** The 2017 Touch a Truck event will take place on Sunday, April 23rd from 12p-4p at a new location – the Friday Conference Center in Chapel Hill. (Rain date April 30th.) Tickets are $6 per person or $25 per family. **
How often to we say to our toddlers and kids “no! don’t touch that!” or “stay away from that!” Well, thanks to the yearly event at University Place called Touch a Truck, for one afternoon we can say “go ahead, touch that, go in there!”
By request, we’re sharing this information on our blog for you to use for next year’s event.
And I have to say, this event is great. In it’s third year, it is hosted by a local boy scout troop, supported by University United Methodist Church. Admission stays pretty cheap, and proceeds go to a charity (this year it was the North Carolina Children’s Hospital).
But don’t let the charity aspect of this persuade you. Let the fact that your child will get to sit in big rigs, firetrucks, bulldozers, army trucks, police cars, and more. The locally popular “Heel Raiser” even made an appearance this year. There were helicopters that, if you timed it right, you could see land and take off.
Beyond the trucks to touch, there was a kids fun zone (as if the whole place wasn’t) that had bouncy houses. There was a Jelly Belly truck and, for something totally different but amazing, CLAWS came out with birds of prey to see.
This place can be crowded, as it is so great. There is plenty of space to accommodate folks but it affects lines. See, each truck you want to touch, you have to wait in line. The lines go fast, and they are fairly well regulated. But it can be hard for little minds to be patient when the ambulance is calling their name.
Also, this is LOUD. When the kids get to sit in the trucks, they can also honk the HORNS of the trucks. I saw some kids there a little overwhelmed by the noise.
Yet, especially if the weather is gorgeous, head out to University Mall some time in late April or early May to attend this locally-lauded event.
Touch a Truck
Friday Conference Center *new location 2017
100 Friday Center Drive
annually in April or May