1 HOT Museum

Nishad driving the firetruck simulator.
Tons of themed trains to play with.

Chief Nishad.

Practing on the fire pole, like the pros!

Rushing down the streets of Minneapolis on the back of a firetruck!

Not being from Minnesota, I like to seek out things that are off the beaten path. Many things I find turn out to be things that people that have lived here all their lives and they don’t know about- or haven’t been too. (I should compose a book!) The event planner in me loves to pull things together and offer suggestions to others. Though the Maple Grove Community Center offers a Junior Firefighter birthday. This place would be ” the” place to have a firefighter themed party– hands down. Another perk, is that you don’t have to be a resident of Maple Grove to have it. Plus, you don’t have to be 34-inches to ride the truck! In addition, you’re supporting a non-profit.

The Firefighters Hall and Museum is a fun place to learn about the history of firefighting, fire prevention and safety. Children can steer the rear end of a ladder truck, try pumping water to put out a simulated fire, slide down the fire pole, operate St. Paul’s old fire alarm switchboard, try on firefighting gear, “drive” a firetruck and even ride on one down the streets of Minneapolis! This hidden gem that I discovered was well worth it! In fact, I believe we know exactly where our fire chief is having his birthday party! The Museum is only open on Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Admission is $6 for adults and $3.00 for children (which includes the firetruck ride!).

Though you gotta love an 80 year old retired Minneapolis fireman that still can flirt with you, be mindful of the kids as certain “collector” and privately owned trucks are not for climbing…and this really upsets the volunteers that work here. Just remember that not everything is “hands on” and to be respectful.