Saturday, July 29, 2006

Learning About Fire Safety

I'm totally overloaded with soda, cake and ice cream. How come the kids never eat anything and it's the adults who are always coming back for thirds?

It's official: if you want to have a rockin' party for a 4 year old, throw a Firehouse party. The theme worked great from decorations to giveaways. We spent the first hour eating and drinking. The kids played with various trucks & toys and the adults introduced themselves while discussing which kids could hold their piss through the night. What did we all do for conversation prior to children?

The visit to the fire station was great, but Miss Julie, the local fire safety coordinator was totally inept at dealing with children under 8. She began talking about how fires begin and what to do when you have a fire. "We cook hotdogs," one boy said. Ignoring him, she continued her scripted talk and expained how you should call 9-1-1.

"How many of you know how to make phone calls? The neat part is the fire department can locate you on your home phone and they are developing systems to track you if you're on your cell phones." she went on.

We decided it best to stop her right there. "Umm, the kids are 3 and 4. They don't really have cell phones yet."

At that point, we decided Miss Julie needed to dump the talk and let the kids begin climbing on the fire truck. We were joined by three firemen who came out to help the kids through the trucks, disperse hats and show them the gear. The kids loved it. They got to sit in the seats, try on hats and walk around all the equipment.

The highlight of the tour was while the firefighters were talking about fire saftey, one of Corey's moms realized she left the grill on in the back yard for the past hour. Larry jumped in the car and drove to their house. I guess it would have been a complete bummer to see the firemen dispatched to your burning house.

The firemen were really nice guys. However, not at all like the movies.



Anonymous M&Co. said...

What a totally great idea for a four year olds birthday! They BoyChild loves nothing more than his firetrucks and would think he'd died and gone to heaven if he'd gone to an actual fire station. Why didn't I think of that? Oh yeah, cause I suck at think up stuff like that.

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You blogged more on vacation. OK?

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Blogger Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

I want that second fireman too.

Maybe we can share.

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