If you’re not heading out on the town for New Year's Eve (and dishing out a small fortune for babysitting!), then you're probably planning to celebrate the beginning of 2019 with your kids!
Many parents love ringing in the new year with their little ones, but none of us want to battle it out with tired children on New Year's Day—especially not with a champagne headache!
Watch the countdown early with Netflix.
10, 9, 8, or 7 PM, whatever works for your kids!
Gone are the days of waiting for live New Year’s Eve countdowns to air on television! You can choose your very own time to ring in the new year, thanks to Netflix! This feature has been around for a few years, but they continue to add more characters/shows to the lineup! This year Netflix will have New Year’s Eve countdowns featuring Larva Island, Beat Bugs, Boss Baby, Fuller House, All Hail King Julien, and more!
After December 26, you just search “countdown” on Netflix to ring in 2019, just in time for bedtime!
Don’t ditch the bedtime routines
Bedtime routines are essential for everyone, especially children. Regular schedules and habits around going to sleep, help us get the rest we need and allow people of all ages to be their best during the day. Establishing and maintaining healthy, consistent sleep habits will help your child fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up rested, even on NYE! If you’re opting for an early countdown on Netflix, choose a time that will allow you to still get them to bed at a reasonable hour without skipping their usual routine for bed.
Celebrate the new year during the day!
Here in the Calgary area, we have some fantastic family fun activities happening to help you ring in the New Year! (If you’re not local to Calgary I bet Google can help you find family friendly actives in your region! Try searching “New Year’s Eve Activities for Families <your city>”.)
Okotoks Recreation will have all day fun starting at 9:30 AM with free swimming! Be sure to catch the fireworks at 7! They’ll be setting them off from Lineham Park. Learn more about the New Year’s Eve Party at Okotoks Recreation.
The City of Calgary has a ton of activities going on for New Year’s Eve 2019, including pool parties at Southland Leisure Center and Village Square Leisure Center. Learn more about New Year’s Eve events at the City of Calgary.
Make an Exception!
It's okay to make exceptions once in a while! Creating memories and sharing the special moments of the holidays are what it's all about! Go ahead and enjoy a late night with the family. Get back on track in the new year!
I hope all of you have a magical Christmas and a happy new year, without losing too much sleep!