Touch-A-Truck and More: Twin Cities Public Works Open House Calendar

Touch A Truck Calendar for the Twin Cities Minnesota Metro Area

Got kids who are just crazy about getting up close to big rigs? Good news! Your Modern Family recently shared their research on why this obsession makes kids smarter! Our calendar of Twin Cities Touch-A-Truck events and Public Works Open Houses will help you find them!

While amount of access and type of vehicle offered can vary from event to event, children of all ages can expect the chance to climb into vehicles like:

  • Tow trucks
  • Snowplows
  • Tractors
  • Utilities
  • Ambulances
  • Police cars, and
  • Rescue vehicles.

Participants can often sit behind the wheel of a fire truck and learn about the equipment from real firefighters. Guests sometimes even have permission honk the truck’s horn or listen to the sirens.

 If you know of an event where kids can get up close to vehicles of all shapes and sizes, let us know in the comments or send us an email and we’ll add it.

Got kids who are just crazy about getting up close to big rigs? Our calendar of Twin Cities Touch-A-Truck events and Public Works Open Houses will help you find them!While there are free touch-a-truck event opportunities throughout the year, the best times to find opportunities are in May, during National Public Works Week, and in October, during Fire Prevention Month. Because it is easier to offer these events outdoors, April through October naturally have more opportunities than winter months.

Fall 2022 Twin Cities Touch-a-Truck Events

Usually a vehicle fair is a free event, but we do sometimes share fun splurge big-truck events where there is an admission charge for attendance and a ticket holder gets a special experience. In those cases, we will list the price for individual tickets and any family deals.

September Touch-a-Truck Events

Moore Lake Park Open House

Location: 5890 Central Avenue Northeast, Northeast Minneapolis, Fridley, MN 55432
Kids can participate in a touch-a-truck, games, bikes, inflatables and a fishing demo, while parents have a chance to view and provide feedback on planned updates to the park. September 10, 2022, 10am-10pm.

Lake Harriet Trucksploration

Lake Harriet Upper Elementary School, 4912 Vincent Avenue Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55410
Climb up in a fire engine, snowplow or helicopter. Meet a police officer or firefighter. Fire helmets for the first 150 children. Concessions available for purchase. September 24, 12-3pm, FREE.

St Louis Park Fire Department Open House

Location: St. Louis Park Fire Department – Fire Station 1, 3750 Wooddale Ave S, St Louis Park, MN 55416
This annual open house features kid-friendly activities, including Sparky the Fire Dog and a squirt house, along with fire truck displays. There will be Hot dogs, chips, cookies and water available. September 13, 2022, 5pm-8pm.

Big Truck Day

Location: R.H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Pl, Woodbury, MN 55125, USA
Vehicles like an ambulance, fire truck, garbage truck ad more will be on the Central park Patio. Teddy Bear Band will play from 9am-11am. Free. Drop In. Saturday, September 24, 2022, 9am-12pm.

Community Chili Cook-Off

Location: Faith Church Minnetonka, 12007 Excelsior Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55343, USA
Admission includes police squad and fire truck displays as well as chili tasting, live music, games and Sparky the Fire Dog. Saturday, September 24, 2022, 11am-2pm. $5/pp. Food shelf donations welcome.

Chanhassen Fire Department Open House

Location: Chanhassen Fire Station, 7610 Laredo Drive, Chanhassen, MN 55317
Kids can see firetrucks, try out a fire-fighter obstacle course, play in a bounce house and watch demos. Snacks, ice cream and drinks available. Monday, September 26, 2022, 6pm-8:30pm.

Family Storytime: Special Guest Lake Johanna Fire Department

Location: Shoreview Library, 4560 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126
Join Ramsey County Library & Lake Johanna Lake Fire Department for a special Fire Safety Storytime. Learn about fire safety, meet a firefighter, and explore a fire truck! Recommended for kids ages 2-5. Free. Drop In. Monday, September 26, 2022; 10:30am-11am and Tuesday, September 27, 2022; 6pm-6:30pm

October Touch-a-Truck Events

Shoreview Touch-A-Truck

Location: Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St N Shoreview, MN 55126
Kids can climb into a snowplow, dump truck, and other vehicles. Lower level parking lot. Free. Drop In. October 1, 2022, 9am-12pm.

St. Anthony Fire Department Open House

Location: St. Anthony Fire Station, 3505 Silver Lake Road, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Tour the fire trucks and meet real live firefighters along with other special fire-safety activities. Free. Drop In. October 1, 2022, 1pm-4pm.

