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.

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this week in miami!

Neptunes Kids Swimwear Opens

What: Both boys and girls make a statement on the beach in lines like Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Bobby Mack.
Why: A selection of sunscreens and shades keeps bathing beauties safe.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Fri., 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 6950 SW 40th St. (877-994-2678).

Adventure Fun Day

What: Go fishing, munch on snacks from food trucks, and take a dip in the pool.
Why: Impress little mermaids with the floating trampoline and inflatable slide.
When: Sun., noon-3 p.m.
Where: Miami Rowing & Watersports Center, 3601 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne. Participation is free.

Dog Days of Summer

What: Cool off beside the bay and watch talented pups from Miami Police Canine Detail and Paws in Motion do tricks.
Why: The Humane Society of Greater Miami will be on-site with pooches for adoption.
When: Sun., noon-4:30 p.m.
Where: The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove (305-442-6866). Adults and children, $2; under 5, free.

Photo: Courtesy of Half Birthday Parties

Miami Rowing & Watersports Center
3601 Rickenbacker Cswy
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Neptunes Kids Swimwear
6950 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33155
3485 Main Hwy
Miami, FL 33133