Last year it was Bob the Builder. This year it's been fire engines.
Fire engines, fire hoses, ladders, fire dogs, firemen, fighting imaginary fires...
You get the idea.
So, we decided to celebrate Hudson's third birthday at the North Shore Fire Department in Glendale. The party was free of charge (though we left a donation) and it was a total blast for everyone (except my nephew who broke his arm at the playground afterwards. :( ).
We got there at 10:30 a.m. and were greeted right away by a very professional, uniformed fire chief. He introduced himself and showed us the lobby of the fire station. We got to see the chalkboard schedule, the firehouse kitchen & gym, and hear about what it's like to live there.
Then they led us out to the main area, where we got to see three shiny red fire engines, hoses that spray 2,000 gallons of water per minute, and learn about the tools they use to open locked doors and break windows. We also got to see a firefighter put on his 70-lb. gear and mask.
Of course, there's always a chance your firehouse birthday party will be interrupted by a real emergency that requires fire trucks to respond. And, of course, this happened to us twice. But it was exciting to see the firefighters spring into action and respond to the call for help.
Before we left, each child received a plastic fire hat and a coloring book.
I really couldn't believe how friendly and kid-oriented the firefighters were, and I'm so thankful to then for helping to make my little guy's day so special!