Happy Half Birthday to You

Celebrate the Midway Mark

half birthday party kits!

When you have young children, there’s always an excuse to celebrate. Went pee-pee in the potty? Call the relatives. Counted to twenty? Ice cream all around.

Get extra mileage out of the mother of all milestones with Half Birthday Party Kits. The packages of paper tableware (with colorful illustrations of half slices of cake and half party hats) and shiny balloons proudly announce that your little reveler has hit the midway mark.

The loot was created by a proud Arizona grandmother and her son, who on their site give ideas on how to throw a bash six months after the big day. (Our favorite tip: Sing only half of the birthday song.)

We love the silliness of it all, especially for kids with b-days in the middle of winter (sorry, stuck inside again), over summer break (shucks, no school party), or smack-dab on another holiday (“Merry Christmas, oh, and happy birthday, Timmy”).

Now everyone can live it up to the fullest.

Available online at halfbirthdayparties.com, $4-$15.

birthday party ideas!Surprise! There are more ways to party hearty.

this week in boston!

The Salem Maritime Festival

What: Make a trip to the historic wharf for kite building, cruises, and a muck walk.
Why: Horse-drawn wagons appeal to tykes who’ve not yet gotten their sea legs.
When: Fri., 6:30-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Salem Maritime Historic Site, 160 Derby St., Salem (978-740-1650). Admission is free.

Nature Play Day

What: Pack a picnic and enjoy outdoorsy fun like hayrides and hiking.
Why: Ducks and reptiles take center stage at the wildlife demos.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 S. Great Rd., Lincoln (781-259-2200). Admission is free.

Craft Workshops in the Park

What: Drop by for hands-on activities led by local artists (ages 3-10).
Why: Less mess at your house.
When: Thurs., 9 a.m.-noon. (Also Aug. 11.)
Where: Hayes Park, W. Canton St., at Warren Ave. Participation is free.

Photo: Courtesy of Half Birthday Parties

Salem Maritime Historic Site
160 Derby St
Salem, MA 01970
Hayes Park
W Canton St
@ Warren Ave
Boston, MA
208 S Great Rd
Lincoln, MA 01773