Thomas the Tank Engine is welcoming children with sensory processing difficulties to enjoy an afternoon of fun at The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich, early next year.

Held on Tuesday 12 January, the sensory friendly day out with Thomas event has been developed with the guidance of Autism Queensland to create a quieter version of the popular Day out with Thomas experience, suitable for little fans to enjoy hands-on activities in a comfortable environment.

Queensland Museum Network CEO, Professor Suzanne Miller says the event follows the success of similar events at Queensland Museum’s Sciencentre at South Bank.

“We’re proud to be working with Autism Queensland to ensure our operational exhibits are modified to suit the needs of children with sensory processing difficulties,” she says.

Held from 1pm to 4pm, the event will be packed with things to see and do for the whole family to enjoy, including model railways and restored carriages, story time with The Fat Controller and Thomas, dressing up as a magician and doing magic tricks, miniature train rides around the museum and heaps more.

Autism Queensland CEO, Rod Cameron says the size of The Workshops Rail Museum and exhibit design works well for those families whose children struggle with crowds.

“Thomas should be a wonderful experience for the families who participate in this special event,” he says.

“The kids can have a great day out and their parents can connect with others who experience similar challenges.”

Sensory Friendly Day out with Thomas will be held on Tuesday 12 January at The Workshops Rail Museum on North Street in North Ipswich.

For tickets visit or for more information call 3432 5100.