christmas holiday and will take time to capture some wonderful keepsake photos on your trip, too. Part of the benefit to how they do things at Midland Railway is that you truly feel like your visit with Santa was special.

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#5 Support an Incredible Organization

Midland Railway is amazing. Their team of volunteers (which they all are) are on a mission to keep the history of railroading alive for Kansas City area families. When you purchase a ticket aboard any of their trains, your dollars go directly to support their cause and to preserving a part of history that children and their parents and grandparents enjoy year after year. I encourage you to discover more about Midland Railway online. Be sure to carve out time for your visit this year, your family is going to love it!

Midland Railway, Baldwin City

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Don’t Miss A Day Out With Thomas At Midland Railway!

If you haven’t been to Midland Railway in Baldwin City, Kansas yet, you’re missing out. They’re on a mission to keep the history of railroading alive with their unique seasonal events and special activities, including one that your family can take advantage of this weekend ONLY and don’t forget that you can save $2 per ticket using our exclusive code (at the bottom of this post) for your trip! Erin, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, had a chance to check out the limited time Day Out With Thomas and Friends this morning and is sharing her experience with you this evening on the blog. Take a look…

Don’t Miss A Day Out With Thomas At Midland Railway!

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ALL ABOARD! The FINAL weekend for Day Out with Thomas at Midland Railway is THIS weekend! My guys and I had the opportunity to check out the festivities in Baldwin City, KS, located about an hour or so from KC. Check out our day!

My husband, son, and I ventured out this morning and made a SUPER fun day of it!  They offered free parking with a shuttle bus from the elementary school.  It was my two year old’s first experience on a school bus so he was excited from the moment we got out of the car.  We arrived just in time for our departure on Thomas!  The look on his face when he saw the giant train with Thomas pulling it was best part of the whole experience for this momma!  He is a HUGE fan of trains, Thomas and all his friends!

The ride lasted about 35 minutes or so and takes you on a scenic tour of Baldwin City farmland!  When we got off the train and all the memorable pictures in front of Thomas were complete, we were free to check out all of the other many fantastic activities: bouncy house, Imagination Station, mini golf, gift shop, Sir Topham Hatt, story telling and videos, magic show and much more! The bounce house was the perfect size for little ones ages 2 to 6!  When you arrive you are provided a Passport to Friendship with 4 different “stamp stations” and once you complete your passport you get a little prize!

There is a gift shop with lots of fun exclusive Day Out with Thomas merchandise to remember your trip! We wrapped up our trip with lunch at Moose Backwoods BBQ, a restaurant located inside the gas station, on the way out of town.  It was pretty good (but I think as Kansas Citians we all know who rules the roost on the gas station BBQ thing!)

A combo ticket gets you a ride on Thomas AND on Percy!  Tickets are still available at midlandrailway.org. Be sure to use discount code IFKC2017 for $2 off each ticket! It was a great little day trip for my family and I definitely see another visit to see Thomas and the gang in our future!

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Planning Your Day Out With Thomas: What You Need To Know

Planning Your Day Out With Thomas Aboard Midland Railway!

Our community is so lucky to have an organization like Midland Railway who is dedicated to preserving the history of railroading. In addition to their regularly scheduled rides, Midland Railway also offers some incredible events throughout the year including the annual Maple Leaf train in the fall and the Santa train each Christmas. This weekend and next, your family can experience a Day Out With Thomas where your kids will have the chance to ride Thomas and Percy, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a variety of other fun activities all just a stone’s throw from the metro area. We had the chance to send iFamilyKC Mom Squad ambassador Becky and her family to check out this year’s event today and are excited to share her thoughts with you tonight on the blog. Take a look…

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All Aboard for Great Family Fun — Choo-Choo!

Are you looking for a very fun family outing? Well then, get ALL ABOARD a “Day Out with Thomas and Percy” at the Midland Railway in Baldwin, Kansas.

Day Out With Thomas

My husband and I took our three kids, almost 6 (girl), 4 (boy) and 3 (boy) out to Midland Railway and it was a big hit for everyone. We had not been before, so I thought it was just going to be a fun train ride and we’d go home. Silly me. I had no idea how much fun was in store for us.

First, riding Thomas the Train was really exciting for the kids. We all had big-window views and enjoyed the 25-minute trip. It was the perfect amount of time for the kids. Getting in and out of the train can be a little tricky for little ones (these are REAL trains!) but the staff was right there to help which can come in real handy for families like ours whose parents are outnumbered by their children.

Day out With Thomas

After the train ride, every family has the opportunity to get a photo up close with the Thomas or Percy trains. We got some cute ones — which will make great keepsakes to remember our fun day.

Day Out With Thomas

Next, it was on to the the Imagination Station. This covered area (one of several, which was so nice) was full of train tables and building block areas. I’m pretty sure our boys would have stayed in this area the entire time if we didn’t finally lure them out with the promise of heading to the bounce house.

Day Out With Thomas

There was a great petting zoo with not just the familiar goats and such, but also pretty exotic ones like a spider monkey and a camel. And speaking of animals, The Great Parakeet Adventure was also onsite — a large caged trailer full of colorful parakeets and open for kids to walk through and feed the birds. I couldn’t convince our 6-year-old to get in there with the beautiful birds but she had fun watching the birds through the cage. On the other hand, my husband couldn’t get our 3-year-old to leave the inside of the parakeet cage. He loved it!  

Day Out With Thomas

But wait, there was MORE! Our kids played mini golf, listened to stories, watched a magic show, learned about railroad safety, watched a Thomas movie (helpful as an opportunity to cool down and refuel), got up-close-and-personal with a fire truck, and met Sir Topham Hatt, the controller of the railway on the Island of Sodor. While they were doing all these things they were also getting their special Thomas map stamped at the different activities and redeemed their completed maps for a special Thomas prize.

At the end of the day, our kids were just like we like them, happy and tuckered. I asked each of my children on the drive home what their favorite thing was and all three answered, “Everything!” I think that’s my answer, too.

Day Out With Thomas

Event details:

Thomas and Percy are in town Sunday, June 5, and next weekend June 11 and June 12. The grounds open at 8:30AM, with departure times every hour from 9AM-5PM. Tickets to ride Thomas are $19. For an extra $10, you can ride Percy, too.

Pro Tips

  •  There is free parking with free shuttle service (air conditioned!) about a mile from the gate. Don’t be tempted by the closer parking for $5, riding the shuttle was part of the fun for our kids.
  •  There is plenty of complimentary, cold water so you don’t have to pack or carry around your own sippy cups and water bottles while you’re there.
  •  There were turkey legs, funnels cakes and other yummy snacks for sale. You can also bring in your own food and sit in the covered picnic area.
  •  If you don’t really care where you sit on the train (we didn’t and still ended up with great seats) then don’t bother standing in the ticket line waiting to board. Enjoy all the surrounding fun and games while the majority of the families board, then just walk straight up and on to the train. Less time standing in lines, more time for fun!
  •  Wondering if you can do this solo with your kids? Yes! I can’t say enough about the staff. They were all very friendly and helpful. There were several times when my husband and I were very appreciative of their extra set of hands as we all boarded the train, got our kids in and out of the bounce house, wanted a family pic taken, etc. It was fully staffed and if you needed anything, they were there.
  •  The activity areas close at 6PM so if you have tickets for the last trip (5PM), be sure to come early to enjoy all the fun before your train ride.

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