Big Truck Day

Each year our city organizes Big Truck Day for the children.  Basically it’s a free-for-all, horn-honking, cab-climbing, bell-ringing extravaganza for little kids.  Wildman and Cutie Pie have loved each time that they have gone.

For one reason or another, J has always taken the boys to Big Truck Day solo.  I’ve either had a Zumba event or been out of town or had something else going on.  This year, though, the tables were turned.  J spent his entire Saturday traveling back home from a business trip to Los Angeles.  I don’t envy him that cross-country flight.  But I do envy the trip to LA…  Maybe I’ll tag along next time 🙂

Anyway, Wildman had an early morning t-ball game on Saturday which ended at 10 AM.  It was perfect timing because Big Truck Day was scheduled from 10AM – 2 PM.  After I passed out snacks to the team we headed over to the community center parking lot to check out all the cool trucks.

The boys immediately locked their eyes on the Publix semi and ran over excitedly.  Unfortunately, the cab and trailer were not open for the kids to explore.  What’s up with that Publix?!

The “Publix Loves Kids” sticker was small consolation for the truck being locked up…

Now the cement mixer was another story!  The guy who brought it was super nice.  He helped the children climb in and showed them how to pull the loud horn cable.  Then he gave them Tootsie Rolls.  He was a hero in the eyes of the children.

The city’s fire engines were a huge hit as well.  There were kids crawling all over them, ringing the bells, trying on the equipment, etc.

I’m not sure who brought the Arctic Cat pulling the jet ski but we had to visit it twice.  I could hardly pry my boys off of them.

The boys liked exploring the cranes as well but the height and sketchy footholds made me nervous.  I didn’t want either of them to make a misstep and plummet to the pavement…  Luckily, they held on tight and there were no accidents.

The backhoe loader was fun too.

We stayed at the event for little over an hour.  The boys exhausted themselves climbing in and on the big trucks.  Since it was such a lovely first day of Spring we decided to spread out a blanket and have a picnic in the backyard when we got home.  It was wonderful!