JACKSON, Wyo. — On Sunday, June 6, the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum invites locals and visitors to kick off the summer season with Touch-a-Truck, a free community event and fundraiser for the nonprofit. Like 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.
Since the inaugural event in 2012, Touch-a-Truck has become a beloved tradition for many families, attracting attendees from as far away as central 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. For the ninth-annual event, 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 of up to twelve, 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, connected, and playful community we all want for ourselves and our children,” Lobdell said.
Individuals and families wishing to attend Touch-a-Truck are encouraged to reserve entrance tickets early and can do so by visiting the Children’s Museum’s website by clicking here. Additional tickets will also be available for purchase at the event based on availability.