We’re not big New Years Eve people here at the SFM house, mainly because the idea of staying up until midnight lost its appeal about two kids ago.
But, there is something about a shiny, New Year all full of promise. If you and your kiddos want to mark the occasion, here are some ideas for a kid friendly New Years in the South Sound!
First Night is a big, family friendly event in downtown Tacoma. Area museums have various hands-on projects, and performance venues will have special kid friendly shows. There is also a variety of live entertainment, both on stage and roving.
All the activities are free once you purchase a special “First Night,” button, which also gets you into all the downtown museums and gives you a discount on ice skating. Buttons are 10.00 for adults and free for kids 10 and under. Wait until the 31st and the price goes up 4.00. You can get them at participating businesses or online. You can check out the complete schedule of events and get much more first night information here.
Park for free at the Tacoma Dome Station and take the link into the heart of the activities.
Want something quieter? Zoolights and Fantasy Lights are both open on New Years Eve, though not until midnight!
Or maybe you just want to wear the kids out and ring in the New Year quietly with your favorite T.V. host or your significant other. Pump it Up! has a special jump event in the morning for 2-6 year olds that just might do the trick. This event is 10.00 and includes juice and pizza. There is a similar event in the evening for 9-12 year olds. I’m not sure what six-eight year olds are meant to do…..I’ll try to ask the friendly Pump it Up folks! Reservations suggested.
Discovery Village in Gig Harbor also has an afternoon event planned.
If you’re one of my Puyallup area readers, Melinda from Tiffany’s Skate Inn wrote in to let me know about their New Year’s party. 16.00 gets you admission, skate rental, prizes, and more. The event runs 7:30-12:30 and includes a balloon drop. Adult, non-skating chaperones are free. We always enjoy Tiffany’s, and I think this would be a nice choice for the tween age crowd. You can purchase tickets online to save some time, or at the door.
Of course, another alternative is to find a sitter (good luck with that) and enjoy an adult evening.
Your sister already booked grandma? Consider partying with some of your pals. You can pick a time zone and celebrate the New Year at a kid friendly hour. Do some easy crafts if you want. We did this one year with our friends Mike and Jen, and it really was a lot of fun. The kids all jumped up and down and blew horns along with New York and everyone got off the roads well before midnight, which was great.
If you know of something fun, I missed, let me know!