Thomas & Friends @ the National Children’s Museum

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New to the DMV community, the National Children’s Museum (NCM) sparks curiosity and creativity in little ones, all the way up to middle-school-age kids!

This playful indoor family destination boasts a wide variety of touch-and-play activities, exhibits, and experiences centered around science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Get ready for an exciting exhibit! From January 22-May 15, 2022, the NCM’s traveling exhibit is Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails!

All aboard for fun learning adventures with everyone’s favorite blue engine, Thomas, and his engine friends at some of the Island of Sodor’s iconic locations: Knapford Station, Sodor Steamworks, and more!

In this exhibit, children help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges, from simple sorting and shape identification activity to more complex engineering obstacles, such as completing a train track using track pieces with different levels of elevation. As children confront new challenges and test their abilities, Thomas, Percy, Victor, and others are there to offer encouragement and remind children how “Really Useful” we all are.

As of May 30, 2022, the National Children’s Museum is open almost daily (every day except Thursdays). Visitors are encouraged to reserve tickets for your entire party in one order, as time slots may sell out quickly.

Get excited about your visit and check out their other exhibits too:

Dream Machine
Children ages five and up can climb into the clouds in their three-story climber and slide! Use your imagination to discover new ideas and reach beyond the familiar. The Dream Machine is wheelchair accessible at multiple points. // As of Jan ’22

Little Dreamers
This cloud-and-flight-themed area for infants and toddlers encourages movement and connection. // As of Jan ’22

Innovation Sandbox
Shoot bolts of lightning, make it rain, create clouds, and more through Weather Worlds, an immersive digital experience created by Design I/O. Afterward, discover your inner climate action hero. // As of Jan ’22

Art + Tech
Tap into your creativity with iconic friends and activities from Nickelodeon, including SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW Patrol, and Slime. Not to worry — the Slime is virtual so that you can experience all the fun without any of the mess! // As of Jan ’22

Data Science Alley
Step through colorful, reactive gateways, send a pom-pom through tubes, and in the process, discover how data points are collected and aggregated. Explore figures and statistics through play and think about the data found in your day-to-day lives. // As of Jan 2022

Little Movers
A free-movement space for infants and toddlers to build gross and fine motor skills. // As of Jan ’22

Engineering Games + Play
Design, build, and send vehicles down the National Children’s Museum’s “On the Go-go” track. Shoot a basketball, score a home run, and dive into material science and natural phenomenon concepts through the lens of beloved local sports teams. // As of Jan ’22

Tinkerers Studio
Join the museum for field trips, family workshops, and birthday parties in this 21st-century learning lab. // As of Jan ’22


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