It seems like every child at some point goes through that adorable Thomas the Train phase. My two-year-old is going through this now – but have you seen the price of the train tracks and trains?! Here I have rounded up a list of places that your Thomas lover can play with a train table for FREE. Your wallet will thank me later.
Barnes and Noble Bookstores
720 Hawthorne Center Vernon Hills, IL
20600 North Rand Road Deer Park, IL
920 N. Milwaukee Avenue Lincolnshire, IL
728 North Waukegan Road Deerfield, IL
Everyday 9:00 am – 10:00pm
Kick back with your Starbucks from the Barnes & Noble cafe while your child plays with the train table in the children’s book section.
Fremont Public Library
1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein, IL
Second Saturday of every month from 10:00-4:30pm
While there is no train table, your child can build their own trainscapes with their tracks in the youth services room. Then you can go upstairs to see the model train run.
Kohl Children’s Museum
2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview, IL
Mondays 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays 12:00-5:00pm
Admission is 11 dollars for children and adults. However, the train table is free with admission. Their train table is neat as it has circles cut out in the middle so your child can stand in there and be able to reach all of the tracks. There are plenty of benches nearby for adults to sit on. Every time I have gone there has also been plenty of trains for everyone who wants to play.
Learning Express Toys
315 South Rand Road Lake Zurich IL
Let them play while you shop!
Toys R Us5555 Town Line Road, Vernon Hills, IL
10:00 am – 9:00pm
Hidden in the Lego aisle is a Thomas train table for all to play with. If it’s out of trains tell the employee and they will bring out new ones. The only downside to this location is there is no place for adults to sit while your children play.
I don’t know if it’s permanent or just during the renovation but the Grayslake Area Public Library has moved its train table back to where the other toys and books are – away from the stairs! Yeah! Head over there any day to play but be aware, unlike the others these tracks aren’t attached to the table so you may need to do some construction.
Which place is your favorite place to get your little ones Thomas the Train fix?