Get Touchy with Trucks

By Michael Berick


Kids can climb aboard big trucks at Santa Anita Park Sept. 23. PHOTO COURTESY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Big vehicles and little kids just seem to go together, which explains the ongoing popularity of Southern California Children’s Museum’s Touch-A-Truck day. Now in its fifth year, this event gives children a chance to get a good close-up look at a variety of big vehicles – and climb into and explore them. Emergency vehicles, large trucks, recreational vehicles and other heavy machinery will be on display at Santa Anita Park (Gate 3, 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia) on Sept. 23. The main hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m., but there will be a sensory-sensitive no-horns hour from 9-10 a.m. 

This benefit event fits into the Southern California Children’s Museum’s mission to stimulate curiosity, motivate learning and foster a sense of wonder in children through interactive experiences and play-based activities. The Pasadena-based museum, which opened in 2014, is still growing into its current location at 459 E. Colorado Blvd., where it moved last year.  

Tickets for Touch-A-Truck are $5 per person and $15 for a family of four (free for kids under 2 years old). You can get yours at, and find more information on the museum at 

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