New Thomas & Friends Exhibit at Exploration Place | Opens September 23rd

Thomas and Friends Exploration PlaceWichita, Kansas — Thomas the Train and Friends Explore the Rails at Exploration Place this fall and winter! Families can enjoy this traveling exhibit, included with admission to Exploration Place, beginning September 23, 2022 – January 8,  2023.

In this traveling exhibit geared toward ages 2-7, children help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of STEM-focused and interactive challenges. They can engage in simple sorting and shape identification to more complex engineering obstacles like completing a train track with different levels of elevation. 

Thomas & Friends at Exploration PlaceThese interactive opportunities encourage asking questions, identifying problems, and designing creative solutions. A few of the STEM focused opportunities include:

  • Climbing in and exploring Thomas the Train’s inner workings 
  • Fixing Percy’s wobbly wheel by removing and replacing parts and experimenting with tool combinations
  • Moving and loading coal into Percy’s coal box and filling his tank with water from a water tower
  • Suiting up as a conductor and selling train tickets
  • And more!


Monday – Sunday: 10am-5pm
Thursdays: 10am-8pm


This exhibit for kids is included with regular admission. 
Members: Free
Adults (12-64): $12
Youth (3-11): $10
2 & Under: Free


Thomas and FriendsBe sure to check out the Exploration Place Memberships as they are a great value for local families. And we love memberships because you can use them for discounts or even free admission at other science museums around the country!

About Exploration Place

The mission of Exploration Place, Kansas’ premier science center, is to inspire a deeper interest in science and technology through creative and fun experiences for all. Exploration Place is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and through 8 p.m. on Thursday evenings. For more information, visit

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