A few slices from a utility knife, some blue construction paper and markers transformed an ordinary box into a car.
“I have a door,” Amaya Fuller said as she swung the cardboard flap on her car.
Fuller was one of a handful of kids designing their cars inside the Minburn Osborne Post 99 building on Monday, June 25. The cars will be used as part of a mock drive-in on Saturday, June 30.
Library Director Nicole Connick said the drive-in is part of the free community movie being hosted by the Minburn Public Library. “Rock Dog” will be shown at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 30 in the Minburn Elementary gym.
“I got the idea for the kids to make cars to sit in. We’re going to project the movie on a wall and have fun,” Connick said of the mock drive-in.
The idea came because of the high cost associated with an outdoor movie license. Bringing the movie inside allows the library to use its indoor movie license.
“Plus there are no bugs and it’s not as hot,” Connick said.
Another plus is they can show the movie earlier than usual. The library has hosted outdoor movies in the past, but those can’t be shown until around 9 p.m.
The 7 p.m. run time, Connick said, will allow parents to bring their younger kids. Popcorn and other snacks will be available for purchase as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Minburn Library.
Fuller and the other kids decorating on June 25 will be able to watch the movie from their completed cars.
“We’re making a jeep,” Logan Connick said of himself and his sister, MaKayla. Logan was busy drawing the headlights while MaKayla tackled the taillights.
On the other side of the room, Melissa Timmer was gluing pink pom-poms to the front of a small box. Callie Timmer, 2, was busy drawing designs on a license plate with her name on it.
Callie soon climbed into the box, stuck a pipe-cleaner key in the ignition, grabbed the steering wheel made out of paper plates and honked the play horn.
“It’s something different than we’ve done in the past. Nicole had a fun idea,” Melissa said of the mock drive-in.
Connick said she will bring the extra boxes to the drive-in on Saturday. Those who want to come watch the movie are welcome to bring pillows and blankets.
The movie is free, with popcorn and snacks available for purchase. Connick added that everyone is welcome to come watch the movie from Minburn and the surrounding communities.