Sitting in trucks highlight of Park Slope toddlers’ social calendar

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FLASHING LIGHTS: Four-year-old Kesington resident Avian Goldberg-Elam goes wild for a fire truck at PS 259’s Touch-a-Truck event on May 14.
Kicking it old school: Park Sloper Charlotte Sommers hangs out in a vintage Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus.
In the hot seat: Savannah Lebron strikes a pose inside a big truck.
Can you dig it?: Prospect-Lefferts Gardens kids Timothy and Connor Gibson show in front of a big digger.

There were smiles by the truck load!

Thousands of youngsters rolled into Park Slope’s PS 295 on Saturday for the school’s annual Touch-a-Truck festival, and parents say the annual opportunity for tots to sit behind the wheel of a big rig is the place to be seen amongst the preschool set.

“It’s the toddler event of the year,” said Kensington resident Saryn Goldberg-Elam, who brought her fire-engine-mad 4-year-old Avian to the fest. “It’s every kid’s dream to sit in a fire truck.”

Attendees paid an $8 toll for the chance to get up close and personal with a dream team of jumbo rides lined up along 16th Street including a vintage Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus, a fire engine, a parks department front-end loader, and a plumber’s truck.

The profits went to the school’s parent-teacher association, which meant everyone came out a winner, according to Goldberg-Elam.

“The kids are super excited, the people who operate the trucks are heroes for a day, and the school makes a huge amount of money,” she said.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
I hate to say this, but it is a fact that most of these children don't really like to get into these automobiles. The trouble is that they would've had just as much fun regardless. These automobiles could have been used for good instead of just sitting there with children climbing all over them. I don't want to make a really big deal out of this, but this all just looks like a very potentially hazardous waste of time and money.
John Wasserman
May 17, 2016, 1:07 pm
Trollerskates from Moving Target says:
Great, now this kid is going to demand a private automobile, and public storage for it when he grows up.
May 17, 2016, 4:44 pm
Peter Engel from Downtown Brooklyn says:
Kids like fire engines. Get over yourselves!
May 18, 2016, 10:10 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
I'm sorry, Peter, but NO...They don't. You are getting toy fire trucks confused with the later, larger, drivable models. I can't blame you for your mistake, though.
John Wasserman
May 18, 2016, 12:45 pm

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