Roll over to Glen Ellyn's 'Touch-a-Truck' May 5

  • Kids attending Touch-A-Truck 2017 get a chance to explore the inside of a Glen Ellyn Police Department squad car.

    Kids attending Touch-A-Truck 2017 get a chance to explore the inside of a Glen Ellyn Police Department squad car. Courtesy of Glen Ellyn Park District

Updated 4/9/2018 6:00 PM

A chance to get a close-up view of big trucks is coming to Glen Ellyn on Saturday, May 5, when the Glen Ellyn Park District presents "Touch-A-Truck." This free event will be held in the parking lot at Maryknoll Park, 845 Pershing Ave. in Glen Ellyn.

Some of the over 20 trucks featured include: Glen Ellyn Fire Department's fire truck, Central DuPage Hospital's Mobile Stroke Unit, a UPS package car, and a concrete mixer. A steamroller also will be at the event, ready to flatten aluminum cans brought to the event by visitors.


"Touch-A-Truck appeals to kids of all ages, but it's especially fun for preschoolers and kindergarten students," said Jessica Marquez, recreation supervisor with the Glen Ellyn Park District.

There will be a horn-free hour from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for little ones with sensitive ears.

Returning to the event this year will be a kiddie trackless train. Families may purchase a ride for $2 per ticket (cash only). "Touch-A-Truck" also will feature prize raffles and a themed giveaway (while supplies last). Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to help the Glen Ellyn Police Department "fill a squad," with donations going to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.

"Parking for the event is located at the nearby Roosevelt Glen Corporate Center, 799 Roosevelt Road, where a free school bus shuttle will pick up and drop off Touch-A-Truck visitors every 15 minutes," explained Marquez. There is no parking available within Maryknoll Park on the day of the event.

"Touch-A-Truck" is sponsored, in part, by Pro-Home Services, O'Hare Towing Service, Glen Ellyn Dentistry, Bowlero Naperville, and Holes & Knolls Mini Golf.

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