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Cabin John Park VFD hosts birthday parties at Station 10 located at
8001 River RD - Bethesda, MD 20817.
The perfect idea for the child who has interest in firetrucks or firefighting is a birthday party held at an actual active fire station.
Birthday party bookings are for two hours in which you will be received and assisted by a station guide. The birthday party is held in our meeting room, with ample space for up to approximately 15 children and their parents. As part of holding the birthday party at the station you are reserved the use of the meeting room and can use it for any other activities that the children may want to do.
As part of hosting a birthday party at CJPVFD, children will receive in the first hour of the program:
A guided tour of the fire station and fire apparatus
The opportunity to get up close and personal with firefighters and their equipment
A fire safety presentation and equipment demonstration hosted by one of the firefighters
A fire safety gift-bag and fire helmet for each child in attendance
A party that they will never forget
It is, however, left to the family throwing the birthday party to provide any food, decorations, and activities for the second hour.
We will set up the room with enough tables and chairs for the amount of children in attendance prior to arrival. Arrive 15-30 minutes early to setup any food and decorations and let the fun begin!
Have any questions or want to schedule your party?
See the FAQ below or Contact us
Frequently Asked Questions!
How soon can I book?
Currently bookings for each month will be available on the 1st of the previous month. (for example, April bookings will be available March 1)
How many children can attend the party?
15 maximum including siblings, not including infants (under 1 years), teens, parents and other adults
Why can’t there be more than 15 children?
This is a working fire department, although there may be physical space for more children, we have found that it is easier to manage a smaller number of children. In the event of a 911 call, we need to drive the fire trucks and other apparatus out of the station as fast as possible. We need to maintain a managed safe environment for all.
What is the cost?
$375 up to 10 children, $425 10-15 children
How is payment made?
$200 at the time of reservation to confirm your date.
Please send the deposit via Paypal to @CJPVFD at the time of reservation .
The rest of the payment (all payment via Paypal to @CJPVFD) will be due by the Thursday before your party, just to confirm a final head count.
Do you accept other forms of payment?
At this time we are only set up with Paypal.
When are the parties held?
Most Saturdays and Sundays except in December. The parties are held from 10AM - 12 Noon. Set up can be at 9:30 AM. **UPDATE** Starting March 1, 2024, due to operational needs, the parties are now held from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM. Set up can be at 12:00 Noon.
Can we change the time for the party?
The meeting room is used for other events such as staff training and meetings. At this time we are not offering other times for Birthday parties.
How do I request a party?
Please fill out this form to request a birthday party: https://forms.gle/Hd6iJpyohHz4Wj7f6
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the following information:
Name of Adult requesting party:
First Name of Birthday Child:
Age being celebrated:
Number of Children Attending the party and age range (not including teens or infants under 1 years old, must be 15 or less):
Top 3 Choices for Birthday Party (Parties are 12:30-2:30 PM, setup at 12:00 Noon):
Name of PayPay account that will be providing deposit:
What is the usual plan for the party?
The first 45 minutes to an hour will be a station tour, showing the children the fire apparatus and ambulance. We will talk about fire safety and have a show and tell of our safety gear. All the children get a plastic fire helmet and a small goodie bag (crayons, stickers, temporary tattoos, and a coloring page). Some parents will use our goodie bags, some parents will add to our goodie bags such as candy, or anything else you would like.
The second hour is completely up to you, normally hosts bring and serve pizza and cake.
Does the room come decorated?
The room is normally not decorated with birthday decorations.
We do not supply birthday decorations but you are welcome to bring your own
See picture here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/GyuBu2QVxZ5gLSLB8
Can we decorate the room?
You are more than welcome to bring whatever you would like to decorate!
There is one approximately 8-foot table in the room with two additional 8-foot folding tables if needed. There are plenty of chairs.
There are large tables in the front of the room and the back of the room where food, drinks and displays can be set up.
Most hosts bring, and we recommend, tablecloths.
Some parties have had really cute firefighter themed decorations with plates, napkins, banners, balloons, sippy cups, stuffed dalmatian dogs etc.
If you would like to tape something to the wall, please bring your own wall-paint-sensitive tape (eg. 3M Blue Painter’s Tape). We do not want to damage the paint on the wall.
You are more than welcome to come into the station starting at 9:30 AM to decorate if you so wish.
Are there pictures of past decorations?
We have provided some pictures of past parties
The decorations were brought by the hosts, we do not have these decorations anymore
See pictures here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/vH5juBXLbQu5YiLr5
Can we see the room beforehand?
We have provided pictures of the room which is usually adequate
If you have a special need, please contact us
See pictures here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/vH5juBXLbQu5YiLr5
Is there anything that I should not bring to the station?
Please do not bring alcohol, glassware, glitter, or piñatas.
Is there parking at the station?
There is limited parking available on either side of the large driveway in the front of the station. Please do not park in the lot behind the station and please do not block any garage doors or entrances.
-See pictures here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/vH5juBXLbQu5YiLr5
Is there wheelchair access?
There is an elevator to reach the second floor where the meeting room is.
Is there anything unique about this station?
Our organization is nearly 100 years old and has a long proud history. We are one of only a handful of fire and rescue stations with boats to respond to water rescues on the Potomac!.
Our volunteer and career personnel are dedicated, energetic and resourceful and we love serving our community. Some of our current volunteers had their first exposure to Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department from their own birthday party at the station! We hope someday your child, or even you, would consider contributing to and volunteering at our station!