The new year is almost here and like usual I'm looking forward to a fun-filled family centered celebration. Though most new year's celebrations might involve boozing and bar hopping, there's another genre of "partying" when it comes to ringing in the new year with kids in tow! There's plenty going on in and around major cities and bustling neighborhoods, so if you're still looking for something to do with your little ones come New Year's Eve, try out one of these suggestions:
Ages 0-12 (quick tip: encourage your kids to take a late afternoon nap if you want them up until mid-night or simply do some of the following activities earlier in the day when it's convenient for your little ones):
- Game night: stay in with plenty of games, your children's favorite foods and activities the whole family will enjoy i.e NYE themed arts and crafts (make calendars), bake yummy desserts (decorate cookies) or other interactive projects. Don't forget to stock up on noisy NYE props and 2013 decorations. This is an especially fun plan for folks with very young kiddos!
- Fireworks show: these are a must for most families since kids of all ages love fireworks. So bundle up and hit local beaches or parks in your neighborhhood for an activity the whole family will love!
- Ice Skating: plenty of cities have outdoor ice skating venues during the holidays. Think NYC or Downtown LA. It's simply gorgeous. A friend of mine recently took her four kiddos ice skating to downtown LA and rode the metro (eliminating traffic and parking issues).
- Theme parks or theme park surroundings: Disneyland is obviously a great choice for California residents, but if you don't want to take on the park, take on the surrounding shops and restaurants with kid-friendly vendors and activities i.e. Downtown Disney and Universal City Walk. Plus theme parks have some of the best NYE fireworks shows.
- Midnight Movie: you probably won't ring in the new year in your typical way, but a late night 3-D movie is something your kids would be sure to enjoy!
- Glow-in-the-dark miniature golf: my 6 year old loves this and it's a super fun activity to engage in while waiting for the clock to strike midnight!
Have fun and don't forget to tell us how it goes!