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The half-day Touch-a-Truck events, put on individually by the cities of North Palm Beach and Jupiter, are singularly the most popular free event to happen to the 8-and-under set. A gaggle of garbage trucks, a screaming flock of fire-rescue vehicles and a swagger of S.W.A.T. armored carriers, plus construction tractors, dump trucks, diggers, semis, animal rescue trucks, and all things wheeled and noisy are parked and open for kids to clamber aboard. Garbage workers stand alongside fire chiefs to entertain with lights, levers, and cranks. Lots of educational fun, and a great lesson in “wait your turn,” as lines are always long. Check city websites for schedules.

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