Family Friendly Events to Ring in the New Year!

imagesBy Heather Crivellone

The Holiday excitement is over- the presents have been unwrapped and put away and the kids are still buzzing with post holiday excitement. Now it’s on to the next sha-bang, New Years! I’m sure everyone is frantically eating the last of the Christmas cookies, making their New Years Resolutions and wondering if those resolutions will actually “stick” this year. If this is the year that you are planning on losing weight, exercising more, organizing more or whatever you plan to resolve to do- I wish you good luck on all of them.

But before the New Year begins- we still have one last “hoorah”, New Years Eve. If you are trying to find something fun to do with your family- since the kids (or yourself) may or may not stay up until midnight to watch the ball fall and ring in the New Year, I have a few options around town that may be just what you are looking for!

Noon Years Eve Festival-.  An event that everyone can stay awake for!  From 10am-2pm, join others at the Crocker Art Museum and “count down” to the new year at noon, while learning about New Years Eve traditions from around the world.  Enjoy live music, entertainment and more at this family friendly event.

Who Year Party at the Sacramento Children’s Museum: Kids can celebrate the New Year as the clock strikes midnight in various countries throughout the world.  There will be craft activities, bubble-wrap stomp, face painting, and more.  Admission is $7 and this event is 9am-5pm.

Old Sacramento New Years Eve Sky Spectacular.  This is free family fun event to ring in the New Year with Fireworks, entertainment and fun.  Beginning at 6pm, the family can enjoy live music, entertainment, vendors, refreshments and of course the firework spectacular.  There will be two fireworks displays one at 9pm and again at 12am.

New Year’s Eve Blackout Skate: Roller King in Roseville hosts a canned food drive to benefit the Salvation Army. $10, plus canned food items. $20 without donation.  There will be refreshments, games and prizes…and of course, skating the night away! The fun begins at 7 p.m.

New Year’s Eve All-Night Skate: Skate into 2015 at Foothill Skate on Auburn Blvd in Sacramento. The party will begin at 7 p.m. New Year’s Eve and will last until 6 a.m. New Year’s Day. Skaters receive admission, skate rental, hot dog, nachos and a drink. Noisemakers, games, prizes and a balloon shower at midnight. $25 Admission.

So however you plan to spend your New Years, I wish you a very safe a happy holiday and cheers to you and your family and all those resolutions that are about to be made!




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