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! If you know of an event we missed, let us know and we’ll add it. 

These events will be under the same restrictions as everything else during the spring and summer of 2020. Please call ahead if you are unsure.

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.

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! The Firefighters Hall and Museum is closed until further notice.

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AUGUST 2020 – TOUCH-A-TRUCK EVENTS

CANCELLED: Edina Vehicle Day | Southdale Center Parking Lot
Get up close to fire trucks, police cars, garbage trucks, snow plows, buses and more! Climb into the driver’s seat and don’t forget your camera. Rain or shine. 10am-12pm, FREE.

CANCELLED Aug 28: Governor’s Fire Prevention Day | Minnesota State Fair
The largest fire prevention event in the state! Included with State Fair admission are all kinds of fun and interactive ways to learn about the effort and careers in firefighting.

SEPTEMBER 2020 – TOUCH-A-TRUCK EVENTS

Sept 8: Touch A Truck | Walton Park, Oakdale
Dozens of vehicles will be on hand for children to climb, sit in the driver’s seat, touch, view up close, pose for photos, and learn about how various trucks work. Concessions available plus free ice cream!  5-7pm, FREE.

Sept 26: Big Truck Day | Central Park, Woodbury
The east lot of Central Park will be filled with big trucks for this annual event. Explore the insides of an ambulance, fire truck, mail truck and more! 9am-12pm, FREE.

Fall 2021: Cottage Grove Public Works Open House | City Hall, Cottage Grove
Demonstrations of big rigs, snow plows, dump trucks, tractors and mowers. Also hay rides, inflatable bouncers, balloon animals, face painting and food.

OCTOBER 2020 – FIRE PREVENTION MONTH

Oct 10: Woodbury Fire Prevention Week Open House | Fox Run Fire Station
Meet fire fighters and EMS staff. Check out the trucks, try on the equipment and learn how to protect your family during a fire or emergency. 9am-11pm, FREE.

TBA October: St. Louis Park Fire Department Open House | Fire Station 1, Wooddale Ave. S.
This year’s open house will include displays and demonstrations for all ages. Food and drinks available. 5:30pm-8:30pm. FREE.


We keep past events listed below for anyone who wants to anticipate touch-a-trucks before they are announced. While not always, municipalities often repeat events annually.

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