Explore big trucks at Happy Rock Park May 13.Photo courtesy Gladstone Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts.
Just like kids, cars, trucks and trains are always on the move, so it’s no wonder children find them fascinating. Several upcoming events offer families an opportunity to explore these mighty machines up close.
Trucks and Big Rigs for Kids | April 8 Kids can explore trucks, tractors, construction equipment and city vehicles at Trucks and Big Rigs Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee, Kansas. Although admission is free, a $10 donation is suggested to benefit Special Olympics and Special Populations programs. Get the details.
Touch a Truck at Happy Rock Park | May 13 Kids ages 3 and up can climb behind the wheel of emergency vehicles at Touch a Truck at Happy Rock Park in Gladstone from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 13. Admission is $7. Get the details.
Kansas City Train Day | May 13 Do the locomotion in honor of trains at Kansas City Train Day Saturday, May 13 at Kansas City Northern Railroad. Visitors can take free train rides from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Other activities will be offered from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., including performances by Rockin’ Rob, play time on the Imagination Playground, inflatables and more. Get the details.
National Train Day at the Arboretum | May 13 Explore a real caboose and model trains at the National Train Day celebration at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission to the event is included with general garden admission. Get the details.
Big Truck & Equipment Show | May 20 Kids can learn more about the vehicles that provide services to their community at the Big Truck & Equipment Show Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in front of the city hall in Lee’s Summit. Get the details.
Touch-A-Truck at Overland Park Convention Center | July 23 Kids can get up close and personal with giant trucks at Touch-A-Truck Sunday, July 23, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Overland Park Convention Center. Visit the Overland Park Convention Center website closer to the event date for details.
Richard Petty Driving Experience | Select weekends If your kids dream of being a speedway star like Lightning McQueen, give them the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Kansas Speedway. For $59, kids can go for a Junior Ride-Along in a two-seat NASCAR-style stock car driven by a professional instructor. Get the details.