Celebrate Thomas the Train’s Birthday
Thomas & Friends is a British-American children’s television series, based on The Railway Series books by Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son, Christopher, which were first published in 1945. The stories follow the adventures of locomotives and road vehicles living on the Island of Sodor, and the popular brand turns 75 on May 12. Celebrate all month with these six activities and products.
Watch the animated children’s series on Netflix. New this month, watch Thomas & Friends: Marvelous Machinery: World of Tomorrow, where Thomas and the gang worry they’ll be replaced by new inventions, and Thomas & Friends: Marvelous Machinery: A New Arrival, where the friends prepare for a technology fair. See the gang visit London and race to a royal celebration in Thomas & Friends: Thomas and the Royal Engine.
Throw a dance party with the kids and listen to Thomas’ new birthday album with three new celebration-themed songs. The brand is also launching more than 50 more new songs throughout the year, with accompanying music videos on YouTube.
Starting May 12, kids can tune in and listen to a podcast created just for them. Each week, 46 stories will be released, including origin stories of favorite characters, versions of fairy tales and adaptations of previous television episodes and books. Each episode ranges from 5-10 minutes in length and will be available on all major podcast platforms.
Have a virtual playdate, and watch singer, actor and father Kevin Jonas read classic Thomas & Friends books in this team up with Mattel and video app Caribu. New videos will be released each week throughout the month of May. Episodes are free for the month of May.
Thomas & Friends Adventures! Birthday Bonanza App
On May 19, the Adventure! app will release a birthday edition, so kids can celebrate 75 years of Thomas the Train, while discovering the world, building custom tracks and racing. Available in the Apple App and Google Play stores.
Wind down each night with special themed sleep stories and guided meditations on Calm, the app for sleep, meditation and relaxation. Kids and families will enjoy a new, immersive way to engage with Thomas & Friends through mindfulness. The content will be available for free for the month of May on the app.