Updated for 2017
Mommas of truck lovers, If you’re looking for touch a truck events for kids near Tacoma, Federal Way, Bonney Lake, or anywhere close, you’re in luck! Here’s our touch-a-truck event round up for 2017.
At these popular events kids have the opportunity to get up close and personal with vehicles like dump trucks, fire trucks, and more! There are also usually demonstrations such as the Jaws of Life and Swat TEAM vehicle robots. Kids can climb in and around the big rigs and usually get to sound the horns, too! Look for a, “No horns,” time if you have a kiddo with sensory issues.
Saturday, May 20, 11:00am-2:00pm
free, fun family event to get up close and personal with the vehicles and equipment that build, serve and protect our community with pride. This event will put your child’s imagination in gear as they honk, toot, and climb aboard their favorite vehicles. RAIN OR SHINE!
-Federal Way Public Works trucks
-Federal Way Parks & Recreation equipment
-Exhibitors & Demos
-American Cancer Society CAR SMASH fundraiser (bring cash for smash!)
Located at the former Target parking lot, next to the future Performing Arts & Events Center. Event is from 11am-2pm, no horns 11am-Noon no horns for sensory-sensitive children.
June 3rd and 4th 11AM-4
This is a ticketed event, but boy does it look fun. Kids get to drive bulldozers! It’s at the fairgrounds in Puyallup. Adults are 10.00 and kids two and up are 8.00 with advance purchase (3.00 more day of). There are also educational activities and most of the event is free once you’re in! We don’t have a lot of other scoop on this one, but readers who went last year said it was a lot of fun.
Saturday, July 29th, 2017 9AM-1PM Horns free hour 9AM-10AM
Westfield Southcenter South Parking Lot
This awesome event will put kids in the driver’s seat of Tukwila’s biggest heavy-duty rigs and it also includes a safety and emergency preparedness fair! Children of all ages (and adults too) will have a hands-on chance to honk the horns and kick the tires of an assortment of big rigs. A variety of exhibitors will also be on hand to distribute free summer safety tips as well as emergency preparedness information.
Bonney Lake hosts their Touch a Truck event on National Night Out. Kids can climb in a variety of vehicles and meet McGruff and Sparky. Community leaders will also be on hand, and there will be a movie (TBA) at dusk.
Saturday, September 9, 10:00am-1:00pm
Explore fire engines, dump trucks, tractors, military vehicles, school buses, and more! There will also be a mobile shredder unit on hand to shred personal documents. A special no horns time will be held from 12:00pm-1:00pm for sensory sensitive children.
There will NOT be an event put on by the City of Tacoma this year. City staff confirmed to me that while it was a popular event it’s not in this year’s budget. Hopefully, they’ll bring it back!
If you know of another Touch-A-Truck not on our list, do leave a comment and let us know! If you’ve gone to any of these and have a review or tip, we love those, too!