By Brandy Black
Once I became a parent, New Year’s Eve was never quite the same. I have certainly tried to find special ways to show our children what ringing in the new year is all about. I’ve planned special dinners so the kids could feel grown-up. I’ve assembled slide shows of prior years’ special moments. We’ve toasted with fancy champagne glasses filled with sparkling cider and hosted child-appropriate game nights. And we’ve cuddled on the couch to watch the ball drop in New York. But no matter how hard I try, no matter how much thought I give to each detail, it’s inevitable: the kids get grumpy with the late hour, and everything I envisioned ends up feeling a bit lackluster.
This year though, I think I have the answer: Kidspace Children’s Museum’s NOON Year’s Eve. Brilliant! Why wait until midnight (or the 9pm, east coast version)?! My kids will celebrate at noon with live music, streamers, sparkling cider, and a balloon drop as we bid farewell to the old and welcome in the new. We’ll arrive early to make party hats and noisemakers, and we’ll dance to the music of Clint Perry and the Boohoo Crew (performing at 11:30 am). And then my family will excitedly countdown to the “noon” year at, that’s right, 12:00 pm! Again, brilliant!
So if you live in Los Angeles, join us in celebrating the new year, family-style! And if you don’t live nearby, you might adopt this plan for your kids, in the comfort of your own home. The nice part is, the night is left open for us parents to do our own thing! I might plan an intimate dinner party with friends for our own grown-up festivities! (Hmmm…now I just need a babysitter…)
Wednesday, December 31, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Arrive early as admission lines get long due to Rose Bowl Parade traffic.