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Family Time: Wonder what it’s like behind the wheel of a truck?

May 17, 2018

Get directions to the 24th annual Transportation Fair. Held on the street surrounding Goose Egg Park, kids of all ages will enjoy checking out a variety of transportation.

“We usually have 30 to 35 vehicles,” said Peggy O’Toole-Martin, Rochester Public Schools’ Early Childhood Family Services manager. “We’ll have a tow truck, a taxi cab, an ambulance, and a fire truck. All those big trucks, cool cars, and vehicles with sirens that kids love and are drawn to — we’ll have them.”

Sponsored by PAIIR (Parents Are Important In Rochester) in coordination with School Readiness and Rochester Public Works, kids make their way up to and onto the various forms of transportation.

“Kids can sit in the vehicles, ask questions of the drivers, learn more about the vehicles,” said O’Toole-Martin. “It’s so much fun to walk around and explore.”

In addition to visiting all of the emergency vehicles, trucks and buses, families can play in the park (Goose Egg has playground equipment and picnic tables) and pick up information on local resources.

“It’s a great way for families to connect to local resources: Early Childhood Screenings, PAIIR classes, Families First of Minnesota, Head Start, Public Health, and the school district’s Early Childhood Special Education program,” said O’Toole-Martin. “It’s also a great place for families to connect to other families with young kids.”

Held rain or shine, admission is free at the Transportation Fair.

“The Transportation Fair is a fun place to spend quality time with your children,” said O’Toole-Martin. “It’s outside. It’s full of energy. The Transportation Fair is a place that’s full of joy, exploration, discovery and learning. It’s fun to see young children and their parents get excited, to watch the joy on their faces. The Transportation Fair is a great place to do that.”