Tuesday, January 27, 2015

'Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails' Pulls Into Discovery Cube LA

Will and I meet Sir Topham Hatt at the "Thomas & Friends" exhibit at Discovery Cube Los Angeles.
Thomas & Friends are pulling into a new station, as the super kid-friendly exhibit makes its way to Discovery Cube Los Angeles from now through April 26.

Whether it's climbing into Thomas' cab, moving trains around various tracks, placing (rubber-foam) coal onto a conveyor belt, kids will have lots of fun interacting with this very hands-on part of the museum.

Will and I had the chance to check out "Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails" at the relatively new Discovery Cube LA, and my little boy was in train heaven! He made a beeline for the train tables, which were just his size.

Will plays with trains and pretends he's on the island of Sodor.
He also loved climbing onto Thomas, sorting luggage and climbing onto pint-sized train cars. Discovery Cube LA staff was even on hand to help with crafts such as coloring and gluing shapes onto paper so kids could make their own trains. There was also a place for kids to sit, relax and watch clips from the show, and for parents to learn a little bit more of Thomas' origins.

Will helps load coal for Percy's engine.
You might remember our trip down to Discovery Cube Orange County for that "Thomas & Friends" exhibit. This one is the same -- or very similar. It's just at a new location, which is great because it means Will has more opportunities to hang with his favorite tank engine.

Photo credit: Discovery Cube LA
Also, I'm eager to check out Discovery Cube LA. The museum opened in November 2014 in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley. It's huge, with more than 71,000 square feet of interactive, science-based exhibits. It promotes STEM proficiency and early learning.

About to head into the Discovery Cube LA.
In fact, I can't wait to take CC so she can see the museum for herself. She really enjoyed the OC version and has asked and asked ... and asked(!) ... to go back.

And right now, tickets are only $10 for adults and kids!

Discovery Cube Los Angeles
11800 Foothill Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 91342
Tickets: $10 for adults and kids through June 30. Kids ages 2 and under are free.

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