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!

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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.

Spring 2022 Touch-a-Truck Events

Big Rig Day

Hardwood Creek Library, 19955 Forest Rd Nm Forest Lake, MN 55025
The library will be hosting trucks, big-rigs and all your favorite vehicles. Let your kids climb up and snap a photo. The Roe Family Singers will be providing the live soundtrack to the morning fun. No registration required. Saturday, May 7, 2022; 9:30-11:30am.

Eagan Big Rig Rally

Eagan Central Maintenance Facility, 3501 Coachman Pt.
Celebrate National Public Works Week in Eagan with a tour and up-close look at the city big rigs: fire trucks, police cars, mowers, plow trucks and the garbage truck. Activities will include face painting, refreshments and giveaways. May 19, 2022, 4-7pm. FREE.

Edina “Big Trucks” Public Works Open House

Public Works & Park Maintenance Facility, 7450 Metro Blvd., Edina, MN 55439
Kids can view big trucks and power tools, go on a scavenger hunt to win candy and grab a free hot dog and refreshments. May 19, 2022, 4-7pm. FREE.

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. Families can also see a zamboni, a mobile DJ, a tow truck, Army vehicles, a recycling truck, a tractor, and a Cadillac.
May 21, 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, 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. Saturday, May 21, 2022, from 10am-1pm.

Otsego Touch-A-Truck

Otsego Prairie Park & Splash Pad, 13355 90th St NE, Otsego, MN 55330
Kick off the summer splash pad season with a touch-a-truck. Visit with a K-9, watch a helicopter land and take off. See Fire trucks, police cars, dump trucks and more. Tuesday, May 24, 2022, from 6pm-7:30pm.

Summer 2022 Touch-a-Truck Events

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, but food shelf donations will be accepted. Saturday, June 4, 2022, from 10am-Noon.

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.

Lil’ Sparkler Family Night

Richfield Bandshell, 636 E 66th St, Richfield, MN 55423, USA
Richfield Police, Fire and Public Works vehicles 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.

Victoria Truck Rodeo

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


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


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Past Twin Cities Touch-a-Truck Events We Hope will return

Shoreview Touch-A-Truck

Kids can get into the driver’s seats of an ambulance, snowplow, dump truck, and other trucks! At this Free event at the Shoreview Community Center. Oct. 2, 2021; 9am-noon.


Join Lake Harriet Upper school for this drop-in event. Kids can climb on, learn about and explore big trucks and vehicles — including a fire engine, snowplow and helicopter. Oct. 2, 2021; 12pm-3pm.

Shakopee Fire Department Open House

All kinds of activities for Fire Prevention Week – refreshments, fire truck tours and the opportunity to spray a fire hose and rescue a teddy bear from a training room. The vehicle fire demonstration will be at 6 p.m. Oct 4, 2021; 5-7pm.

Minnetonka City & Fire Department Open House

In honor of Fire Prevention Week, visit the city’s brand new fire station, take fire truck rides, watch demos, and enjoy refreshments and fireworks. Oct 5, 2021; 5-8pm.

Farmington Fire Department Open House

Fire station tours, touch a fire truck, see safety demonstrations and visit with Sparky the Fire Pup. Helicopter visit if weather cooperates. Oct. 7, 2021; 5:30-8pm.

Eden Prairie City-Wide Open House

According to the city’s website, highlights may include exhibits, demonstrations, and City vehicles and equipment. Oct 9, 2021; 11am-2pm.

Hopkins Fire Department Open House

The city hosts an annual Fire Prevention event open house that includes fire truck rides, hands-on demos and free food. Oct 9, 2021; 10am-2pm.

Halloween at the Lake

Check out first responder vehicles while collecting treats and having some Halloween fun. The event is held at PARKERS LAKE PLAYFIELD in Plymouth. Oct 29, 2021; 5-8pm.

Columbia Heights Truck or Treat

Explore a bunch of vehicles, including police cars, fire trucks, tow, dump, garbage and mail trucks, and a school bus. Kids middle-school aged and younger will receive a free treat bag as they leave. Come in costume if you like. Located at HUSET PARK. October 30, 2021 1 – 5 pm.

2 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!

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