Young fans of Thomas and Friends will be able to meet the famous engine and race round his themed inflatable play station when it comes to Toys R Us in Croydon in August.

Little ones will need to work together to complete the course on August 28, which includes a maze and the chance to build a 3D engine by completing a puzzle.

Motion technology means they will need to get moving and grooving to reveal the hidden images on a screen before they walk through Tidmouth Sheds to see if they can spot any useful engines.

The Steamworks Jungle Gym allows the children to climb stairs to meet the Fat Controller before exiting via the slide or a fireman’s pole.

At the end, they will get a free gift and a photo opportunity on the winner’s podium.

The big blue number one engine, Thomas himself, will be there to meet youngsters who can then dive into the coal pit to hunt for hidden treasure.

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