Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails

Nov 24, 2021 - Jan 9, 2022 Recurring daily

Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater
2579 South Loop 289
Lubbock, TX 79423

$8.50 Adults $7.00 Children (ages 3-12) $7.00 Seniors (ages 60+)


Welcome to the Island of Sodor! Thomas & FriendsTM: Explore the Rails is an interactive and STEM-based Thomas and Friends themed exhibit touring different US and Canadian children’s museums. In Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails, visitors find themselves surrounded by the island’s iconic locations: Knapford Station, Sodor Steamworks and much more.  You’ll have the chance to explore Thomas’ cab, learn about Thomas and Friends’ history, and role-play as railway staff.  Television series models of ThomasEmily and Diesel will also be on display!

In the exhibit, children help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges, from a simple sorting and shape identification 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, the smiling faces of Thomas, Percy, Victor and others are there to offer encouragement and remind children how “really useful” they all are.

 Exhibit Activities:

  • Climb inside Thomas‘ cab to explore his inner workings.
  • Remove and replace parts to fix Percy‘s wobbly wheel, buffers, funnel and lamp.
  • Fill Percy with coal and water so he can deliver the mail.
  • Suit up as the conductor and sell tickets to ride the train.
  • Load and sort luggage and freight into train cars.
  • Explore the history of Thomas and Friends through books, television series clips including clips from Shining Time Station episodes, and toys.
  • Plan and build navigation routes to favorite destinations on the gigantic Wooden Railway replica of the Island of Sodor.


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