Hot Wheels Garage events at the Automobile Driving Museum are fun for all ages.
That’s because the events showcase life-size replicas of toy cars, among other things, that brings out the kid in all of us.
For instance, I took my 22-month-old son and he didn’t want to leave. And actually, I didn’t really want to leave either. :0)
So, in this post, I’m giving you an overview of Hot Wheels Garage events at the Automobile Driving Museum. Plus why you should go and bring a couple of generations of the family with you!
How the Hot Wheels Garage Events Started
I learned of the Hot Wheels Garage Events while covering my first story on the Automobile Driving Museum. And as soon as I did I knew I’d be taking my son, soon!
But my first thought after that was how? How did something so cool come about? Because corporate marketers usually find a way to mess-up stuff that makes perfect sense and is this cool.
And to be fair to corporate marketers it’s usually the almighty dollars that get in the way. Well, those guys/gals/dollars didn’t initiate the Hot Wheels Garage Events!
So, it turns out that Hot Wheels parent company, Mattel resides very close to the Automobile Driving Museum. In fact, they’re both in El Segundo, California.
And back in 2015, the Hot Wheels folks were looking for a place to store their life-sized toy replicas. So, Hot Wheels reaches out to the Automobile Driving Museum, one thing led to another and, shazaam!
A brilliant concept for a recurring, fun-for-all-ages event is born.
Hot Wheels Garage Events As Incredible Bonding Opportunities
In an interview about the History of Cars and Coffee events, Barry Meguiar from the former Car Crazy TV show offered this insight. He said, “if you’re a kid growing up in a car guy family, there’s no question you’re going to be a better adult.”
To clarify, Barry was referring to sharing the car hobby for sure. But more than that. He was also referring to time shared between parent and child. And that special bonding-time being created through a shared interest.
And with that in mind, I was excited to meet the father and son who pulled up in their 50th Anniversary Edition Hot Wheels Camaro!
Daniel Germain lives in Big Bear but grew up in England. And being from the other side of the pond he grew up with Matchbox cars. (Mattel created Hot Wheels after Matchbox cars already existed. Mattel also now owns Matchbox cars.)
Daniel said, “anything to keep children interested in cars is a great thing. I think cars are going to become electric soon anyway. So as cars change it’s really a great time to be interested.”
And when his son Felix told him about the Hot Wheels Garage they knew they had to come. And also show off both versions of their own car. A 2018 Chevrolet Camaro 50th Anniversary Hot Wheels Edition.
Another display of marketing not messed-up. Hot Wheels and Chevy – nice!
Before coming to the Hot Wheels Garage Event at the Automobile Driving Museum Felix had 452 Hot Wheels toy cars – and counting.
What Happens At Hot Wheels Garage Events
In addition to meeting great people at the Hot Wheels Garage events, there’s plenty to see and do. And again, that’s for both adults and kids.
After paying our entry fee we dropped off a donation of dog food at the spcaLA booth. The events usually have a charitable organization tied-in.
Then it was on to the Hot Wheels car selection booth. All the kids get a free Hot Wheels toy car once you take them around to all the booths at the event.
Next, we had to check out the Hot Wheels Garage event prize table.
Lots of Fun Activities for Kids
Before coming to the Hot Wheels Garage event we’d never seen such small go-karts. And that didn’t get by my son – not even a little bit. But he’s still a few years away from being old enough to ride.
So after a little parental redirecting (many times), we were able to carry on to other activities. And the toy race tracks proved to be a hit.
And with it being a Hot Wheels event, of course, there were multiple toy race tracks for kids to enjoy.
They also had fun stuff like face painting, pop-a-shot and coloring booth for the kids.
The Garage Itself
And with so much to do and see, the actual garage storing life-size Hot Wheels, kind of gets drowned out.
But everyone has to take a lap through the cars.
How can the driver even see the road in this one?
The Automobile Driving Museum Is Included
While the Hot Wheels Garage event takes place outside the museum. The entry fee includes access to the museum itself. And it’s awesome too.
Besides cool cars everywhere you look The ADM also features an Ice Cream Parlor!
Events Throughout The Year
The Automobile Driving Museum hosts Hot Wheels Garage events throughout the year. And each event is a little different.
Marisol Rios, the General Manager of the museum, says they’re planning 8 or 9 events each year. And that each December they have one that includes Santa Claus!
Ken Vela, from Wikd Kustoms, is the master of ceremony for the events. He says they provide a great opportunity to disconnect from smartphones and the internet while connecting with your kids.
He said, “the adults, what we had back in the day, we didn’t have all those electronics so we had to think of ways to have fun.” And that “it’s really neat to see the generations” of families having fun together.
Cars Connect Everyone
As we were leaving we met one of the museum volunteers who also had his custom hot rod on display.
And he was so nice that he even let my son crawl around in his sweet custom ride.