Fall Touch-a-Truck Events in Lake County

My kids love trucks and large vehicles. Even my girls delight in climbing a board a firetruck and meeting the firefighters. Many towns in Lake County offer touch-a-truck events where kids can climb aboard big rigs and meet the drivers, we have rounded up the fall touch-a-truck events to make your little trucker happy.

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Fall Touch-a-Truck Events in Lake County

Village of Vernon Hills Public Works Open House
Wednesday August 30,
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Village of Vernon Hills Public Works, 490 Greenleaf Drive, Vernon Hills
This is a family event featuring trucks and equipment, actvities, give-aways, and food. Read about why Melissa says this is their favorite touch a truck.

Law Enforcement Expo
Saturday, September 9
and Sunday, September 10 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.

Mundelein Fire Department Open House
Sunday, September 10 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Mundelein Fire Department,1000 North Midlothian Rd., Mundelein
The Mundelein Fire Department will be hosting their Open House on Sunday September 10th from 10 am till 1 pm. Some of the demonstartions will be vehicle extrication, side by side burns showing the benefits of home sprinkler systems, Flight for Life helicopter, and much more!


Photo Source: Gurnee Park District Facebook page
Photo Source: Gurnee Park District Facebook page

Touch-a Truck
Friday, September 15
, 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.

Saturday, September 16
, 10:00 a.m. – 12;00 p.m.
Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Road, Highland Park
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.

Kiss- Kids Identification & Safety Seat |
Saturday, September 16, 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
Lake Forest Oasis, Lake Forest
The Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 host this free Kid’s Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday September 16. Attendees receive: free identification cards for children ages three and older; child safety seat inspections and installations. Touch-a-truck display featuring hands-on exploration of a Tollway H.E.L.P. truck, snowplow, Illinois State Police vehicles and free giveaways.

Farmer’s Market Harvest Fest & Touch a Truck 

Saturday, September 23, 9:00 a.m. – 12;00 p.m.
Deerfield Road & Robert York Avenue , Deerfield
Purchase fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers and specialty foods. Bring the kids for activities, balloons, face painting, great prizes, as well as a Touch-a-Truck event. Fire truck, military vehicles, snow plows and more will be on site for hands-on fun.


Fall Festival
Sunday, October 1, 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.

Photo Source: Vernon Hills Park District Facebook Page.
Photo Source: Vernon Hills Park District Facebook Page.

Cook Library’s 15th Annual Touch-the-Trucks
October 14,
Quiet Touch-the-Trucks from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 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. “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.

Touch a Truck
November 18,  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Rule Park, Wildwood
Climb aboard police cars, firetrucks, park district vehicles, and more. Food will be available for purchase.

What truck are you most looking forward to seeing?


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Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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