Address: 127 S. Mechanic, Lebanon, OH 45036
Phone: (513) 933-8022
Info: General Admission $18, Children (age 2-12) $15 , Infants (age 1 & under) FREE. LM&M recommends purchasing all tickets in advance of the event date.
LM&M’s website says “Experience a nostalgic train ride on the Lebanon Mason Monroe (LM&M) Railroad through Warren County in Southwestern, Ohio. The LM&M invites you to reminisce and capture moments with family.” LM&M offers several themed train rides year round, but when we heard Thomas the Tank Engine was coming, we bought tickets online for our family of four, as well as Nana & Papa, and truly enjoyed the magic when beloved characters come to life.
Typical Day: I was expecting to take a train ride on Thomas, but we did so much more! From the moment the ticket table gave my boys their train tickets, they were smiling from ear to ear. Surrounding the train depot was an interactive world of “Thomas the Tank Engine”. (I later found out that you do not have to have train ride tickets to come and enjoy the extra displays. This area is open to the public.) The kids took a picture with Sir Topham Hat, played in the train table tent filled with 10 or more tables with trains, created stamp art, got temporary Thomas tatoos, played miniture golf, walked through a hay stack maze, sat in a huge life-size lego train, bounced in the bounce house, and we purchased hotdogs and hamburgers. There was a tent with children musicians where we comfortably sat and had our lunch. Of course, we also stopped by the grandest tent – the store - where Nana & Papa bought “I spent a day out with Thomas” T-shirts for the boys (which they wear, a lot, proudly).
Finally, we lined up to board the real Thomas train. It had no air conditioning, but no one seemed to mind. Nostalgic doesn’t come close to the expressions on my kids faces as we rode up the tracks and then back and met the conductor. They were thrilled. It was one of those moments where you feel like tearing up with joy just watching them love every second.
Yes, this was a little bit of a pricey day, but I’m sure it will be remembered as always not only by my kids but by the grown-up “kids” too.
Cincy Kids: APPROVE