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 washington d.c.!

Come & Blow Your Horn

What: Prelude Brass teaches mini musicphiles the history of instruments and plays a few tunes.
Why: Shofars and conch shells add some unexpected noises.
When: Sat., 10-10:45 a.m.
Where: Reston Town Center, Reston Town Square Park, 11900 Market St., Reston. Info at 703-476-9377. Participation is free.

The Wind in the Willows
What: Mr. Toad’s friends try to intervene when he recklessly gets behind the wheel (ages 4 and up).
Why: You’re in for a wild ride.
When: Thru Aug. 14. Tues.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.; Sat. & Sun., 1:30 & 4 p.m.
Where: Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Tickets at 301-280-1660 or online at imaginationstage.org. Adults and children, $10-$22.

Fairfax County 4-H Fair
What: Visit the old-fashioned carnival, catch family-friendly performances, and watch a sheep shearing demo.
Why: Dizzying coasters not your thing? Hop on a wagon for a tamer time.
When: Thurs.-Sun. Schedule online at 4hfairfax.org.
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 W. Ox Rd., Herndon (703-437-9101). Admission is free.

Photo: Courtesy of Half Birthday Parties

Reston Town Center
11900 Market St
Reston, VA 20190
Frying Pan Farm Park
2709 W Ox Rd
Herndon, VA 20171
Imagination Stage
4908 Auburn Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814