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Family Events

Join us for these fun-filled and educational Family Events and activities, each showing you how to protect our resources while having fun and saving money. These events offer something for both children and adults, and there is a new theme each at each event.

All workshops are hosted at the Utility Exploration Center (1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd) unless otherwise noted.

All our Exploration Events have free activities based around our concepts of energy and water efficiency, watershed protection and waste reduction. We welcome explorers of all ages to drop by and discover the ways our daily decisions impact the world around us. No registration necessary! For more information, give us a call 916.746.1550.


 Garbage Truck Lifting Dumpster  

Big Trucks Summer
Thursdays in July, 2017, story time 9:30am, truck visits 10am - 11am

Climb in and sit behind the wheel of our amazing utility trucks. Hear a story, play games and get an inside scoop on how our city works. A different truck and utility will be featured each week!

Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd.
Thursday, July 6 - Electric Line Truck
How does a lineman reach our electric lines? With an amazing electric line truck! Watch the big bucket reach high in the sky.

Thursday, July 13 - Vactor Truck and Pipe Scope Truck
Can you see what caused the clog in your drain? Our pipe camera can! Drive the camera and check out the scene when the pipe scope truck visits.

Maidu Regional Park, 1550 Maidu Drive
Thursday, July 20 - Garbage Trucks
How much trash fits in a garbage truck? You will be amazed! Sit behind the wheel of a garbage truck and watch the dirty work.

Thursday, July 27 - Dump Truck and Vactor Truck
How fast can you dig a hole? Watch the vactor truck suck dirt like a vacuum and help expose our pipes in seconds flat.

Free family event.

Boy with Curby the recycling robot at wasteapalooza 2016   Boy at UEC holding Lego for wasteapalooza 2016

Curby's Waste-A-Palooza
Saturday, August 26, 10am - 2pm

What happens when you throw stuff away or send it down the drain? Come check out Curby's Waste-A-Palooza to find out! Squeeze through the sewer crawl as you discover where backups can occur and help unclog the pipes. Watch out for those sticky wipes. Talk trash with Curby the recycling robot, testing your knowledge in our quiz show as you compete for prizes. Challenge yourself in the game room where you can flip one of the "three Ps" into a toilet and knock out excess waste. Build your own LEGO® City set (requires $10 materials fee) to stop the toilet trouble.

Free family event.