A couple of weeks ago we had a very special invite to a very special party, Thomas the Tank engine was turning 70!
The boys were over the moon and very excited to be a part of such an iconic celebration. We boarded the train and travelled into London to the British Museum. Thomas was celebrating in style in one of the most beautiful buildings in London.
As we walked down the steps in the British Museum towards the Foyer where Thomas and The Fat Controller was there to greet everyone.
I think Oliver may have had a bit of celebrity shock, as he just stared at Sir Topham Hat and didn’t talk for a while . He just posed for a few photos with him and Thomas, I don’t think he was expecting to meet them in person.
There was lots of activities to keep the children happy, lots to see and do
There was a showing of a Thomas and Friends episode in the auditorium on the big screen, so the boys and I went off to find some seats and settle down to watch the show.
Once the film was over, a story-teller came on stage and told and interactive story about the Thomas and Friends, she got all of the audience involved with actions and shouting. The boys joined in with shouting out the characters names, they know them all! Rusty and Dusty was making everyone laugh by chasing each other around the theatre.
After the show was finished we headed out to the face painting stall.
Oliver decided on getting Percy painted on his face, and Joseph went for a moshling character. They were very good, just like little artistic drawings. Once their faces were painted they ran off into the birthday crowd to show off their little painted creations on their faces.
It wasn’t long before they found the creative area, where you could draw and colour a birthday card for Thomas, play with some toys or do some colouring in. The youngest quickly made himself comfortable at the front of the table and got to designing a card for Thomas. It was craft heaven, with a selection of coloured felts, glitter, pom poms and all stuff that sparkle. He spent a long time concentrating on his card, once he finished it was put amongst the other cards, that the children made, on the side for everyone to see,
Once he finished his card he moved on to colouring in a Thomas picture, I couldn’t get him away from the table! Even when Sir Topham Hat called out to everyone that they were going to bring out the cake, he didn’t budge! Not even to everyone singing Happy Birthday! He had to finish his picture for Thomas.
It wasn’t until I told him that he could get some cake, Did he decide that he had finished his colouring in. He was given some delicious cake and sat down to eat it whilst watching an episode of Thomas and Friends in the theatre.
I must say it was a very impressive cake, Joseph couldn’t believe the size of it!
The party was nearly over, we said our goodbyes and handed over a card to Sir Topham hat, who opened it up and placed at the front of Thomas.
The boys and I had a wonderful time mingling with friends, watching shows, colouring in and eating cake. The party couldn’t have been any better!
Thank you to Grayling PR for inviting us along to the party. All pictures and words are my own.
Hinckley’s Westfield Infants School wins Thomas & Friends ™ national singing competition to record brand new song for special anniversary movie!
You may remember a whole back I shared with you all,about the Thomas and Friends 70th Birthday celebrations which involved the chance for a school to win to record a new Thomas & Friends song for the upcoming film which is to be released later this year.
Well the winners have been announced!
Congratulations to all that entered but huge round of applause to Westfield Infant School.
The pupils of Westfield Infant School in Leicestershire have been crowned winners of the Thomas & Friends ™ national singing competition – winning the chance to record a song for the new Thomas movie starring Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne!
The winning class of five and six-year olds beat off tough competition from more than 50 schools from across the country all battling for the honour to record the a tune to mark the iconic brand’s 70th birthday.
Schools across the country have been celebrating 2015 as the year of friendship for Thomas & Friends’ 70th anniversary by recording their own Happy Birthday songs for Thomas, in association with National Schools Partnership.
Judges picked Westfield Infant School as the overall winners and as their prize the class secured an all-expenses paid trip to a professional recording studio to record the new “We Make A Team Together” song which will feature on the new Thomas & Friends DVD movie Sodor’s Legend Of The Lost Treasure, due out this autumn.
The children also won a unique half-day musical experience run by a music specialist, a special visit from The Fat Controller, £200 worth of musical instruments for their school and Thomas goodie bags all round.
