Your local fire station can host a very cool kids’ birthday party, which doubles as a public awareness programme and incur no cost. Organised by the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia, all you have to do is get in touch with a specific station, bring your own cake and décor and make sure all food is halal. The two-hour programme begins with an information session to teach kids about fire safety followed by a display by the firemen on what they do when an emergency call comes in. The kids are then suited up and get to hop on board a fire truck. Most parties wrap up with fun and games and the kids are even shown how to handle a fire hose. The Hartamas, Keramat, Jelatek, TTDI, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya stations are popular choices. While most stations can accommodate up to 20 kids, larger ones like the Hang Tuah Fire Station are recommended for larger parties. While this public awareness programme is free, contributions are very welcome. To book a party, write to the station you’re keen on and follow-up personally at the station.