Few things in life can excite children and adults equally, but big trucks are in that exclusive club. For the 14th year, Imagination Station will be holding its “Hands on Trucks” event in its parking lot at 600 North Fourth Street in Lafayette. Imagination Station board member Brian Bettag said “we informally grade ourselves as seeing how many kids are upset at the end of their visit because they want to stay for more!”
The event has certainly proven popular over the years. Kids of all ages enjoy exploring construction equipment, fire trucks, school buses, and much more. Time and equipment are provided by local businesses and first reponder organizations. Last year, a PHI Air Medical helicopter made an appearance. Both the landing and the takeoff delighted the crowd. Bettag is working on new surprises for this year.
Hands On Trucks is a key funding source for Imagination Station, a volunteer-run science and technology museum. Through partnerships with local businesses and community organizations, Imagination Station provides a year-round opportunity for play and learning. Hands On Trucks compliments this mission by giving children and adults a chance to learn about the technology and engineering of modern machinery. Imagination Station volunteers prepare pamphlets with open-ended prompts designed to spark conversation about the vehicles on display.
“We want the Lafayette community to know that this event, and Imagination Station itself, would not be possible without the great partnerships that the local community have created with us over the years,” Bettag told Think Lafayette. “Everyone from businesses that donated their resources and the individuals that donate their time, we appreciate everything they have done for us. We hope the Imagination Station can return that investment by providing a great resource for our youth to continue pushing the community forward and being an asset for future generations.”
If you go
Hands On Trucks is at Imagination Station, 600 N 4th St, Lafayette from 10 AM – 2 PM on Saturday, August 29. Tickets are $5 at the gate. Advance tickets may be purchased for $4. Children two and under are free. Refreshments will be available for purchase during the event.