Celebrate New Year with the kids before you party
So, we are winding down the 2008 holiday season and New Year's Eve is the one that usually doesn't include children. Unlike Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, the New Year's scene is all about dressing up, going out and having fun -- without the kids.
You can still do that if you already have your babysitter lined up. But during the daylight hours of New Year's Eve, you can celebrate with your kids and their friends. Check out these fun ways to ring in 2009 with your children before you put on that little black dress.
Decorate your house. Put up a Happy New Year banner, and have balloons, streamers, confetti (if you dare), hats, tiaras and noisemakers. No New Year's party would be complete without them.
Plan plenty of fun activities. This site suggests making resolutions and making and burying a time capsule. What would you put in there for posterity? You can also plan crafts or make your own New Year's word search.
Finger food for little fingers. The possibilities are endless. Fashion food for the little ones that you might find at an adults-only party. In fact, since this is for kids how about food in miniature: mini quiche and egg rolls, cheese cubes, pigs in blankets (yum!) and veggies and dip would be great choices. Top it off with their favorite drink and mini chocolate chip cookies and the menu is set.
Counting down to the New Year -- in other countries. We did this one year with friends. We found countries that were ahead of the U.S. in the time zone and as their midnight approached, we would count down and cue the noisemakers. You can also countdown to a specific hour, like bedtime or just have your countdown at noon.
Let someone else do it. If all of that sounds like too much, celebrate the New Year with the entire family at Noon Year’s Eve, featuring Radio Disney, from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Tickets, which include games, arts and crafts and a juice toast, are $18.95, $17.95 seniors, $14.50 ages 3-11. Call (813) 935-8552 for more information.
Cheers to a happy, healthy and kid friendly 2009!
-- Sherry Robinson
[Photo: Times files of 2007 Noon Year's Eve celebration]