Excelsior Fire District Open House: October

Location: 24100 Smithtown Rd, Shorewood, MN 55331
Take a ride on a fire truck!!! In addition, families can participate in activities, watch demonstrations and see displays related to fire safety. October 6, 2022; Time TBA (last year was 5:30pm -8pm)

Fridley Fire Open House

Location: 7071 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55432
Take a vehicle tour while learning fire safety. Visitors will also meet firefighters and see the new fire station and firefighting equipment. Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022; 10am-2pm.

Eden Prairie City-Wide Open House

Location: Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55344
Check out city vehicles and equipment along with exhibits and demonstrations. Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021; 11 am-2 pm.

Minnetonka’s 2022 Open House

Location: Central Fire Station, 14550 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka, Minnesota 55345
Go on a fire truck ride, explore the Central Fire Station and view interactive demonstrations. FREE. Drop In. Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022; 5-8 pm.

Burnsville Fire Department Open House

Location: Fire Station No. 1, 1427t Newton Avenue, Burnsville, MN 55337
Tour fire engines and ambulances, meet firefighters and learn how to create an escape plan for your home. Thursday, Oct. 13; 5:30-7:30pm.

Special Family Storytime: Meet A Fire Truck!

Location: White Bear Lake Library, 2150 2nd Street, White Bear Lake Minnesota 55110
This story time will feature the White Bear Lake Fire Department. Kids can meet a firefighter, explore a fire truck and learn about fire safety. Best for ages 2-5. Free. Drop In. October 14, 2022, 10:30am-11am.

Champlin Police and Fire Open House

Location: 11955 Champlin Dr, Champlin, MN 55316-2379
Besides the chance to look inside squad cars and fire trucks, kids can color a picture for Champlin police to share on Facebook, families can watch demonstrations and tour the jail. Food trucks onsite. Free. Drop In. Saturday, October 15, 2022; 10am-2pm

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HEAVY METAL DINE-IN / EXTREME SANDBOX

From the creators of Extreme Sandbox, families can now visit the “Heavy Metal Dine-In”.  This interactive outdoor event pairs food trucks with the opportunity to see and even operate real construction equipment. There are mini excavators available for younger construction enthusiasts and adults can try their hand at the real thing. Tickets to visit are an affordable $7.50 with add-ons ranging from $10-$40.  Food is purchased at the show from the vendors.

2022 Shows include the following dates, all from 4pm-8pm:

  • June 25th
  • July 9th
  • July 16th
  • August 13th
  • August 27th

Find Tickets Here.

AN ANYTIME TOUCH-A-TRUCK OPPORTUNITY

If you have never visited the Firefighters Hall and Museum in Minneapolis, this is a great place to climb on Fire Trucks any weekend. In the summer months, you may even get a chance to go for a ride! Open 2nd & 4th Saturdays of Every Month, 9am-4pm.

Collage of children exploring interactive children's exhibit at the Minnesota Fire Museum in Minneapolis, MN

Check back regularly for this year’s touch a truck events! We’ll list them as we learn of them.


Past Twin Cities Touch-a-Truck Events to Watch for Next year

VEHICLE DAY

Southdale Center Parking Lot, 10 Southdale Center, Edina, MN 55435-2402
Dump trucks, construction equipment, police cars, firetrucks and a variety of other large vehicles will be open to climb aboard in the mall parking lot. May 21, 2022, 10am-12pm.

COON RAPIDS PUBLIC WORKS OPEN HOUSE

1831 111th Ave. NW, Coon Rapids MN
Take a tour of the Public Works facility and check out snowplows, tractors and other big rigs. Kids can learn about the city’s Recycling Center and other community services. May 21, 2022, 10am-12pm.

ARDEN HILLS TOUCH-A-TRUCK

Perry Park, 3700 New Brighton Road, Arden Hills, MN 55112
Got kids who are just crazy about getting up close to big rigs? Celebrate National Public Works Week in Arden Hills by getting a close-up look at some of your favorite vehicles, including a fire engine, squad car, boat, snowplow, and more. May 21, 2022, from 10am-1pm.

June

Crystal Vehicle Fair

Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive North, Crystal, MN 55429
The fair will display trucks and cars for kids and families to explore. Bring a camera for photo opportunities. FREE event, but food shelf donations will be accepted. Saturday, June 4, 2022; 10am-Noon.

Linwood Vehicle Fair

Linwood Recreation Center, 860 St. Clair Avenue, Saint Paul, MN, 55105
Walk the park to see a variety of vehicles. Concessions available to purchase. Wednesday, June 14, 2022; 5pm-7pm.

