Parties are held on the 2nd floor. As your guests arrive we send them to the 2nd floor which is only available to those attending your party.
A moving stair chair is available for those children or adults who have difficulty with stairs.
The 2nd floor has a large room with plenty of space for games, group activities and seating for 70 at tables. The capacity for the 2nd floor rooms are a total of 80 adults and children. We have all the chairs and tables you will need. We also have children table and chairs that seat 24.
You plan and conduct your own party games.
Children and guests will return to the 1st floor (apparatus floor) and see the displays, sit on our 1926 fire engine and ring the bell. When the children and adults are on the 1st floor we will involve the children in “running” a hose line to a make believe fire. Also, parents will be able to place their child on a “sliding pole” just like firefighters.
We give every child their own fire helmet as a gift.
We allocate 2 hours for all parties. This time period has proven to be more than adequate.
We provide a host who will help you with any issue related to our facility.
Food: The 2nd floor kitchen has a refrigerator / freezer which is available for your use.
You are required to bring your own food and party supplies. No alcohol/wine etc, is allowed. You will have use of a kitchen but limited to refrigerators for storing cake and drinks and sink for any clean‐up. We have available Ice for beverages.
Use of the stoves is not permitted. Past parties have enjoyed pizza delivered from one of the local pizza restaurants in South Boston. Doughboy Deli 617-269-8741, they are closed on Sundays and L st diner 617-268-1155.They will deliver to our fire house at 344 Congress St., South Boston. They may need a day to two notice.We also have a Bluetooth speaker you can sync you device to.
Clean‐up: We expect Birthday party participants to make best efforts for clean‐up. We will provide trash barrels/ bags and kitchen has towels for table top cleanup. We will sweep and empty the barrels.
Climate controlled: We have Air Conditioners (window units) on the second floor when needed. Heat is also available during the winter months.
Parking: We will give you a temporary permit allowing you to park your family vehicle behind the museum. When you arrive, see your host or hostess in the museum and secure the permit before you park your car.Farnsworth st is a tow zone unless you have the parking permit.
We can only give you one permit. Your guests can park at either a parking meter, or the parking garage located behind the museum. We suggest the parking garage. We are not liable for towed cars that do not follow procedure. For your guests, there is plenty of off street meter parking; local parking garage and open pay parking lots in the area. Most lots are $13 ‐ $14 dollars and a meter is about .25 for every 12 minutes up to 4 hours.
The fee for the party is $250.00 – Please send a deposit of $50 as soon as the date and time are confirmed as it is on a first come basis and this only reserves the date and time. The balance of ($200) to the Boston Fire Museum / Boston Sparks Assoc is due 7 days prior to your party. The party cannot be confirmed until the balance is paid. Please keep in mind that we have to give the host 5 days notice for a party. You will find directions
to make your deposit and balance by credit card or PayPal on our Paypal site. Please make sure to put the date and
time of the party in a note on the PayPal site.
If you are forced to cancel or postpone your party due to winter weather or illness, we will issue a full
refund or you can book another date.
We rely on donations and grants to keep alive our operations and free museum. We thank you for your support!!
What is included?
Your child’s birthday will be split between Museum time and private function room time. The museum portion will be shared with the public as we are Boston’s Free Fire Museum. Function room on the second floor will be private to you and your party guests only.
First floor Museum:
Bring your camera!! Children can take a turn sitting in one of our Fire apparatus equipment on the first floor public museum!
Second floor private function room:
One Small conference room with large center table: Table can sit approximately 16 children for formal party activities. There are couches and chairs in the room for parents to sit and enjoy the celebration too.
One Large abutting room with connecting Kitchen and Bathroom:
The large room can be used to set up self‐serve food stations as we can provide fold out tables. The room is open and large enough for some play time. As a Parent, please feel free to bring in toys from home in a big plastic bin or a game you know the kids will play. You can section off parts of the floor and use it for different activities. In the past we have seen areas with paper/coloring stations and pin the tail on the Dalmatian games. There is a large screen TV for kid’s videos and a bluetooth speaker sound system for music. We give every child their own plastic fire Helmet as a gift! We do have information for entertainers such as
Lets Sing– email@example.com or www.jeffjam.com 617-777-4751 Happy Kids Entertainment- info @happykidsentertainment.com 617-596-2743. A bouncy house- www.maddysmoonbounces.com 617-390-3858 Kids Music by Marcie- www.kidsmusicbymarcie.com
Here is some conditions and fine print
**Special Needs Access (2nd floor): This very old 1891 historic building does not have elevator to our second floor private function rooms however, we do have an electric handicap chair lift for use.
We are willing to consider on special consideration a setup in our first floor museum space but advanced reservations must be made and discussed. We will try our best to accommodate all participants as a Firehouse Birthday can bring a lifetime memory to a small child on their special day.Please consider this when making a Birthday Party reservation for the children and parental guests.
Beverages: All alcoholic beverages are prohibited. All other beverages brought into the Boston Fire Museum must be within sealed containers.
Glass containers of any type are prohibited
Pinatas: Piñatas are not permitted as they are dangerous when children swing a stick. Also, we do not allow
glitter as it is difficult to clean from the tables and floor.
Cancellations: The Boston Fire Museum reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a party due to an emergency or unforeseen circumstances.
IMPORTANT – WE DO NOT MAKE “PENCIL” RESERVATIONS. WHEN YOU TELL US VIA EMAIL THAT YOU WISH TO BOOK A CERTAIN DATE AND TIME WE CHECK OUR CALENDAR AND IF IT IS AVAILABLE WE SEND YOU A CONFIRMATION VIA EMAIL. WE DO NOT CONFIRM A RESERVATION BY ANY OTHER MEANS.
Please let me know if there are any questions I failed to answer. If you decide to schedule the museum for your party please confirm the date and time as soon as possible by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hosting your birthday party. We know the children will have a great time.
Boston Fire Museum
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