In 2021, Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s museum’s annual Touch a Truck event, takes on a whole new form. Explore & More is pleased to announce Trucking through the Summer A-Z, presented by M&T Bank and Dunn Tire, a celebration of all things trucks all summer long.
The event kicks off on July 7th, 2021 and will take place every Wednesday and Friday in July & August outside in the museum’s loading dock area. On those days, families can see, touch, and explore different vehicles, from cement mixers and diggers to excavators and tanker trucks. On Fridays, the museum will host First Responder Fridays, presented by Fisher-Price. These days will feature Erie County and City of Buffalo emergency vehicles (and visits from their K9 units), Buffalo Fire Department fire and ladder trucks, ambulances, and military vehicles. There will be different activities, special guests, and surprise giveaways throughout the summer.
The fun continues inside the museum with truck-related activities in the museum’s Tinker Tank and Art Studio, as well as virtually with storytime videos to view and listen to and activity demonstrations families can do at home. Additionally, inside the museum, there will be a Scavenger Hunt, presented by Highmark BlueCross BlueShield, every Saturday. Museum guests can search for clues and win prizes to take home.
The event culminates with the biggest day yet. On August 28th, 2021, over 40 trucks will be parked along Canalside for a fun outdoor event for the whole family, at no charge. Children can explore construction, utility, and first responder vehicles; meet special guests; participate and enjoy engaging activities, and walk away with some goodies.
Every Wednesday from July 7th to August 25th, 2021 from 11 am – 2 pm truck your way through this summer with giveaways, activities and of course, trucks!
Wednesday, July 7– Admar’s 40-foot boom lift, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Bookmobile, K.I.A. Memorial Roadmarch Army vehicles, including a 5-ton truck & more! Children will also have the chance to build derby cars outside, for free (weather permitting).
Wednesday, July 14 – Tripi Landscaping’s dump truck, Buffalo Crane, United Materials Cement Mixer, Erie County Public Works dump truck
Wednesday, July 21 – OSC Manufacturing & Equipment Service Dieci Material Handler, Price Enterprises, Erie County Public Works excavator, Highmark BlueCross BlueShield Healthy Zone Cruiser
Wednesday, July 28 – Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Bookmobile, Chef’s Jar Car
Wednesday, August 4– Milk for Health milk truck and friends, Erie County Public Works paint truck
Wednesday, August 11 – Tripi Landscaping skid-steer, Regional International sleeper truck, Erie County Public Works skid-steer, Colton RV
Wednesday, August 18 – NOCO tanker truck, AAA tow truck
Wednesday, August 25 – Fisher-Price fire truck, Thomann Asphalt Paving Corp. vacuum truck and water truck
First Responder Fridays
Every Friday from July 9th to August 27th, 2021 from 11 am – 2 pm come to see, learn, touch, and explore first responder vehicles, from fire trucks to police cruisers and ambulances!
Friday, July 9 – American Medical Response ambulance, Erie County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, WNY Heroes Mobile Command Unit, K.I.A. Memorial Roadmarch Army vehicles, Erie County Sheriff’s SWAT Team’s bearcat
Friday, July 16 – Buffalo Fire Department, Erie County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, Buffalo Police Department Fire Investigation Unit Rig
Friday, July 23 – Erie County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, Erie County Sheriff’s SWAT Team’s bearcat, US Coast Guard
Friday, July 30 – Buffalo Fire Department, Erie County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, ConnectLife Blood & Organ Donor Network Blood Mobile, Buffalo Police Department Ladder Truck
Friday, August 6 – Buffalo Fire Department, Erie County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, Buffalo Police Department Engine Truck
Friday, August 13 – Erie County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, US Coast Guard
Friday, August 20 – Fisher-Price fire truck, Erie County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit
Friday, August 27 – Fisher-Price fire truck, Erie County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit
Schedule and trucks are subject to change.
AAA Western and Central New York
Admar Construction Equipment
Admar Allied Mechanical
American Medical Response (AMR)
Life Safety Integrated Systems, Inc.
OSC Charitable Foundation
Thomann Asphalt Paving Corp.
University Pediatric Dentistry