Touch-a-Truck events are always popular, especially with families who might have a kiddo or two who loves big machinery. Please follow the links for exact details, including time and location, for these events. If you know of some that should be listed here, please place in the comments or write to editor(at)gowestyoungmom.com.
April 7-9, 2017
The Kane County Farm Bureau’s annual Touch-a-Tractor event will be held on April 7, 8 and 9, at the farm bureau’s location at 2N710 Randall Road in St. Charles (near Costco). The hours are from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. There will be antique tractors, modern farm equipment and activities for kids including pedal tractors, a farm zoo, farm-themed movies, balloon animals and more. The admission fee for this is a suggested $2 per adult or $5 per family. Here’s a link to the detailed Facebook invite.
April 8, 2017
The Downers Grove Park District, police and fire departments are hosting a “Passport to Safety and Wheely Big Trucks” event on Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. Each child will receive a passport at the beginning of the event and use it to meet local safety personnel and learn important tips to keep you safe in and around your home. Afterwards, head outside to touch, see and explore trucks and vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Find more info here.
May 1, 2017
The Naperville Park District Wonderful’s World of Wheels will be held Monday, May, 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Whole Foods Naperville Parking Lot, 2607 West 75th Street. Preschoolers ages 1-5 will have an opportunity to see, touch and experience a variety of community vehicles! They’ll see vehicles such as a police car, fire truck, tractor and many more! Kids also will meet the community helpers who drive them. Parents, don’t forget your cameras! This event is free; there is no raindate.
May 6, 2017
The Glen Ellyn Park District is hosting a free Touch-a-Truck event on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The event will be held in the parking lot of Maryknoll Park at 845 Pershing Avenue in Glen Ellyn. New this year will be a “horn-free hour” from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for those with sensitive ears or who don’t like loud noises. Note that parking at Maryknoll Park is extremely limited; additional parking is available at Roosevelt Glen Corporate Center at 799 Roosevelt Road. Find more info here.
May 12, 2017
Batavia Park District’s annual Touch-a-Truck Day will be held on Friday, May 12, at 10:30 a.m. at the Eastside Community Center parking lot. This is a free event. Vehicles could include a fire truck, tractor, dump truck, bus, limo, police car and more. The rain day is Friday, May 19. Find more info here.
May 20, 2017
The Bloomingdale Park District is hosting a “Kite Fly and Touch-a-Truck” event on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a..m. to noon at Springfield Park, 269 Springfield Drive. Bring your own kites, or kites will be available to purchase. Find more info on Page 15 of the Summer Brochure.
Police cars will be on display Saturday, May 20, at “Just Play!” a sports and recreation festival put together by the Carol Stream Park District. The cars will be displayed in the public safety zone, and the festival is being held at the Ross Ferraro Town Center, at the junction of Gary Avenue and Lies Road in Carol Stream, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free to “Just Play!” which will offer dozens of activities to thousands of participants.
June 3, 2017
The West Chicago Park District is holding its free touch-a-truck event on Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the parking lot of the Turtle Splash Water Park at 129 N. National Street. Your kids will get the experience of sitting in a fire truck, dump truck and/or police car. New this year will be child carseat check-ups, too. Event details here.
The village of Hanover Park is sponsoring a Touch-a-Truck Festival on Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Metra Station Parking Lot at Barrington Road and Lake Street. Expect to see vehicles from the police, fire and public works departments. There is no fee to attend this event. Find more info about half-day down on this page.
June 16, 2017
PrairieFest, put on by the Oswegoland Park District, traditionally offers a “Wheels Go ‘Round” event during which “little-size kids can meet big-size vehicles” on the Friday of the festival, which in 2017 would be June 16. Look for more details to be posted closer to the event.
August 4-5, 2017
The 20th annual Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show is scheduled for Aug. 5, 2017, in Oswego, and it is a great opportunity to see all sorts of vehicles up close. There is also a “Lights and Sirens Parade” that kicks off the event on Friday, Aug. 4. More details will be posted closer to the event on the Facebook page and the website at emergencyvehicleshow.com.
Sept. 1-3, 2017
Sept. 16, 2017
The St. Charles Park District is hosting its “Big Truck Show” on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at James O. Breen Community Park, at the corner of Peck and Campton Hills Roads. There will be trucks, cars and tractors, and representatives will be on hand to offer “tours” and answer questions about the equipment. This is a free event.