Kids love to explore emergency vehicles, construction vehicles, and farm equipment, and there are plenty of touch-a-truck events in Columbus and Central Ohio to fulfill their curiosity! These events are a wonderful learning experience for kids that are full of photo-ops, so don’t forget your phone or camera.
We are still updating this list for the year as the 2020 events are announced, but most of the Spring events have been confirmed for 2020.
May Touch-a-Truck Events
Powell Touch a Truck: Friday, May 1, 2020 from 11 am – 1 pm. Trucks and vehicles will fill Adventure Park for this fun event.
Heroes and Hard Hats Touch a Truck at Polaris Fashion Place: Saturday, May 2 from 11 am – 2 pm. Join Polaris Fashion Place for the grand groundbreaking for Fieldhouse USA from 11 AM – 2 PM. Enjoy talking to local heroes and seeing various BIG vehicles!
Touch a Truck in Pickerington: Saturday, May 9 from 10 am – 12 pm at the Pickerington Community Pool. Bring your kids to enjoy a variety of big trucks, cars, engines and more. You will be able to get up close to check out the big tires, ask questions about what each vehicle does, test the driver’s seat and even get your own driver’s license
Touch a Truck at Grove City UMC: Saturday, May 9 from 10 am – 12 pm. There will be a quiet break at 11:00am for children with sensitivity to sound and crowds
Mini Touch a Truck at Hilliard’s Station Park: Friday, May 15 from 10 am – 12:30 pm. This Children’s event features interactive fun with Big Trucks, Cars, Machines, Police and Fire Vehicles. Touch-A-Truck takes place at Hilliard’s Station Park (corner of Center and Main Streets in Old Hilliard)
Upper Arlington Spring Fling: Saturday, May 16 from 11 am – 2 pm Kids can explore city vehicles during the Spring Fling at Sunny 95 Park
Touch a Truck at Prairie Township Community Center in Galloway: Saturday, May 16 from 12 pm – 2 pm
Touch a Truck in Canal Winchester: Friday, May 22 from 6-8 pm. Bring the Family to Touch-A-Truck at Stradley Park to check out Police & Fire vehicles on display. Enjoy Music, Fun, & Games!
YMCA Healthy Kids Day: tba from 10 am – 1 pm at Scioto Audubon Metro Park. Police and fire trucks will be on site for kids to check out, along with lots of fun, free family activities like inflatables, obstacle course, climbing walls, kayaking, and so much more!
Dublin Public Works Day: tba from 10 am – 2 pm This isn’t just a touch a truck event – it’s bigger and better! Highlights include police, fire, military, and public service vehicles, PAWS the Public Works Mascot, food trucks, bounce houses, Nature and recreation services fun, outdoor games, and E-Waste & Shred-It Services.
(City of Dublin Service Complex, 6555 Shier Rings Rd, Dublin)
COSI EMS & Safety Day: May tba Firefighters from the Columbus Division of Fire and other emergency personnel will be there, along with their vehicles. Watch while the Columbus Fire Department uses the Jaws of Life during a mock crash. Activities are included with COSI admission.
Marysville Touch a Truck: May tba from 10 am – 1 pm. Check out fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, tractors, a wheel loader and more at Mill Valley Park Central, 703 Millwood Blvd.
June Touch-a-Truck events
Wet Suits & Way-Cool Trucks: Friday, June 26 from 10 am – noon at Dublin Community Recreation Parking Lot by amphitheater. Enjoy a variety of activities with Washington Township Fire Department to help make your summer safe! Tour Sparky’s fire safety house, Watch a fire department’s dive team demonstration in the Recreation Center pool (10:30), Get your bicycle helmet checked for size and fit. Climb inside our fire and medic truck.
Sunny 95’s Touch-A-Truck: Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 9 AM – 4 PM at Fortress Obetz. Not only will there be awesome trucks, but there will also be different types of emergency vehicles, heavy machinery, and tons of other types of vehicles!
Annual Delaware County Touch a Truck: tba from 10 am – 2 pm. Sponsored by the MOMS club of Delaware, join Delaware County EMS Medic 8 (6547 Marysville Rd, Ostrander) for the day and see vehicles big and small and meet some of the people who operate them. Admission is Free and the event is open to all ages.
