Thomas the Tank Engine and friends at Workshops Rail Museum

ALL SMILES: The Fat Controller is looking forward to seeing happy faces of Thomas fans.
ALL SMILES: The Fat Controller is looking forward to seeing happy faces of Thomas fans. Contributed

IPSWICH children can splash out with Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends at the Workshops Rail Museum after Christmas.

The seaside-themed Day Out With Thomas event will be unveiled on Boxing Day.

Much-loved Thomas will be joined by his friends Edward, Donald, Douglas, plus Annie and Clarabel, as well as the friendly Fat Controller.

The Fat Controller is looking forward to meeting young fans, and recommended they bring a beach towel and a change of clothes to enjoy the special water and sand play zone.

Workshops director Andrew Moritz said his team was gearing up for a busy school holiday period, with a number of activities planned to keep restless children entertained.

"Visitors are encouraged to dive into all the fun with seaside performances by the Fat Controller," Mr Moritz said.

"Buckets and spades will also be at the ready for children to build sandcastle creations while the Thomas PlayPit will offer endless hours of track building and train testing in air-conditioned comfort."

There will also be water wheels and bubble wands for water play, as well as a Thomas Imagination Station with Thomas puzzles, stories, games and craft.

Children and adults alike can also learn about real-life trains by taking a tour of the active railway workshops and viewing first-hand the restoration and maintenance of powerful steam locomotives.

Enclosed footwear is required for workshop tours.

Day Out With Thomas will run until Sunday, February 3, at the North St, North Ipswich museum.

The Workshops open daily from 9.30am-5pm. Entry charges: $20 (adults), $11.50 (children), $17 (concession), free for children under three.

You can find out further information by phoning 3432 5100 or visiting the website at theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au.

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