Ever since my son was able to talk, he has told everyone who will listen that he is going to drive a rainbow colored tow truck when he is older. Unfortunately for him (but very fortunate for me) he still has 12 more years until he can get his drivers license. However, he doesn’t have to wait entirely that long to honk the horn and sit in the drivers seat of his beloved tow truck. Many towns in Lake County offer touch-a-truck events where kids can climb aboard big rigs. I have rounded up some upcoming touch-a-truck events to make your little trucker happy.
Lindenhurst Park District Touch-A-Truck
Saturday, August 27, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Rain or shine.
Lindenhurst Park District Community Center Parking Lot, 2200 Grass Lake Road, Lindenhurst
Truck lovers rejoice! Kids of all ages are welcome to see, climb, and explore all kinds of vehicles at the Lindenhurst Park District center. There will be dump trucks, fire engines, police vehicles, garbage trucks, caboose float cars, and tractors.
Law Enforcement Expo
Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills
If your child dreams of chasing bad guys, flying helicopters, and blaring police sirens, this is the event for you. Hosted by local police departments, your child can climb aboard police cars, watch police demonstrations, and even hop on a helicopter after watching the landing.
Hawthorn Woods Fall Family Fun Fest
Saturday, September 10, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center, 94 Midlothian Rd., Hawthorn Woods
This free community event includes a variety of activities for children and families including touch a truck, mini train rides, and arts and crafts.
Saturday, September 10, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Road, Highland Park
Rev up your imagination and meet your hometown heroes! Climb into the coolest trucks, tractors, cars, helicopters, and more and check out the view from the drivers’ seat! Tasty treats will be available for purchase.
Friday, September 16, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hunt Club Parking lot, 920 Hunt Club Rd., Gurnee
See vehicles from Gurnee Park District, Gurnee Public Works, Gurnee Police Department, Gurnee Fire Department, Warren Township, Warren Newport Public Library, Wildwood Towing, Burris Equipment and many more.
Public Safety Open House
Saturday, September 17, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
45 E. Center Ave., Lake Bluff
Enjoy safety demonstrations, a safety vehicle showcase and family fun. For more information contact Nancy Gusterine at 847-234-5158.
Avon Township 7th Annual Touch a Truck
Saturday September 24, 1:00 -4:00 p.m.
Avon Township Center, 427 E Washington St., Round Lake Park
Come aboard police cars, fire trucks, parks equipment, tractors, and more.There will be free coloring books and crayons for the first 50 kids. In addition there will be free pumpkins, hotdogs, water, and snacks for all.
Farmers Market Harvest Fest / Touch a Truck
Saturday, September 24, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Metra Commuter Lot, Deerfield Road and Robert York Ave., Deerfield
In addition to all the wonderful fruit, vegetable, plants, flowers and specialty foods for sale, there will be kids’ activities, balloons, face painting, great prizes and more, including a Touch-A-Truck event. Fire trucks, military vehicles, snow plows and more will be on site for hands-on fun.
Saturday, October 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Rd., Glencoe
See, touch and explore a variety of trucks and vehicles. Get up close and personal with a firetruck, tractor, police car, ambulance, and garbage truck. Vehicles are subject to availability. Be prepared for truckloads of fun!
Sunday, October 2, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
26725 W. Molidor Rd, Ingleside
The Grant Township Highway Department will host a free Touch-A-Truck event. The Fox Lake Fire Protection District will have an emergency vehicle display and demonstration for all to enjoy. In addition, there will be inflatables, pony rides from Patch 22, a pie eating contest, hay rides, and a pumpkin decorating contest.
Trucks, Trunks, and Treats
Saturday, October 8, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Family Aquatic Center, 635 N. Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills
$2 admission, children under 2 are free.
Vernon Hills takes a traditional touch-a-truck event, added a hint of Halloween, a whole lotta trucks! Be sure to wear your favorite Halloween costume to this exciting event! We’ll have huge trucks, tiny cars and all things in-between! Bring your trick-or-treat bags too, because the operators of each vehicle will have candy and other treats available for you. Be sure to stick around and hop aboard our hayride, or jump around in our bounce house. Food will be available for purchase. Tickets will go on sale for residents on August 9 and August 16 for non-residents. Purchase tickets online or in-person. Note: This event will be cancelled in case of inclement weather.
Pancake Breakfast & Open House
Sunday, October 9th, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Countryside Fire Protection District Firehouse, 600 Deerpath Dr., Vernon Hills
Cost: $15 per family
Come out to the Countryside Fire Department for an all you can eat pancake breakfast followed by an open house. The fire station will be open to the public for station tours, sitting in the fire trucks and plenty of safety information exhibits will be set up with handouts for all that attend. What’s more, Record a Hit will have an inflatable crawl through fire truck for the children to practice in, Batteries Plus will be giving away batteries for smoke alarms, and our local Mark Havlic & Associtaes Allstate Insurance will be one hand to help promote “Be Cool About Fire Safety”–all this and much more!
Cook Library’s 15th Annual Touch-the-Trucks
October 15, Quiet Touch-the-Trucks from 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Traditional Touch-the-Trucks from 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cook Memorial Public Library, Church Street between Brainerd and Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville
Touch the Trucks celebrates it’s 15th anniversary this day. Church Street will be closed so you and your young ones can explore community service vehicles and meet their friendly drivers. Climb aboard a fire truck, a high-reaching cherry picker, the library’s own Bookmobile, and more. New this year: “QUIET Touch the Trucks.” For the first 45 minutes, 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., there will be no sirens, horns, bells, whistles, or buzzers. Those who are scared or bothered by loud noises can enjoy this annual event without the noise. Also plan to visit Pumpkin Fest in Cook Park, sponsored by the Junior Woman’s Club of Libertyville and local Rotary clubs. Bring a canned food item for donation. This is a drop-in event; no registration required, and the event will be held rain or shine.
What truck are you most looking forward to seeing?