Thomas & Friends producer Ian McCue congratulated the students and staff of Westfield Infant School: She said: “Westfield school was our clear winner – a huge well done to everybody involved. We absolutely loved having the students record in the studio and look forward to hearing the final track. The children have created a piece of history!”
Three primary schools had previously been announced as runners-up: St Mary’s in Merseyside, Smallwood in Cheshire and Blakedown in Worcestershire.
Find out more about Thomas on the Thomas & Friends website www.thomasandfriends.com You can keep track of all the latest Thomas & Friendsnews on Twitter and Facebook.
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Roar into Adventure
If your children are anything like mine and they adore Thomas the Tank Engine, then they may like the new Thomas and Friends DVD.
Thomas and Friends is an adventurous, fun and imaginative world that children love to explore. My son just needs a small little train in his hands and he can make up wonderful stories all about exciting adventures, his little mind is full of imagination and creativity. He loves to watch Thomas and Friends and reenact the scenes that he has just seen on his own train track sets, I love to watch his enthusiasm about play.
In Dinos and Discoveries something exciting is happening. The engines are filled with wonder at the fantastical new sights and sounds on the Island of Sodor. Volcanoes sizzle and dinosaurs roar as the engines help the Earl of Sodor with a special surprise.
Samson in introduced to the Island and the other engines when he brings in The Earls Deliveries for the surprise, Samson is invited to stay by the Fat Controller.
The DVD introduces 6 new monster size episodes, new friends and full of surprises.
- Marion and the Dinosaurs
- Millie and the Volcano
- Timothy and the Rainbow Truck
- Samson at your Service
- Emily Saves the World
- Samson Sent for Scrap
- Really useful engines
- Mr Perkins’ postcard
- The Earl’s quiz
- Mr Perkins’ story time
- Who’s that engine?
My boys favourite episode is Samson sent for scrap. Samson has been sent by the Fat Controller to collect track side scrap whilst scruff is being repaired. Nothing is safe on the Island as Samson soon starts to collect everything he can see, including a postman’s bike, a bus stop sign and the fat Controllers car! Lucky for Samson, Scruff notices what he is doing and he saves the car from being scrapped. Soon everyone is laughing about Samsons antics (Including my boys)
Watching the DVD has inspired my boys and they have recreated the scenes from Dinos and Dinosaurs with their very own toys
The DVD is available to but now from all good retailers
Running time: 70 minutes
Stockists: Available online at www.amazon.co.uk and in all good retailers nationwide
Find out more about Thomas on the Thomas & Friends website www.thomasandfriends.com You can keep track of all the latest Thomas & Friends news on Twitter and Facebook.
We was sent a copy of the DVD for the purpose of this review.
School to win chance to record a new Thomas & Friends ™ song in special 70th anniversary year!
This year it’s Thomas & Friends 70th birthday and to celebrate they are launching a competition to get schools involved. To mark the iconic brands birthday they are asking Primary school classes across the country to enter a singing competition for the chance to record a new song for the upcoming film which is to be released this Autumn.
Judges are looking for the best, most creative singers in the country to be in with a chance of scooping the top prize package for their entire class, which includes…
- An all-expenses paid trip to a recording studio to sing and record the Thomas & Friends theme tune which will feature on a special anniversary DVD
- A half-day musical experience run by a music specialist
- £200 worth of musical instruments
- A visit from The Fat Controller
All schools who register for the competition via the National Schools Partnership website will receive a free downloadable resource pack, full of fun and simple activities linked to numeracy, literacy, PE and art and design, to help engage and inspire children to make their entry stand out.
Register today at http://www.nationalschoolspartnership.com/thomasandfriends.php
Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son 69 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages. The little blue engine and his friends invite children to enter into a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story.
All three of my children have adored Thomas & Friends. The youngest can recite which colour, number and name the trains are, he builds tracks around the house all the time and makes up his own little adventures, his imagination runs wild.
To find out more about Thomas & Friends visit their website.