JACKSON, Wyo. — This summer, Jackson Hole Children’s Museum (JHCM) will kick off the season with their 9th annual Touch-a-Truck, a free community event, and fundraiser for the nonprofit.
The event will be held on Sunday, June 6th, 2021 with entrance tickets available at select times between 10 am and 2 pm. The event will be located at 155 North Jean Street (The Jackson Hole Children’s Museum and JES field).
Similar to the hands-on, interactive exhibits inside the museum, Touch-a-Truck provides a unique opportunity for children, families, and community members to touch the levers, switches, and buttons inside over a dozen big rigs and meet the truck operators who help keep our community safe and thriving.
Founded in 2012, Touch-a-truck has become a tradition for many families in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. In 2020, the event was converted into a parade-style format to ensure safety while providing smiles and engagement for locked-down families.
This year, Touch-a-Truck is returning to an in-person format, although regular attendees may notice a few alterations to the traditional event offerings. Instead of face painting and a bouncy house, this year the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum is partnering with St. John’s Health to host a special “maker” activity station to decorate cards thanking First Responders and healthcare workers.
For the first time, entrance tickets will also be required, although the event remains free to all. Tickets can be reserved for groups up to 12, allowing “pods” of families to attend the outdoor event together.
JHCM Executive Director Ethan Lobdell emphasized the importance of this year’s Touch-a-Truck, and its timing, as an opportunity for parents and children, family groups, and community members who may have felt isolated during the pandemic to safely rekindle old connections and make new friends.
“The excitement for Touch-a-Truck is a reflection of our collective desire to create the safe,” said Lobdell.
Individuals and families interested in attending Touch-a-Truck are encouraged to reserve entrance tickets early and can do so by visiting the Children’s Museum’s website at www.jhchildrensmuseum.org/touch-a-truck.