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 8-10, 2016
The Kane County Farm Bureau’s annual Touch-a-Tractor event will be held on April 8, 9 and 10, 2016, 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. This is a free event. Here’s a link to the detailed Facebook invite.
April 9, 2016
The Downers Grove Park District, police and fire departments are hosting a “Passport to Safety and Wheely Big Trucks” event on Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m. 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.
April 16, 2016
The Glen Ellyn Park District is hosting a free Touch-a-Truck event on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will be held in the parking lot of Maryknoll Park at 845 Pershing Avenue in Glen Ellyn. New to the event this year will be a kiddie trackless train. Families may purchase a ride for $1 per person. Bring an aluminum can to see it get crushed at a streamroller demonstration at 11 a.m. Find more info here.
May 13, 2016
Batavia Park District’s annual Touch-a-Truck Day will be held on Friday, May 13, 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 20.
May 14, 2016
The Bloomingdale Park District is hosting a “Kite Fly and Touch-a-Truck” event on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a..m. to noon at Springfield Park, 269 Springfield Drive. Bring your own kites, or kites will be available to purchase. Area 51 Exotics will also be on site with its petting zoo including a monkey, chocolate skunk, savanna monitor and more.
May 21, 2016
Police cars will be on display Saturday, May 21, 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 4, 2016
The village of Hanover Park is sponsoring a Touch-a-Truck Festival on Saturday, June 4, 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.
The Wheaton Park District and Wheaton Chamber of Commerce are offering a “Mini Touch-a-Truck” event as part of their major Taste of Wheaton festival. The mini touch-a-truck event will include three or four vehicles and will be held on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of the “Art on Hale” activities on Hale Street. Other children’s activities in that area on Saturday, June 4, will include a DJ, tie dye, airbrush tattoos, balloon artists and a teddy bear check-up. You an find a detailed schedule and map here. Admission to the Taste of Wheaton is free.
The West Chicago Park District and West Chicago Police Department are holding a Touch a Truck on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. This is a free event being held in the Turtle Splash Water Park parking lot at 129 W. National Street. Vehicles expected to be present include a police car, fire truck and dump truck. Find more info here.
June 17, 2016
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 2016 would be June 17. Look for more details to be posted closer to the event.
July 3, 2016
The Plainfield Park District hosts a touch-a-truck as part of its “Patriotic Picnic and Fireworks” event on July 3. In addition to the touch-a-truck, this event will feature a bike parade, bike trike races, play zone, face painting, dance performance and retiring of the colors led by the American Legion. The event is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Plainfield Central High School, 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive. Look for more details to be posted closer to the date.
August 5-7, 2016
The 19th annual Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show is scheduled for Aug. 5-7, 2016, in a new location 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. 5. More details will be posted closer to the event on the Facebook page and the website at emergencyvehicleshow.com.
Sept. 4-6, 2016
Sept. 17, 2016
The St. Charles Park District is hosting its “Big Truck Show” on Saturday, Sept. 17, 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.
Sept. 24, 2016
The Sycamore Park District has scheduled its Touch-a-Truck event for Saturday, Sept. 24, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Farm & Fleet parking lot at 1300 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore. Kids can meet some of their favorite big and interesting vehicles. There will be demonstrations and giveaways, and Culver’s custard will be available to purchase.
Oct. 21, 2016
The Wheaton Park District offers a “Trunk or Treating” event as part of its Halloween Happening, scheduled this year for Friday, Oct. 21. You can expect vehicles like a police car, ambulance, fire truck, snow plow, backhoe and dump truck decorated in a variety of Halloween themes and complete with treats from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Rice Pool at 1777 S. Blanchard in Wheaton. This event is part of the larger Halloween Happening at the Wheaton Park District’s Community Center from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. featuring children’s Halloween games, a costume pageant with prizes, crafts, a Trick or Treat trail, concessions for sale and more. There is a small fee for some events or you can purchase a “Fun Pass” for $15 for residents or $17 for non-residents.
Oct. 22, 2016:
Yorkville’s Chamber of Commerce regularly features a Touch-a-Truck event as part of its “Biz Boo!” event, scheduled this year for Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Will be updated when details about the touch-a-truck portion are published.