It’s time to steer yourself to north Fresno for the 4th Annual Touch-A-Truck event. Held at New Covenant Community Church on Nees Ave., this event brings cars, trucks, and machinery that moves to one spot. The best part? You get to touch them all!
The Touch-A-Truck event is free and fun for all ages. I visited last year on a whim and my kids had a blast. I was amazed at the sheer quantity of vehicles. It wasn’t even possible for us to see them all before the kids got tired. If it has a gas pedal, you’ll find it at this event.
School buses, armored vehicles, garbage trucks, police motorcycles and more fill the parking lot. The sound of loud and enthusiastic honking fills the air. Police sirens wail and lights flash. It’s a truck dance party for kids of all ages. In fact, it’s so loud you can check out headsets to muffle the noise. Just imagine every car, truck, and bus ever created being manned by a bunch of preschoolers. BEEP!
One of the best parts is meeting the people who drive the vehicles. It’s not enough to sit on a police motorcycle, add a visit with a police officer AND a shiny badge sticker. What more could you want? It was great fun for me to see my kids meet their heroes (police officers, firemen, garbage truck drivers, etc.) and crawl around in the trucks they admire. They’re at an age where they still watch for the garbage truck every week and stop everything to admire the garbage-collecting mechanical miracle from the window. Stepping into a real garbage truck gave them a huge thrill.
Bonus: if you’re like me you’ll want food, and there’s a truck for that, as well. The food truck scene at Touch-A-Truck is abundant. You can make it a lunch date, and follow your meal up with a sucker (there’s lots of free candy).
Aside from the vehicle free-for-all, there are additional activities for kids, including bounce houses, a scavenger hunt, and a prize wheel. It’s a great way to connect with the community, celebrate the helpers in the Valley, and get hands-on experience with the machines that make our city run smoothly.
If you want to spend a happy afternoon visiting dump trucks and street sweepers (AND MORE), head to Touch-A-Truck. I highly recommend it, especially if you have kids. It’s a community event that’s noisy fun for everyone. (Pro tip: To avoid crowds, get there early.)
The 4th Annual Touch-A-Truck event will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Covenant Community Church, 1744 E. Nees Ave., Fresno.
You can find out more on the Touch-A-Truck Facebook event page here, or by visiting the New Covenant Community Church website here. You can also follow the fun on Instagram @TouchATruck_Fresno. Additionally, if you would like to volunteer or bring a truck there is still time to sign up. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started with that process.
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