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Central Library to Host ‘Truck Petting Zoo’

by ARLnow.com May 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm 4,320 19 Comments

Is your kid fascinated by trucks? Does he or she love seeing big machinery up close? Does the photo (left) of a Washington Gas truck provoke feelings of awe and wonder?

If so, indulge the kid’s obsession at Arlington Central Library’s “truck petting zoo.”

From 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, various types of work vehicles will be on display at the library’s (1015 N. Quincy Street) east parking lot, near the tennis courts. Kids of all ages are invited to touch and explore the vehicles up close.

According to the Arlington Transit Blog, the trucks scheduled to be on display include:

  • ACFD fire engine, ladder truck and ambulance
  • ACPD motorcycle and police cruiser
  • Street sweeper, garbage truck and dump truck from the Arlington’s Dept. of Environmental Services
  • Concrete mixer from Vulcan Materials
  • Gas operations vehicle from Washington Gas
  • Arlington Transit ART bus

  • Arlwhenever

    APD has been known to conduct blood pressure readings as part of the ambulance show and tell — a good checkup for the adults and educational for the kids.

  • Magnitude pop pop

    can we scratch out “kid” and use “husband” instead?

    • From the Hill

      I second that!

  • Aaron

    Kid?? I’m 24 and super excited for this!

  • Tabby

    How about a firefighter petting zoo?

    • PB&J

      this idea is so full of win

    • BoredHouseWife

      Oh yeah

  • KalashniKEV

    No HMMWV???

    • Westover

      There was a Humvee!

  • Barbin

    Great idea! Congrats to the Library and whoever thought of it. I’m going, too, and I am a retiree.

  • R.Griffon

    My kids will love this. Great find!

  • sounds great but…. where does one park to attend such a wonderful event?

    • Crabhands

      If you are unsuccessful parking super close try parking at W-L and walking the 2-3 blocks.

    • to answer my own Q — we found parking available in the lot at the corner of Quincy & Washington. Of course we arrived at 5 til 9. Not sure what folks did at 10am when it was packed out.

  • Suburban Not Urban

    OK folks this looks kind of weak, if this kind of thing floats your boat, you need to look up the nearest tractor pull – they have real machinery with something other than just an engine.

    • BoredHouseWife

      Fire trucks are not weak.

      • Lacey Forest

        + 100

  • John Fontain

    I took my kids to this on Saturday morning. They had a great time. There were tons of people there. I had never heard of this event before, and was surprised to see so many people there. Maybe they all came because of the ARLNOW post about it. Anyhow, thanks for the heads up ARLNOW!

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