A couple of weeks ago Silas and I were invited to tour a fire station with some friends. You can do this at any of your local fire stations too (apparently). They are public buildings, so you should be able to go in and get a tour anytime. I would recommend calling first though, because it's just common courtesy, and you don't want to waste your time if they aren't available. The firemen even set up a little table with plastic helmets, stickers, tattoos, pencils and jar grippers (for the adults).
The Fire Station we went to was very accommodating, and they were so happy to host our group. I went with a homeschooler moms group, and one of the moms had arranged the tour. Now, I know I am not a homeschooling mom. My son is not even two yet. I don't know if I want to homeschool, but as a stay-at-home mom of a toddler who is not of school age yet, I am always looking for fun (and mostly free) things to do with him.
This was a fun little adventure for both of us, and got us out of the house for a bit. It was a great learning experience for him, as he really enjoyed seeing the fire trucks and all of the compartments and things in them. He also loved climbing onto them and sitting in the seats. I'm sure he didn't understand any of the safety information, but hopefully if he's ever in a fire (God, please no!) and sees a fireman he will not be afraid of him. At least through this experience he is now familiar with what they look like and what they wear. And of course the siren, he knows what sound the fire trucks make.
I would definitely recommend taking your toddler and/or middle school age kids to go visit your local station. It’s a neat experience for them to see what their job is like at the station and all the ins and outs of their equipment and trucks (there’s a lot of stuff). Also, and most importantly, so they can learn about what fireman do and what they look like with all their gear on. I will definitely be taking Silas when he's older, and hopefully able to retain the information better.
Hope you enjoyed this SAHM tip for ways to have fun with your kids, on a budget. What are some ways that you save money but still have fun with your kids? Or, more specifically, do you have any free, fun ideas? I’d love to hear about them in the comments! <3 Amanda