Tuesday, November 2, 2010

List o' fun--Fire House Museum

Alright, so this is a little later than I was hoping.  Fire Prevention month is October, and I had every intention of sharing with you the idea to visit your local fire house.  Yeah... I don't know what happened to October.  It flew by for me and seemed busier than usual.

Most fire houses let you come and take a tour any time.  You just have to check with them first, and try to go at an off time.  (For example, during mid morning when things are slower.)  They may turn you away if they are busy, but it's worth a try.  It's free!  What little kid doesn't think fire trucks are awesome?  I've even heard of people having birthday parties at their local fire house.

I know this is no help now, but here in central Ohio, all of the fire houses have some sort of open house and or special event the first week of October.  I would imagine something similar happens in your neck of the woods.

One thing we can do year round here is go to the Fire House Museum.  This is NOT just a local thing.  I've hear of ones other places around the state too, and possibly even in other states.

Ours is located downtown on 4th street.  It's open 10 to 4 Tuesdays through Saturdays.  
It's $6 for adults and $4 for children.
It's an old fire house from 1908.  It's sort of small, but still worth checking out.

A firefighter gives you a tour.

They have fire trucks that had to be horse draw, and some that were pulled by the fire fighters.
The fire fighter explains these things in the best way they can to be age appropriate to their audience.

The boys got to ring the bell

You know what I learned... dalmatians became the fire house dog because they got along so well with the horses.

They have an area that they use for field trips and education.  They gave us a quick overview.  We were with some friends, and both the mom and I learned some things we never knew.

Then the kids favorite part... the play area!
Sliding down the pole

Getting suited up

Calling for back up

Headed to the scene

Putting out the fire!

You can have birthday parties there too! :)

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