Giveaway: Visiting FDNY Fire Zone and Pretend & Play Firefighter Book #FDNY CLOSED

One very early morning the fire alarm in our building went off. Loudly. Very loudly. The next few minutes was filled with a flurry of getting dressed, grabbing ID's and heading downstairs...and possibly out the building. Thankfully there was no fire and everyone soon returned home while they worked on turning off the very loud fire alarm system.

Visiting FDNY Fire Zone

Note: FDNY Fire Zone did not invite me to visit or asked me to write about my visit, I did so on my own and wanted to share. The giveaway prize is being provided by Silver Dolphin Books and made for a great tie in. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

After settling back into our apartment, I unclung my son from my hip and reassured him there was no fire and we were going to be OK. It took a few minutes but he started to calm down. But I could still see the worry in his eye and he spent the next few moments asking me about the firefighters and if they'll put out the fire.

Well yes of course....

But I could tell my words weren't enough. So I started thinking how can I assure him that the firefighters would have come and put out the fire. Eventually I came up with the idea to visit FDNY Fire Zone!

Visiting FDNY Fire Zone

The FDNY Fire Zone has lots of information about fire fighting but also a "Simulated Fire scene" activity where you can act out an escape plan. I thought this would be a great activity to empower my son (and myself) if we needed to deal with a real fire.

Sadly on the day we visited the firefighters were needed somewhere else, so we didn't get a chance to do the Simulated Fire scene. But it's good to know that learning tool is there!

We spent the rest of our visit to the FDNY Fire Zone, getting dressed like a firefighter,

Visiting FDNY Fire Zone

exploring the fire truck where we made made "pretend" rescues

Visiting FDNY Fire Zone

getting our own fire truck from the gift shop

Visiting FDNY Fire Zone

and learning about the different fire equipment used to save lives. There's so much! I was amazed and touched at the same time. There's ALOT that goes into firefighting.

We enjoyed out trip to the FDNY Fire Zone and are just SO grateful for the men and women in the fire department that work to keep us safe. I hope that all of them enjoyed May 4th, 2014 which was International Firefighters' Day -- celebrating the dedication, heroism and importance of firefighters from all over the world.

The Fire Zone is New York City's state-of-the-art fire-safety learning center. General admission to the FDNY Fire Zone is free. The fee for the Fire-Safety Presentation is $6.00 for adults and children; and $2.00 for seniors (60 and over).

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Pretend and Play Firefighter Book

Is your child a fan of firefighters? Then enter this giveaway for a Pretend & Play Firefighter Book.


Pretend and Play: Firefighter is a wonderful introduction to all the heroic tasks that firefighters perform. Using four interactive puzzle pieces, kids can match to each scene, play along and help save the day with firefighting equipment, and find a pop-up fire truck at the end!

Young readers can follow along as the firefighter puts out a kitchen fire, saves pets from a burning home, and removes a fallen tree. With a built-in handle, this kit is handy for grab-and-go fun, and little ones can carry it themselves.


    Entries must be made on or before 11:59 p.m. June 8, 2014.

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