Picture your child at the wheel of a GO bus – And they don’t even need a licence to drive at Touch the Trucks Toronto

Metrolinx will take part in the inaugural event in support of SickKids Foundation.

There are universal truths of being a kid.

When you were small, you liked sugar – lots of sugar.

You hated to go to bed – at any hour.

And big vehicles had you pointing as they went by.

For the sake of a worthy cause, Metrolinx is stopping one of our mighty machines long enough that some excited children can climb onboard and explore.

Image shows a GO bus parked. It's wrapped in the KIDS GO Free colours and words.

The GO bus will make an appearance at the Touch The Trucks Toronto event.

On Saturday Oct. 5, the Touch the Trucks Toronto event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Downsview Park – just steps from Downsview Park GO Station.

The event brings together some of the most popular commercial, emergency and public service vehicles in one place, providing a unique opportunity for ‘big wheel’ obsessed kids to explore their favourite trucks in one safe place. They’ll be able to climb aboard and interact with the nearly 40 vehicles on site.

Metrolinx vehicles are especially popular with kids, so the specially-wrapped Kids GO Free bus will welcome the tiny stampede onboard.

The Kids GO Free bus made its debut at GO Transit’s three-week long Canadian National Exhibition at the end of summer. It was made to celebrate GO Transit’s permanent policy allowing for kids 12 and under to ride for free on all GO trains and buses.

It proved to be a hit, with hundreds of kids and parents taking an opportunity to climb aboard and sit in the driver seat.

During the Touch the Trucks event, learn what it’s like to ride in one of the GO Transit coaches, or better yet, what it’s like to sit behind the wheel, with one of our expert bus drivers on hand to safely demonstrate some of the most fascinating features of the bus.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the gate, with all proceeds going to SickKids Foundation. Visit touchthetrucks.com to learn more, and join us on Oct. 5 to support a great cause.

Image is a map of Downview Park.

The event takes place at Downsview Park, in the Upper Parking Lot to the west of Building 40 off Carl Hall Road. Signage will be provided once you enter into Downsview Park off Sheppard Ave West.

Even as kid, you weren’t allowed eat an entire bag of candy worms for supper. And bedtime was usually pretty firm.

But here’s a chance to remember what that joy of seeing a big bus was like back in the day – and get the children in your life onboard with the same feeling.

Story by: Adam Jagdat, Metrolinx marketing brand advisor.