Maplewood Celebrate Summer Touch-a-Truck Event

2100 White Bear Avenue, Maplewood MN
Get close to police cars, firetrucks, garbage trucks, snow plows and more favorites plus the event includes activity stations, free hot dogs and chips – all free. June 15, 6-7:30pm.

Albertville Touch-A-Truck

Albertville Premium Outlets, 6415 Labeaux Ave NE Albertville, MN 55301
See school buses, a squad car and its K9 companion, a truck and trailer, a pay loader, a fire truck and an RV at this annual event. June 18, 2022, 10am-12pm.

Mighty Machines at Dakota County Libraries

Farmington Library , 508 Third St. Farmington, MN 55024
Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave. Apple Valley, MN 55124
Heritage Library, 20085 Heritage Drive Lakeville, MN 55044
Inver Glen Library, 8098 Blaine Avenue Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Kids can climb inside and explore trucks, vehicles and other machines from Dakota County’s fleet. FREE touch-a-truck event. Drop in your favorite branch during these times:

  • Farmington Library – Thursday, June 16, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
  • ​Heritage Library – Tuesday, June 21, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
  • ​Inver Glen Library – Thursday, June 23, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
  • ​Galaxie Library – Thursday, June 30, 9:30–11:30 am

Lil’ Sparkler Family Night

Richfield Bandshell, 636 E 66th St, Richfield, MN 55423, USA
Richfield Police, Fire and Public Works vehicles will be on display during this Independence Day event. Other family fun this night includes food vendors, a kidsdance, breakdancing demos, screening of Encanto and a Laser Light Show at dusk. July 1, 2022, 5:30-6:30pm.

July

Robbinsdale Whiz Bang Days Ice Cream Social & Vehicle Fair

Citizens Independent Bank, 3700 W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Free Johnny Pops, face painting and live music to enjoy PLUS the vehicles your kids want to explore: an ambulance, police car and fire truck.
July 7, 2022, 4-6pm.

Mighty Machines at Dakota County Libraries

Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 South Frontage Rd. Hastings, MN 55033
Wentworth Library, 199 East Wentworth Ave, West St. Paul, MN 55118
Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan MN 55123-1029
Kids can climb inside and explore trucks, vehicles and other machines from Dakota County’s fleet. FREE touch-a-truck event. Drop in your favorite branch during these times:

  • ​Pleasant Hill Library – Monday, July 11, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
  • ​Wentworth Library – Thursday, July 14, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
  • ​​Wescott Library – Thursday, July 21, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Fete des Lacs Public Safety Night / Touch-A-Truck

St. Genevieve Parish Community Center, 6995 Centerville Rd, Centerville, MN 55038
Besides the touch-a-truck, families can watch K-9 unit demonstrations, see a helicopter land and get a free first aid kit. July 13, 2022, 6pm-8pm. 

Victoria Truck Rodeo

Victoria Recreation Center, 8475 Kochia Lane, Victoria MN 55386
Get close to the big trucks and machinery that keep the city running smoothly. FREE event. July 21, 2022, 6-8pm.

Lake Johanna Fire Department Open House

Lake Johanna Fire Department, 3615 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126
The exciting chance to see the fire trucks up close is part of Slice of Shoreview, the community’s annual summer festival. July 23, 2022, 12-6pm.

August

Big Trucks & Cool Stuff

Event: Public Works Yard, 11955 Champlin Drive, Champlin, MN 55316
Parking: Champlin Ice Forum, 12165 Ensign Ave N, Champlin, MN 55316
Get up close and personal with the Public Works vehicles. Sit in a plow truck, front end loader, one-ton, water truck, tandem axel and more! This free community event is open to all ages. The Public Works Yard is located behind City Hall. Park at the Ice Forum. August 4, 2022, 4pm-7pm.

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4 thoughts on “Touch-A-Truck and More: Twin Cities Public Works Open House Calendar”

  1. I’m satisfied reading your article , it was very interesting and informative .
    I appreciated your blog i gained a lot of knowledge from your trucking blog

    1. Thank you, Todd. I hope you and your kids can get out and enjoy some big trucks close up this season. The events seem to be coming back this year!

  2. Hello,

    I wanted to let you know about another “Touch-a-Truck” event coming up in September. Shakopee Community Education will be hosting our annual Vehicle Fair! We will have music, activities, a free hot dog dinner for the first 500 attendees, and Kona Ice & Drooling Moose items available for purchase. Vehicles confirmed so far include the Life Link III helicopter, police, fire, and ambulance vehicles, city construction and utility vehicles, and many more!

    Logistics:
    Monday, Sep 26, 5-6:30pm
    Shakopee High School – 100 17th Ave W, Shakopee, MN 55379

    Please add to your list if you can. Thanks!

    Emily Starke

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