Kid-Friendly Activities During Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15 this year and many of the local fire stations have activities for the whole family! Take a ride in a fire truck, explore the latest trucks, squads, and equipment, watch live fire demonstrations, play games, take a tour of a fire station, and learn the importance of working smoke alarms and when to change them (hint: every ten years!). Find all the details below, including dates, times, and descriptions of what you will find at each event. All of them are free!

Police & Fire Open House (Willow Springs)

October 8, 2016 11 am – 2 pm

Willow Springs Fire Station
8259 Willow Springs Rd
Willow Springs, IL 60480

Police & Fire Join Forces…

  • Teach your kids about fire and police safety
  • Check out the latest trucks, squads and equipment
  • Watch exciting demos by:
    • S.W.A.T. Teams
    • K-9 Teams
    • Emergency Rescue Teams

Tri-State Fire Department in combination with the Willow Springs Police Department is having their annual Open House. This free event is for children and adults of all ages to learn about fire safety techniques and is the combined department’s largest event of the year. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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Fire Station 45 Open House (Lombard)

October 12, 2016 6 pm – 8 pm

Lombard Fire Station 45
50 E. St. Charles Rd
Lombard, IL 60148

The open house event will take place in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week. The event is open to all residents. Attendees will be able to enjoy games, get to know Lombard Firefighters, and learn about the importance of working smoke alarms.

Fall Music Together Classes are Starting at Mattix Music Studio

Lombard Fire Department and The Lombard Firefighters Union Local 3009 will once again wear custom pink t-shirts throughout the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Residents are invited to purchase the same shirts and to take group photo with Lombard Firefighters at the open house on October 12, 2016. Residents are invited to wear their limited edition shirts and to take part in a group photo with Lombard Firefighters during the open house event on Wednesday, October 12 at 7 p.m., at Fire Station 45, 50 E. St. Charles Rd.

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Fire Prevention Open House (Western Springs)

October 10, 2016 6 pm – 8:30 pm

Western Springs Fire Department
4353 Wolf Road
Western Springs, IL 60558

  • Kids: Take our “Fire Fighter Challenge Course” and earn your dog tags
  • Take a ride on a fire engine
  • Slide down a real fire pole
  • Learn about fire prevention in “The Safety House”
  • Meet our paramedics and learn about our emergency medical equipemnt
  • Have your picture taken with Sparky
  • Check out the fire apparatus on display
  • New the year: See our firefighter fashion show

Night at the Firehouse (Downers Grove)

October 12, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Downers Grove Fire Station 5
6701 S. Main St
Downers Grove, IL 60516

Take a station tour, see demonstrations and get acquainted with the fire staff. Lots to see and learn about fire safety for kids and families at this event, held during Fire Prevention Week.

New Unique Birthday Party Venue! Parrot Stars Parties

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Fire Prevention Week Open House (Villa Park)

October 15, 2016 noon – 3 pm

Villa Park Fire House 81
1440 South Ardmore Avenue
Villa Park, IL 60181

Join the Villa Park Fire Department for the 2016 Fire Prevention Week Open House. This year’s theme is, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date; Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” Families are welcome to meet Sparky the Fire Dog, enjoy a fire safety puppet show and watch a live fire demonstration. Apparatus and equipment will be on display as well as NICOR and ComEd safety exhibits. Collect plenty of goodies including a “Be a Firefighter” picture book, junior firefighter helmets, stick-on badges, tattoos, balloons and refreshments.

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Plainfield Fire Department Open House
September 30, 2017 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Plainfield Fire Station #2
23806 W. 135th Street
Plainfield, IL 60544
Enjoy tours of the station, museum, and training tower as well as fire demonstrations, kids challenges, raffles, and hot dogs.

Lemont Fire Department Open House
September 30, 2017 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lemont Fire Protection District
15900 New Avenue
Lemont, IL 60439
Take a tour of the station, view hose demonstrations, and experience fire safety challenges.

Mokena Lions Club and Fire District Pancake Breakfast and Open House
October 1, 2017 | 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Mokena Fire Station #1
19853 S. Wolf Road
Mokena, IL 60448
Enjoy all you can eat pancakes and sausages while you view live safety demonstrations. Walk through a fire safety trailer, see a car extrication, and climb aboard a fire engine.

2019 Family-Friendly Halloween Events

Tinley Park Fire Department Open House
October 7, 2017 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tinley Park Fire Station #1
17355 68th Court
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Take a tour, spray a hose, and even experience the weight of a real uniform.

Frankfort Fire Department Public Safety Expo
October 7, 2017 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Home Depot
20101 S. LaGrange Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
Come out for fire engines, pumpkin painting, in-store activities, and safety demonstrations.

Homewood Fire Department Open House
October 7, 2017 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Homewood Fire Department
17950 Dixie Highway
Homewood, IL 60430
Come out for tours of the station, truck viewings, and smoke trailer demonstrations.

Calumet City Fire Department Open House
October 7, 2017 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Calumet City Fire Department Training Center
24 State Street
Calumet City, IL 60409
Activities include a car fire, extrication demonstration, mobile smoke trailer, and fire simulators. Goodie bags will be offered for the kids as well as hotdogs, juice, and popcorn.

Alsip Fire Department Open House
October 7, 2017 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Alsip Fire Station #2
11946 S. Laramie Avenue
Alsip, IL 60803
Their festivities will include a fire engine bounce house, obstacle courses, raffles, photo booth, and a ride-on train for the kids.


Go to for more information and activities for kids, such as smoke alarm music videos and printables.

For more kid-friendly events in the west and southwest suburbs, be sure to check out the Kidlist event calendar.

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Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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