It’s an almost certainty that every kid has played in the dirt. It’s another certainty that when you grow up you stop playing in the dirt.
The cool thing is… you don’t have to.
I’m not sure why someone didn’t think of this sooner, but on weekends the folks at Bradenton’s Bennett Contracting (they own a mess of heavy equipment) open up their place so adults who’d love to be kids again can take control of humongous earth-moving machines at People at Play: The Heavy Equipment Experience.
Even if the heaviest equipment you’ve operated is a shopping cart, come here and, with some guidance, they’ll put you at the controls of big, yellow construction excavators, bulldozers, and loaders. They have packages so you can join the crew as an operator, foreman, or superintendent, and when you get down to business you’ll master one machine before moving on to the next one.
You know, the other day I was riding past a road project and I noticed the scoop of a front-end loader was overflowing with more dirt than a hundred men could carry – and it was doing it with ease. So whether you’re climbing onto a construction excavator, skid steer loader, or a bulldozer, one thing that seems so cool about this experience is having this much power at your fingertips. When you go through the paces you’ll discover that operating heavy equipment takes hand-eye coordination and a quick mind. Fortunately, the pros are here to help you work out the kinks – and help you become a kid again.