Sue is a mother and grandmother living in sunny Malaysia. She hosted her grandson's third birthday party at a fire station.
A Fun Birthday Party at the Fire Station
Yes, you can hold a birthday party at your local fire station. All the fun activities include taking a ride in a real fire engine and using the water hoses to put out a fire.
My grandson is an avid fan of anything to do with fire engines, firemen fighting fires, and, of course, the firemen shooting water to put out a fire. So celebrating his third birthday at a fire station was a brilliant idea, and the kids all had a great time. Here is a guide if you plan to hold a similar party.
Choosing the Venue
The most important aspect of the party is to secure the fire station for the date of the party. The obvious choice would be the station that is nearest to your home. Alternatively, for those staying in the Klang Valley, the stations at Hartamas and Taman Tun Dr Ismail have birthday parties at their premises on a regular basis.
Visit the station early to see whether the date you have planned is available. We had my grandson's party on a Saturday morning. Remember, some of the activities are outdoors, so you may want to opt to have it in the morning to avoid the afternoon heat.
If the date is available, you will need to write in an official request. This is just a simple letter stating the date you would like to reserve, and you'll hand it to the officer in charge.
Planning the Party
- Determine how many people you are inviting to the party (kids and adults).
- Confirm that the station can accommodate the number of guests you plan to invite.
- Remember that they do not provide tables and chairs, so you will have to rent tables and chairs for your guests, display tables for food and drinks, and tablecloths. Set a time for delivery of the tables and chairs. You may have to be there to oversee the delivery.
- Depending on your menu, using disposable plates and crockery makes cleaning afterward much easier. Bring along big garbage bags for all the rubbish.
- Plan your menu. Remember to include the firemen on duty, so make sure your food is halal.
- Provide other activities for the kids.
Location of Fire Stations in the Klang Valley
|Location of fire station||Address||Contact Number|
Jalan 25/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, 54080 Kuala Lumpur
No. Tel : 03 - 6203 2071
Taman Tun Dr Ismail
Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
No. Tel : 03 - 7728 4444
SS2 Petaling Jaya
Jalan SS 2/2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
No. Tel : 03 - 7729 4444 / 7729 2406
- Portal Rasmi Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia Negeri Selangor - Senarai Zon dan Balai Bomba &am
List of fire stations in Selangor
- Portal Rasmi Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia Kuala Lumpur - Senarai Balai Bomba & Penyelam
List of fire stations in Kuala Lumpur
Fire Engine Ride-On Car From Lazada
This toy is great for a toddler who is learning to move around. This fire engine comes with storage space under the seat. My grandson keeps the rest of his firefighting gear there. He also loves the horn, which he can crank to alert everyone that the fire engine is on the way to the rescue.
With a flexible ladder, the little fireman can go to the rescue wherever they may be. Give hours of fun to the kid that loves fire engines.
Food Suggestions: Kid-Friendly Food
If the party is in the morning, try not to be too ambitious in food preparation as time is of the essence. Here are a few simple snacks:
- Sandwiches: egg or tuna
- Mini banana pancakes for the kids
- Packets of nasi lemak. Scout around your neighborhood for those stalls which sell ready-packed small packets of nasi lemak. If they are tasty, you can make arrangements to order them. The cost may be around RM 1.50 per packet.
- Curry puffs, pastries, and muffins
Activities Organized by the Fire Station
Blowing Giant Bubbles
Let the children make giant bubbles. If you are ambitious, you can even make some bubble wands to produce giant bubbles. These can be made much earlier using pipe cleaners and satay sticks. You can get very cheap pipe cleaners from Mr DIY stores.
Mobile Ice Cream Man
Ice cream is always a big hit with kids and adults, especially after all the activities at the fire station.
Look around your neighborhood for the mobile ice cream man. We found this particular one at the Taman Tun park.
Important tip: Give him some guidelines on what is available to your guests, or you may find yourself with a hefty bill.
© 2016 Sue Mah