If you are like me with kids at home, going out for New Year’s Eve isn’t always an option. For the past few years we’ve been whooping it up with fellow parents and it can be even more fun than squeezing into high heels and fighting crowds at overpriced events. Check out these great ways for celebrating New Year’s Eve with your kids.
Last New Year’s Eve, we celebrated with several families for a Colorful And Glittery New Year’s Eve. With fun crafts, props and easy treats, it was a great way to ring in 2013.
If you have some sewing skills, head over to Fiskars and set the scene with this DIY number banner.
Paging Supermom’s very stylish and easy party ideas plus free printables makes an impromptu celebration a snap! Black and white is a classic scheme that will go with any of your decor items.
Make your own party poppers with One Charming Party…psst…Wilton makes push pop containers so you can find them at craft stores.
If you want to head out with the kids to celebrate, head to your local children’s museum. Seattle Children’s Museum, Everett’s Imagine Children’s Museum, and Bellevue’s KidsQuest Children’s Museum all have daytime New Year’s Eve activities that are free with admission. Imagine Children’s Museum is also having a New Year’s Eve Party from 6 – 9 p.m., pre-registration is required.
Families south of Seattle and in Tacoma have made First Night their New Year’s Eve tradition for over 20 years! It doesn’t begin until 6:30 p.m., which is perfect if you have older kids. This (alcohol-free) arts-centered New Year’s Eve festival in Tacoma’s downtown theatre district includes everything from The World’s Shortest Parade to music, dance, and magic on up to 20 different stages and spaces until midnight.
The outdoor events are free to all festival goers; kids 10 and older can purchase a $10 limited edition button and receive free admission to the Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum and Children’s Museum of Tacoma as well as free admission to Tacoma’s Franciscan Polar Plaza ice skating rink.
And if you are a real rock star, bundle everyone up and head to the Seattle Center! Starting at 8 p.m., ring in the new year to the sounds of THE NINES and after the show, head outside to watch a spectacular fireworks show under the Space Needle starting at midnight. Be prepared to rock out this year with music by Macklemore and Pearl Jam during the fireworks this year because for the first time ever, indie station KEXP will be doing the musical score for the annual show.
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