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Diggin' it: Extreme Sandbox puts grownups in big machines

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Have you ever glanced at construction workers at the controls of their machines and wished you could give that a try?

You can – at a Hastings attraction called Extreme Sandbox, a 10-acre playground for adults that puts them in excavators, a bulldozer, a skid steerer and a fire truck (see aerial video of park above).

After some paperwork and instructional video, workers show visitors how to drive the equipment and move dirt. Instructors taught a WCCO crew how to pick up an old car and move it with a bucket.

The idea for the oversized sandbox came to owner Randy Stenger years ago when his three boys mused that it would be fun to have a real construction site to play in, WCCO reports.

The Star Tribune noted last month that the business, formerly run out of a trailer, recently completed a 6,300-square-foot building expansion, with an eye toward hosting more corporate events.

Prices range from $195 to $895 for individuals and start at $995 for groups.

There are more videos and photos on the company's Facebook page.

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