Above / DuPage Children’s Museum is gearing up for the family-favorite Transportation Celebration with a Touch-A-Truck on July 28. Now in its third year, this fun event welcomes kids, young and old, to learn about and touch an assortment of vehicles and explore different ways to move by land, water, and air. Every kid loves to learn about firetrucks!

(Naperville, IL)…DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) is gearing up for the family-favorite Transportation Celebration with a Touch-A-Truck on Saturday, July 28.

Now in its third year, this is a fun event for the whole family where kids, young and old, can learn about and touch an assortment of vehicles and explore different ways to move by land, water, and air.

From 9AM – 1PM visitors can get up-close to a variety of big vehicles that are often read about in children’s stories. Explore vehicles big and small that dig, dump, push, scoop, reach, or rescue. Children can sit behind the wheel, climb in the back, or perch on the bumpers. Drivers and operators will be on hand to answer questions and explain how things work.

Count trucks and check out colors and shapes

“A Touch-A-Truck can be a fun learning opportunity, not only to learn something new about the vehicles on display but as a way to build vocabulary and work on other important skills,” said Cassie Coffey, Public Programs Coordinator, DuPage Children’s Museum. “Talk about colors and shapes you see with toddlers. Ask older children what’s similar and different between the various trucks.”

Folks at the museum remind families that trucks can be used for more learning when Touch-A-Truck is over. Count trucks when running errands or make up stories about where trucks are going — these are great ways to encourage a child’s learning and development.

Outside the Museum, during this portion of the event, visitors also have the opportunity to receive complimentary identification materials through Prudential’s ID a Kid program. The program includes valuable safety tips on how to keep your child safe in the event that they become separated from you. Parents gain the peace of mind in knowing they have vital information available to help locate children who go missing.

Inside the Museum, 9AM – 5PM, there will be additional special activities centered around transportation, all designed with DCM’s mission of hands-on exploration and the integration of art, math, and science in mind. The Museum always tries to create opportunities for children to problem-solve, explore materials in new ways, and be creative. Visitors can explore many different S.T.E.A.M. concepts through transportation, such as buoyancy with boats and air resistance with parachutes. This event offers tangible ways children can see and understand energy through vehicles and things that move.

Touch-A-Truck & more included with price of admission

The special activities and the Touch-A-Truck are included with Museum admission. Admission to DuPage Children’s Museum is $12 for adults and children age 1 and older, and $10 for seniors; it’s free for members and children under the age of one year. Visit dupagechildrens.org/family-events for a list of vehicles and activities.

Transportation Celebration is presented by Navistar and sponsored by Ozinga, Crowe LLP, First Alert,
Bill’s $3 Car Wash, First Midwest Bank, and Savant Capital Management.

Story and photos submitted by Jaime Johnson, Sr. Marketing Manager, DuPage Children’s Museum.