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2018 Touch A Truck

For years Explore & More Children’s Museum’s Touch A Truck was held at its home base on the outskirts of the city. But now that the museum is moving to the waterfront, the event is being held in a location that is much more accessible to everyone.

The 2018 Touch A Truck will be held in the Buffalo News parking lot, this coming Sunday, August 5. This is the third year running that the event will be held at this location. The change of venue provides for all kids to fulfill their fantasies of stepping inside an array of trucks that they never imagined would be accessible. Instead of simply watching a fire truck race screaming by, boys and girls can actually sit in the front seat, pretending that they are taking control of the action.

Children will get the opportunity to make and color their own derby cars for $2 each.

Most adults can’t recall the excitement of watching a front loader in action. The thrill eventually wears off. But for kids, there’s nothing quite like watching these monstrous vehicles perform in everyday work capacities. Kids attending Sunday’s event can also expect to find:

  • Cryogenic balloon demonstration from Praxair
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Zone Cruiser
  • Food trucks
  • Hot dog stand
  • Library on Wheels
  • Mascot visits from Sabretooth & Buster Bison
  • Draw an Auto, Boat or Truck Coloring Contest
  • Face painting

Altogether there will be more than 40 construction, emergency, utility, and specialty vehicles on hand for kids to interact with. 

“Touch A Truck is an annual favorite for adults and children alike,” said Event Co-Chair Sam Savarino, who has run this event for several years along with his daughter Event Co-Chair Julia Spitz. “Having this event at Canalside where the future home of Explore & More is simultaneously taking shape down the street is a thrill for all of us. It truly highlights what Explore & More can accomplish when we work together to make a positive and lasting impact to the lives of children in our community.”

While the event is $8 in advance and $10 per child at the door, a number of groups and organizations have stepped up to secure 2000 free tickets for disadvantaged children via schools, clubs, and social service organizations.

2018 Touch A Truck

Explore & More Children’s Museum’s 10th Annual Touch A Truck event

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 5, 2018 | Buffalo News parking lot – Canalside

This year’s Touch A Truck event is being presented by Northwest Bank, the Buffalo News and the NFTA. Tickets to this fun family favorite event are $8 in advance through, at Wegmans, or $10 at the door. The funds raised at the event will go towards Explore & More Children’s Museum.

    Written by queenseyes


    Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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