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(Image courtesy of Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum)
(Image courtesy of Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum)

Trucks return for fun, free day for families at Canalside


Wed, Aug 11th 2021 03:20 pm

This year, Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum’s annual “Touch A Truck” event returns. The Western New York community is invited to come and join in the fun at Canalside in Buffalo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 28.

More than 50 trucks will be parked around Canalside for a fun outdoor event for the whole family. Thanks to M&T Bank and Dunn Tire, children can explore construction, utility, and first responder vehicles; honk the horn of a firetruck or sit in the driver’s seat of the pink cement truck mixer – all for free. Families can meet special guests; participate and enjoy engaging activities; and go home with some fun giveaways and prizes. Plus, families can enjoy some barbecue from Fat Bob's food truck.

The day starts with a sensory hour from 10-11 a.m. for those who are sensitive to loud noises.

Fisher-Price will be on site with their Rescue Heroes Fire Truck; families can pick out a prop and strike a pose in one of their selfie stations. Be sure to say “hi” to the Cast & Play Crew as they sign up little ones to be the star of the next Fisher-Price package.

Tripi’s Landscaping will have an activity station where children can get their hands dirty with a planting activity and then honk the horn of the landscaping vehicles.

The fun continues inside the museum. There will be storytelling, car-painting, and other activities in the museum’s Art Studio and Tinkering Tank; a scavenger hunt with prizes, sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield; a photo station for families in which they can take home a picture to remember the day; and other on-the-spot activities throughout the museum and more surprises.

Explore & More CEO Michelle Urbanczyk said, "We are honored to be able to offer the community fun, immersive activities that are free for everyone to enjoy. ‘Touch A Truck’ is one of our favorite events; the joy and excitement on children's faces when they get to sit in the driver seat of a fire-truck or learn, first-hand, about construction vehicles, is everything!"

While registration is not required to attend “Touch A Truck” outside at Canalside for free, those planning to go into the museum and participate in the activities inside do require a ticket. Those planning to go into the museum that day are encouraged to purchase their tickets ahead of time as this will be a sellout event.

Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum is located at 130 Main St., Buffalo. Call 716-655-5131 or visit www.exploreandmore.org. Explore & More's mission is to provide best-in-class play experiences where all children, families and the community can explore, learn and develop together.

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