Puyallup, WA

Kids Can Operate Heavy Machinery on Dozer Day

Maria Shimizu Christensen

Dozer Day may be one of the most unique, hands-on, family-friendly events around. It’s no secret that kids love big trucks and construction zones, and this is the only place where they can spend a whole day both watching and operating them.

Held over two days on the grounds of the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, the special event includes four different activity zones. In the Kid Operators section, kids can actually operate the kinds of heavy equipment and machinery usually seen in construction areas. Supervised, of course. Two other zones – the Construction Zone, and the Laydown Yard – have hands-on and interactive activities, booths, food, and demonstrations, among other things.

The last zone is for grownups. In the Adult Operators zone, adults can try their hands at operating heavy machinery. It’s a rare opportunity channel your inner child, or just get a thrill from running really big pieces of equipment.

Dozer Day takes place on Saturday, May 21 from 9 am to 3 pm, and on Sunday, May 22 from 10 am to 2 pm. Ticketing and entry is a little different, with timed ticket entries to ensure everyone gets a chance to sample all the fun. The last ticket entry on Saturday is 1 pm, and the last entrance on Sunday is noon. You’ll be given a pass to the Kid Operators zone upon entry to the event, but you can wander around the other three zones as you like.

Tickets are $9 for both kids and adults and the organizers donate to children’s charities.

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