Touch-a-truck events are becoming the spring and summer thing to do. Some are fundraisers for public schools or charity organizations and some are just free community events. The Touch-a-Truck day in Thousand Oaks is our favorite of all the ones on offer throughout Southern California.
Why? Well, one it’s free and two it’s FUN! Here you can not only ‘touch’ the trucks, you can get in them and also actually see how the operate. Last year’s event allowed kids to actually dig a hole with a digger, move things with a huge crane truck, throw beach balls into the back of a dump truck to then watch the truck empty the load. There was a monster truck and a race car transporter that you could walk through. Of course my son’s favorite was the one vehicle that did nothing – the park ranger vehicle!
In addition to all the cool vehicles, there were also art and craft stations, a construction zone with life-size toy jackhammers and small homemade carnival game booths. My son won (ok, truth be told, I did) a Tonka helicopter by sliding a car through a hole.
When you get tired of waiting in lines (or while one parent waits in line!), head over to the awesome playground for a run around.
For those of us in LA proper, it’s a drive, but it is worth it for a fun filled day. Plan to arrive early. This is a very popular event and gets packed.
Date: June 17, 2017
Time: 10am to 2pm
Address: Thousand Oaks Community Park, 2525 N. Moorpark Road
Parking: The parking lot fills up quickly, but there is plenty of parking in the adjacent neighborhoods. Be prepared to walk a bit.
Food: There were food trucks last year, but the lines were very long, so plan ahead and/or bring plenty of snacks and water.
What to Bring: Sunscreen, hats and comfortable walking shoes. You can also bring a picnic blanket if you plan to make a day of it.
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