EnterTRAINment Junction will host the ever-popular “Everything Thomas” event during the month of February. The attraction, featuring the world’s most famous tank engine, Thomas, will be open from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28. CONTRIBUTED

West Chester’s huge Thomas the Train event includes ‘one of the best ways to teach young children’

Children and families across the region can experience the ever-popular annual “Everything Thomas” event at EnterTRAINment Junction. The attraction will be open daily throughout the month of February.

The indoor, family-friendly celebration of the world’s most famous tank engine, Thomas, will include Thomas wooden train layouts, a Thomas HO scale electric train display, videos, Thomas & Friends scavenger hunts, and more.

“We have Thomas attractions throughout the whole building. In the kid’s area, we put out several activity tables. We have a play area with Thomas things, and a Thomas craft that the kids can do,” said Bill Balfour, general manager of EnterTRAINment Junction.

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During the “Everything Thomas” event, children may also take a ride on EnterTRAINment Junction’s indoor Thomas train ride, which is located in the Expo Center. It is always a comfortable 72 degrees inside the climate-controlled EnterTRAINment Junction.

“One of the things about Thomas is he’s a very memorable character that has been around for a while,” Balfour said. “And, kids can learn a lot of life lessons through the storytelling, which the parents like. The kids don’t even realize they’re being taught, which is one of the best ways to teach young children.”

He said children also have a fascination with transportation — from cars and trains to airplanes.

“This is a fun, family-friendly activity to do together. Everyone will enjoy it. So, get out of the cold weather, and come on in. The train display is great for everyone,” Balfour said.

In addition to all of the “Everything Thomas” fun, EnterTRAINment Junction’s other popular attractions are open, including the world’s largest indoor model train display, a play area for kids, a historic Coney Island replica, a circus-themed A-Maze-N FunHouse, as well as the educational American Railroading Museum and more. EnterTRAINment Junction offers 80,000 square feet of family fun. Guests may also visit Junction Hobbies & Toys for discounts on Thomas & Friends merchandise.

EnterTRAINment Junction attracts more than 130,000 guests, annually. In addition to “Everything Thomas,” “Christmas at the Junction,” “Christmas in July,” and “Jack O’ Lantern Junction” are other popular times for families. Travelers have visited from all 50 states and 37 foreign countries.

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