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

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!

These events weren’t really possible in 2020, but we are optimistically setting up this page to share events in 2021, as restrictions loosen and municipalities find ways to adjust to social distancing. If you know of an event where kids can get up close to big trucks, let us know 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 touch-a-truck opportunities throughout the year, the best times to find events are in May, during National Public Works Week, and in October, during Fire Prevention Month. Because it is easier to offer these events outdoors, summer months naturally have more opportunities than winter months.

Summer 2021 – Touch-A-Truck Events

Open House | Bruentrup Heritage Farm, Maplewood

Sunday & Monday, June 6 & 7; Monday, July 12; Sunday & Monday, August 1 & 2; Sunday & Monday, September 5 & 6 | 11:00am – 2:00pm | Free
Among other activities and exhibits, visitors can see a 1923 Pirsch fire truck. If you go on Sunday, see demos of vintage machines. Learn more here.

Heavy Metal Drive Thru | Extreme Sandbox, Hastings

Saturday, June 26th | 1pm, 3pm, 5pm & 7pm | Free Options for all 1pm & 3pm events.
Watch construction equipment at work in this drive-thru experience. All tickets, including free general admission required pre-purchase.

Brooklyn Park Night Out | Community Activity Center

Friday, July 30th | 7pm-11pm | FREE
Police squad car and fire trucks will be at the event.

Police, Fire & Recreation Open House Crawl | Brooklyn Park

Saturday, August 14th | 12pm-3pm | FREE – Part of Tater Daze

  • Police Station: 5400 85th Avenue North
  • Recreation: 5600 85th Avenue North
  • Fire Station: 5700 85th Avenue North

Vehicle Fair | Crystal Community Center 

Saturday, September 18 | 10:00am – 12:00pm | Free
Drop in to see and explore trucks and cars on display. Bring your camera and consider a free-will donation of a non-perishable food.  This is a weather-dependent event. Check the City of Crystal’s Twitter page at 9:30am if weather is questionable.

AN ANYTIME TOUCH-A-TRUCK OPPORTUNITY

The Firefighters Hall and Museum is closed until further notice, but we hope to see it reopen in 2021.

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!

 

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