Touch-A-Truck (Service & Construction) with Granville Recreation District at Infirmary Mound Park: tba from 10 am – noon. Hands-on events for your young children. This opportunity will allow them to touch a firetruck, police cruiser and other larger than life vehicles. Touch, climb and explore, talk to the men and women that use them!
July Touch-a-Truck events
Westerville Touch a Truck: tba from 10 am – noon at Westerville Sports Complex. Hands-on fire trucks, police cruisers, larger-than-life construction equipment and more! Kids will love the up-close experience with a variety of construction equipment and service vehicles.
August Touch-a-Truck events
Cruise the ‘Ville Car Show: Saturday, August 15 from 10 am – 5 pm, this car show features a touch-a-truck display that includes the Columbus Police Helicopter fly-in, Columbus Fire Safety House and the Baby Zamboni from the Chiller.
Whitehall’s National Night out: tba from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on the lawn of the Whitehall Police Station. Please come and join us for family fun, with a variety of emergency vehicles on display, safety-related vendors, an inflatable bounce house for kids and music!
Franklin County Engineer’s Office Touch-A-Truck: tba from 9 am – 12 pm at 970 Dublin Road location. Interact and learn about the various equipment that kids see on the road. We will be joined by our community partners who offer services to the public or have equipment to display.
Berlin TWP Fire Dept./ DCEMS Medic 10 Touch A Truck: tba from 10 am – 2 pm at 2708 Lackey Old State Rd. Delaware, OH 43015. Bring the entire family for fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, helicopter and many more.
New Albany Touch a Truck: tba from 10 am – 12:30 pm. The event features all of the city vehicles, farm equipment, activities, child identification program, and free lunch. They’ll be accepting canned foods to donate to the New Albany Food Pantry
Touch a Truck in Gahanna: tba from 9am – 1pm. Kids can explore the equipment that makes Gahanna run. Hannah Park, 6547 Clark State Rd
- Johnstown Police Department Open House: tba from 11 am – 1 pm. Meet Chase from Paw Patrol, Tour the, Police Department, Touch-A-Cruiser, Free Hotdogs, Child Fingerprint Identification Cards, Junior Officer Police Badges, and SPECIAL GUEST: Licking County Humane Society
September Touch-a-truck events
Old Hilliardfest: September 12. This free all-day festival features featuring 3 stages with live music, touch a truck, kids games and inflatables, carnival rides, a sunflower show, a car show, an art fair, and more.
Metro Parks and Pleasant Township Touch a Truck: tba from 6-8 pm at Battelle Darby Creek. Metro Parks and Pleasant Township Fire Department will have construction equipment, tractors, and Fire/EMS/Ranger equipment on display for everyone to check out.
Polaris Fashion Place Touch a Truck KidX Club: tba from 11 am – 3 pm. See your favorite BIG trucks and vehicles from Capitol City Group Crane, The Chiller, SWAT, Jones Topsoil Truck , Columbus Ghostbusters, Treat Truck, Brush Crazy tent, Columbus Fire & EMS, and more.
Cops and Kids Day in Westerville: tba from 12 pm – 4 pm. Kids can interact with community police officers, and check out their technology and equipment along with motorcycles, cruisers, and specialty vehicles from agencies through Central Ohio.
October Touch-a-truck events
Plain Township Fire Dept Open House: tba from 10 am – 3 pm. You don’t want to miss this exciting event; kids can explore the fire department and vehicles, use a real fire hose, watch a MedFlight helicopter take off (whether depending) and finish up with a HUGE foam party! There is lots of food with the chili cook-off, and you can have child ID badges made.
Prairie Township Harvest Festival and Fire Department Food Truck & Fire Prevention Festival: tba at the Fire Department. Food Trucks & Fire Prevention open at 10:00am and close at the end of the Festival at 11:00pm. Families can experience a smoke house, fire prevention activities, face painting and more. Celebrate the Bicentennial of Prairie Township with activities all day long!
Touch a Tractor at Fall Harvest Moon Festival: tba 12pm – 4pm at Infirmary Mound Park, Granville, OH.
Hands-on events for your young children. Held during the Fall Harvest Moon Festival at Infirmary Mound Park, explore, climb and touch tractors of all shapes and sizes! This event is free and open to the public.
Fire Prevention Week: Most township and city fire departments will host special events at the fire stations, including touch-a-truck.