Kids love trains -- and Thomas the Tank Engine is adored by kids and adults alike. (Seriously. He is so cute, you will be tempted to pinch his little steam engine cheeks.) And for the next two weekends, you can ride the rails with Thomas himself. Day Out with Thomas brings a full-size Thomas train to Grapevine, offering 25-minute rides for parents and kids.
You need to purchase a train ticket for a specific time, but the Thomas folks recommend you show up an hour early. While you're waiting for your ride, take part in a festival at the Grapevine Vintage Railroad station, complete with storytelling, arts and crafts, and a visit from Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway.
Parents: Park free at the Grapevine Public Library (1201 Municipal Way) and take a shuttle to the event.