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TRANSPORTATION ZOO | DuPage Children’s Museum Revved Up for Transportation Zoo


NAPERVILLE–DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) is gearing up for the family-favorite Transportation Zoo; a “Semi” Touch-A-Truck event. On Saturday, July 31, the whole family - kids and kids at heart - can learn about, look at, and touch an assortment of vehicles in the Museum’s parking lot.

From 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. visitors can get up-close to a variety of vehicles that are often read about in children’s stories. Explore big vehicles that dig, dump, push, scoop, and transport. Some vehicles will be on display while others will allow children to sit behind the wheel, climb in the back, or perch on the bumpers. Drivers and operators will be on hand to answer questions and explain how things work. Returning favorites include Navistar’s International LoneStar Class 8 Truck, toted as being “super cool,” Groot’s Residential Garbage Truck, and Ozinga’s Cement Mixer to name a few.

“This Semi Touch-A-Truck event is a fun learning opportunity, not only to learn something new about the trucks on display but as a way to build vocabulary and work on important math skills,” said Cassie Coffey, DCM’s Guest Experience Senior Manager. “Talk about colors and shapes you see with toddlers. Ask older children what’s similar and different between the various trucks.” You can also use trucks to keep learning when Transportation Zoo is over. Count trucks when running errands, make up stories about where trucks are going — these are great ways to encourage a child’s learning and development.

Masks are required for everyone ages 2 and older. As the Museum’s primary audience is young children who are not yet eligible for vaccination against COVID-19, DCM will continue to require masks be worn inside the building as well as outside while participating in Transportation Zoo activities.

Pre-registration is required. Transportation Zoo is included with Museum admission or membership. Admission to DuPage Children's Museum is $15 for adults and children age one and older, and $14 for seniors age 59+; it's free for members and children under the age of one year. Learn more and get tickets at

Thank you to our Transportation Zoo Sponsors Braves Real Estate and Kensington School. This program is partially supported by a grant from the SECA Fund, the Illinois Art Council Agency, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.


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