A.L. asks from Overland Park, KS on March 07, 2009
Firestation B-day Party?
My son is turning 4 in May, and we are starting to plan his B-day party. Since we are taking him to Disney World on his actual B-day, we don't want to spend a lot of money on the party. I had heard some(?) Firestations let you have the party there, which sounded like a perfect idea. However, I have contacted several (mainly in Overland Park), and they have all told me that we could "tour" the firehouse however, they do not have parties there. Does anyone have info on this? Thanks.
M.B. answers from Kansas City on March 09, 2009
I had a fire station party/tour for my son's second birthday last June at the Mission Firebarn and it was AWESOME!! I just called there and asked about it, and it was finally the fire chief himself who called and gave me details. They do it all the time - they even had a little coloring book to hand out. Our party was very small and of course, my boy was only 2 - so how much of a tour did he need? Ha. But the firemen were WONDERFUL - they seemed to love it as much as we did! So, yes, we got the "tour," climbed around the trucks, listened to the sirens, put on fire hats and clothes, held the hoses, and us adults actually learned a lot. Then, we went back to our house for cake and ice cream.
Mission - near Hobby Lobby and HyVee.
I couldn't recommend it enough, it was so fun, my son still talks about it and it was in June of last year!!!!! Oh, and it was free :)
S.H. answers from Kansas City on March 08, 2009
My husband is a FF (not in OP, though), and the answer you're getting doesn't surprise me.
Fire stations are generally not set up for that sort of thing - most have a bunk room (sometimes split into individual cubbies), bathroom(s), kitchen, and "day room" (basically their TV room), and maybe some offices for the captains or other officers stationed there. Kitchens and day rooms are often pretty bare-bones, and in DH's department, are generally furnished in hand-me-downs from the guys' homes (think "bachelor pad chic"). There really isn't a space for a "gathering" of any sort, and if there's room, well, it's not exactly the sort of setting you'd probably want for a children's party.
The only other spaces in most stations are the garage/"bay" where the trucks are and maybe a gear room -- places where it wouldn't be safe to have a group of children. A few places might have a "training room" that would be set up with tables & chairs, but that would be rare - probably less than 10% - and due to training equipment that may be stored there, those sorts of places may still not be suitable for small children.
So, my suggestion would be to either do the tour and then presents/cake at another location before or after the tour, or just skip the fire theme for this year and take some more time to inquire around about other stations that might have a suitable party space. I'm sorry - I know that's not the answer you were looking for.
A.P. answers from Kansas City on March 08, 2009
I'm an 8 year old girl.My mom let me respond.
When I had my birthday it was at Skate City and was fun but cheap.I think that if your son likes skating you should check it out.I had fun there and always do.
C.V. answers from Kansas City on March 08, 2009
My Husband has been a fireman for over 5 years and I have never heard of anything like that at his or any Dept. They will tour you through,maybe you could do that and then have cake and presents at a park.
T.H. answers from Kansas City on March 08, 2009
I agree with what Sheri wrote, you'll have to find a separate location for the actual "party" stuff but the weather is getting nicer and if there's a park near a fire station maybe that's perfect!
My second suggestion was that there is now a "fire museum" at the Great Mall in Olathe. It's not great, but there is a real fire truck inside and I know they do tours of some sort...so you may check it out and see if that would work, they might let you do cake and presents there, if not you could always use the food court, plus they have the play area. For a four year old that would be a pretty packed day with fire trucks, presents and playing!