Batavia Park District Dish: Fall is in the air, and it’s going to be fabulous

Growing up, I never cared to see the days tick down toward September on the calendar. It signaled summer soon would be ending, school would be resuming, and it would be growing darker earlier each day.

As an adult, autumn is a welcomed treat. The sunsets cast a pinky-orange, antique-like hue over the landscape as the leaves burst into shades of orange, gold and crimson. There’s a snap in the air, and a crispness as refreshing as newly picked apples from the orchard. Fall is festive and filled with fun!

Touch-A-Truck Day

This month, the Batavia Park District is offering a special treat for children. If you love trucks (and we know you do), Touch-A-Truck Day is for you!

This free event is set to run from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 17 at the Eastside Community Center, 14 N. Van Buren. No registration is required.

The special event will be in the parking lot, where there is plenty of room to view the vehicles. In the past, a fire truck, dump truck, tractor, limousine, bus, police car and military vehicles all have made appearances.

Parental supervision is required. The event will be sensory friendly from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., so everyone can enjoy the sights and feel comfortable.

Mom & Son Wagon Rides

Spots are filling up quickly, so make sure to reserve your seats right away for Mom & Son Wagon Rides.

Spend special time with your sons going on wagon rides, decorating pumpkins and making s’mores over an open fire. These events are Sept. 23 and 30 at West Main Community Park, 40W101 W. Main St.

Because of seating capacity, the evenings are broken into two time blocks: 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. If moms are bringing more than one son, register using the name of one child for the $16 combo fee. Additional sons may be signed up for $8 a child.

‘Beetlejuice’ coming to West Main park

If decorating pumpkins turns your thoughts to Halloween, this is the perfect time to book a fun night out with your family and friends or as a cool date night. This fall’s drive-in movie in the picturesque wooded setting at West Main Community Park will be the 1988 hit “Beetlejuice,” starring Geena Davis and Michael Keaton.

Showtime is 7 p.m. Oct. 9. It’s the perfect opening act for Halloween.

Fee is $20 a car. Don’t forget to bring popcorn, blankets and pillows so you can snuggle under the open sky.