It’s a childhood rite of passage to try to stay up until midnight and fail miserably. I don’t know how many attempts it took for me to finally make it to the ball drop, and we won’t even talk about how I’ve seriously regressed in that area ever since entering parenthood. It’s definitely a transition to go from your pre-kid days to celebrating New Year’s Eve with kids, but it can be just as fun—just a different kind of fun.
With the toddler crowd, you know there’s no point in even suggesting they stay up. They’ll never make it, and you’ll end up with a cranky kid for all of New Year’s Day. So here are some ways to trick the clock and let your little one in on the fun
Celebrate Noon Year’s Eve. We love this concept of a Noon Year’s Eve party—so clever! Throw in the towel early and have fun while everyone is still in good spirits!
Borrow a New Time Zone for the Day. Folks on the west coast can easily shout “Happy New Year” along with NYC at 9pm PT, but even east coasters can get in on this cheating-the-clock action. Check in with BBC or search for London webcams online to celebrate New Year’s in London at a chipper 7pm ET.
Count Down on Your Own Time. Really you can pick any time for your official countdown. It can be the kids’ normal bedtime and no one needs to be the wiser. So put on your party hats, shake your homemade noisemakers and throw some confetti!
And make sure you check our list of tried-and-true favorites for more things to do with your kiddos this NYE:
10 Things to Do with Kids on New Year’s Eve
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