On June 8th, Westfield High School’s parking lot will be transformed into an interactive experience where kids can climb up into the driver’s seat, honk the horn and experience all the different exciting things transportation vehicles can do.
But don’t let the name fool you, there will be more than just trucks at Touch a Truck! You’ll find everything from a Public Works Plow to a UPS Brown Truck, motorcycles, ATVs and more!
“We’re excited to share our trucks with the public and teach kids about our equipment we use to fight fires,” said Joe Lyons, Deputy Chief of Administration at Westfield Fire Department. “The kids will be able to see and touch a fire truck. They can ask questions to the firefighters, spray water from a fire hose, get inside the fire truck and see what it is like to sit in the seats. It’s not like the seats of a regular car, our seats have the air packs built in! The kids will get to see all the different equipment we carry on the truck.”
Let’s take a look at two other unique vehicles that you’ll find at Touch a Truck…
Caravan Classes is a mobile art studio brought to you by Erin Goodman and Deanna Leonard. Erin is an art teacher at Zionsville Middle School and Deanna owns a business called Arcadian Design and is an art instructor. When Erin received a Lily teaching grant, part of the money went to restoring the camper that is now used for Caravan Classes, and Deanna is in the process of restoring a camper as well. “We love bringing art to others and thought if we had two mobile art studios it would be a good way to do it,” said Deanna.
The duo started with this concept last spring. The camper has been transformed to hold supplies and be a working space for events. Caravan Classes can be booked for both small and large events by using both the space inside the camper and outside for activities.
During Touch a Truck, kids will be able to really get an inside look at the camper. “People can see how we utilize the space we have. We will stage it for what it looks like if they attend a party. They can see our art supplies and participate in some art with us!”
The sky is the limit when it comes to the types of events Caravan Classes can design for people. Whether it’s a private, public or corporate event, Erin and Deanna know how to enhance and foster creativity in people.
What started out as a part-time job for Jackie Showalter turned into a full-time position with Kona Ice. “The job is a fun job,” said Jackie, a manager for Kona Ice. “When people call us, they’re looking for the fun sno-cone truck. Kids eyes light up when they see the big penguin. I love that! It’s different than normal food trucks.”
Kona Ice is a franchise with 13 units in Indy; six big trucks and 7 smaller units (carts and kiosks). Kona Ice has taken an old concept and turned it into something fun, new and interesting. Who would have thought that putting your own flavors on shaved ice would be so fun?
Kona Ice is best known for their Flavorwave of flavors. You can put on as much or as little flavor as you like since it is self-serve.
At Touch a Truck, kids will get to take a closer look at the Kona Ice truck. It’s not every day that you get to walk inside a food truck and really get to explore! “We’ll have our truck completely opened up. There will be cups in there with flavors and the kids can look through the cabinets to get the feel what the inside of our food truck is like.”
Don’t miss Kona Ice at Touch a Truck, as well as at Movies in the Park this summer at Asa Bales Park.