Harry Hat Man and Red Robot return to Tweetsie

Article Published: May. 5, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Harry Hat Man and Red Robot return to Tweetsie

Right out of the United Kingdom, Letterland returns to Tweetsie Railroad May 10-12.

Photo by Jeff Eason

Explore the alphabet May 10, 11 and 12, when Tweetsie Railroad transforms into the magical world of Letterland.

Now in its fifth year, Tweetsie and the popular reading program have teamed up to celebrate students' learning achievements by bringing letters to life for an entertaining event for all ages.

Visitors to Tweetsie will have the chance to meet some of Letterland's favorite characters, including Clever Cat, Yellow Yo-Yo Man, Eddy Elephant, Harry Hat Man, Kicking King and Red Robot, just to name a few. In addition, guests can ride on Firefighter Fred's Ferris Wheel, Talking Tess's Train, explore Zig Zag Zebra's Zoo, and more.

While Tweetsie Railroad is known for its Wild West adventure and steam locomotives, Letterland is known for its child-friendly, multi-sensory approach phonics program successful in raising literacy standards among children in North Carolina and around the world.

In 2007, local reading specialist Kathy Oliver had the vision to bring Letterland to life for children in both their Letterland and phonics-related school lessons, and Tweetsie helped that vision come true.

This year, Letterland's managing director, Mark Wendon, his son, Tom Wendon, and Letterland's international teacher trainer, Lesley White, will be flying in from the United Kingdom to join the fun at Tweetsie during this special event.

As part of the park's continuing education efforts, Tweetsie visitors can experience the Learning Express, which will be offered on Fridays May 6, 13, 20 and 27, and again every Friday after Labor Day through Oct. 30 (Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30 and Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28).

The Learning Express provides a full day of fun at Tweetsie Railroad, including a ride on the Learning Express Train, which pulls out of Main Street several times daily. This special ride presents a unique opportunity for teachers and parents to make history, math and science memorable, exciting and fun. In addition, Tweetsie offers curriculum guides for parents and teachers at http://www.tweetsie.com.

Tweetsie Railroad is currently open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and will open seven days a week from May 27 until returning to the weekend schedule from Aug. 21 through Oct. 30, including Labor Day Monday. The 2011 season ends Sunday, Oct. 30. The park's regular hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but will be open until 9 p.m. on July 2, 4, 9 and 16 for Cool Summer Nights.

In addition, the park will be open at 8 a.m. both Saturdays (June 4 and 11) for the popular Day Out With Thomas event.

Daily admission is $34 for adults and $22 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free. Print at home tickets and Golden Rail Season Passes are available at http://www.tweetsie.com.

Tweetsie Railroad is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains on U.S. 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock. For more information about the 2011 season, visit http://www.tweetsie.com or call (877) TWEETSIE.

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