Sensory-Friendly Saturday is an event designed for guests on the autism spectrum and with other sensory processing disorders. For this event, a variety of accommodations, activities and more have been put into place to create an inclusive, welcoming and safe space for our guests. Prior to this event, staff members of The Henry Ford participated in Michigan Autism Safety Training (MAST) provided by the Autism Alliance of Michigan to better understand the characteristics of autism and how to recognize and communicate with someone with autism.
The theme for Sensory-Friendly Saturday is Day Out With Thomas™.
- The Day Out With Thomas Depot Town activity area will open one hour early at 8:30am for Sensory-Friendly guests.
- 9:30 am ride on Thomas the Tank Engine exclusively for Sensory-Friendly Saturday guests. Day Out With Thomas™ tickets, in addition to Greenfield Village admission, are required to ride Thomas. Tickets for this ride are limited.
Contact the Call Center at 313-982-6001 for more information on our Sensory-Friendly Saturday experiences and ask about special discounts available for the day on Greenfield Village admission or membership.
Your experience includes
- A quiet area with activities for Day Out With Thomas™ available until 3:00 pm in Town Hall.
- An event map showing locations of loud sounds and of the day’s activities in Greenfield Village.
- A resource table staffed by the Autism Alliance of Michigan, until 10:30 am in the Josephine Ford Plaza at the entrance to Greenfield Village.
- Noise-cancelling headphones and earplugs available for guests to use.
- A social narrative created by the Autism Alliance of Michigan for Greenfield Village (PDF) and Day Out With Thomas™ (PDF) showing what families might see, hear, smell, taste, and touch.
Admission to Day Out With Thomas™ and Greenfield Village
|Adult (12 & up)||$11.75||$39.75|
|Children (1- 4)||$11.75||$11.75|
Parking is $6 per vehicle for nonmembers, free for members.
Tips and Policies
Day of Event Information
- What is Day Out with Thomas™?
- Day Out With Thomas™ is a family event that offers children and their grownups the opportunity to ride with classic storybook friend Thomas the Tank Engine™ at heritage railroads nationwide. Parents, grandparents and siblings join their aspiring engineers in the fun. The Day Out With Thomas experience will engineer miles of smiles for the whole family and introduce a new generation to the timeless excitement of railroading.
- Who is Thomas the Tank Engine™?
- Since Thomas the Tank Engine™ left the depot more than 60 years ago, this Really Useful Engine and his Island of Sodor friends have chugged their way into the hearts of preschoolers and grownups worldwide. Based on The Railway Series of classic stories authored by a father who loved trains and wanted a shared experience with his son, Thomas & Friends™ is a rite of passage that inspires the imagination while teaching the life lessons of friendship, exploration and cooperation.
- What are the appropriate ages for Day Out With Thomas™?
- Day Out With Thomas™ is a family event that welcomes passengers of all ages.
- Where is the event?
- Day Out With Thomas™ takes place in Greenfield Village, part of The Henry Ford. All rides are a roundtrip beginning at Smiths Creek Depot, about ¼ mile from the entrance of Greenfield Village. Please plan on getting to Smiths Creek at least 15 minutes before the departure time printed on your tickets. Smiths Creek is about a 20-minute walk from most parking areas.
- When is the event?
- The 2018 Day Out With Thomas™ Sensory-Friendly Saturday is May 5, 2018.
- When do tickets go on sale?
- March 7, 2018 for members of The Henry Ford and March 21, 2018 for non-members.
- How do I purchase tickets?
- Contact the Call Center at 313-982-6001
- Who needs tickets?
- Tickets are required for guests ages 1 and up.
- What is included in the ticket price?
- A ticket for Day Out With Thomas™ includes the train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, as well as a variety of Thomas & Friends themed entertainment, including Storytelling and Video Viewing, Temporary Tattoos of Island of Sodor friends, and an Imagination Station with arts & crafts and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt™, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor.
- Are discount tickets available?
- There are no discount tickets available for Day Out With Thomas™.
- How will I receive my tickets?
- If purchased two weeks or more in advance of the event, guests will receive their tickets in the mail. Guests who purchase tickets closer to the event date can pick up their tickets at Greenfield Village Will Call the day of the event.
- Are there any refunds?
- There will be no refunds or exchanges.
- Will Thomas the Tank Engine™ be there?
- Thomas the Tank Engine™ has traveled all the way from the Island of Sodor and has arrived right on time to take a ride with you and your family.
- Will Sir Topham Hatt™ be there?
- Yes, Sir Topham Hatt™ will take time away from his busy schedule as Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor to meet and take pictures with guests.
- Do you recommend purchasing tickets in advance?
- Due to the popularity of Day Out With Thomas™, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Events commonly sell out. When purchasing tickets you will be asked to select a specific date and time for your ride with Thomas. Your ticket is valid only for that date and time.
- What times do trains depart?
- Thomas the Tank Engine exclusively for Sensory-Friendly Saturday guests leaves at 9:30 am. Additional trains leave every ½ hour from Smiths Creek Depot beginning at 9:30am; last train departs at 4:30pm. Smiths Creek Depot is about a ¼ mile walk from the front entrance of Greenfield Village.
- When should we arrive for our train ride with Thomas?
- It is recommended that guests arrive at the event at least one hour before their scheduled departure. The line will begin ½ hour before each scheduled departure at Smiths Creek Station. Please plan on getting to Smiths Creek at least 15 minutes before the departure time printed on your tickets. Smiths Creek is about a 20-minute walk from most parking areas.
- Is there assigned seating on the train?
- There is open seating on each of the five open-sided cars. Seating is first come, first served for all scheduled departures.
- How long is the train ride?
- The ride is approximately 20 minutes and runs the entire perimeter of Greenfield Village.
- Are you limited to just one train ride?
- There is one train ride per ticket.
- Is there parking available on site?
- Plentiful parking is available. Please note that Smiths Creek Depot is a 20 minute walk from most parking areas.
- Is there an additional cost for parking?
- Nonmembers of The Henry Ford are charged a $6.00 parking fee per ticket order at the time of ticket purchase. Members park free.
- What if there is inclement weather?
- Day Out With Thomas events take place rain or shine.
- Are cameras allowed?
- Absolutely! Guests are encouraged to capture their Day Out With Thomas memories for their photo album. A professional photographer will also be on hand to take photos that will be available for purchase if so desired.
- Will there be food available?
- A variety of food and snacks is available at different food stalls, and restaurants throughout Greenfield Village, and within the Day Out With Thomas Activity area.
- Are strollers permitted?
- Day Out With Thomas is a family event that welcomes guests of all ages. There is even a designated area for “stroller parking” during the train ride.
- Is the event handicap accessible?
- A specially designed section of one of our railcars is available to accommodate a variety of wheelchairs and family members.
Program Tips & Accessibility Information (PDF)
- Are pets allowed?
- No pets are allowed at Day Out With Thomas.
Day Out With Thomas™
April 28-29, May 5-6, 12-13, 2018
During Thomas’ annual visit to Greenfield Village, enjoy six days of family fun and entertainment. Ride Thomas around the village and meet Sir Topham Hatt™ face-to-face. Advance tickets are strongly recommended.
Day Out With Thomas™
April 28-29, May 5-6, 12-13, 2018