Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Family Tips For Ringing In The New Year

NoonYearsEveThere are a lot of decisions to make about how to spend New Year’s Eve. There is the traditional party with a countdown to that first kiss or the ever popular First Night celebrations. Some families tend to stay home while others attend fancy parties. The focus is on fun.

Plattsburgh’s Imaginarium Children’s Museum will be taking a different approach to the New Year celebration with a mid-day event that is focused on the family. The event allows parents with young children to celebrate Noon Year’s Eve celebration that allows parents to focus on family with plenty of time to get the kids home to a sitter for later, adults oriented year-end celebrations.

According to Imaginarium Director Kelly Frederick, the festivities will kick off at 10 am when families can work on a rain stick to make some noise during the museum’s noon countdown to the Ball Drop.

“There will be other crafts as well,” says Frederick. “We also want to bring some element of fireworks so we will do a science experiment that is called ‘Fireworks in a Bottle.’ We use dye in water and watch it expand. Our target age is generally children three to seven years of age. I want to make sure that kids can access something that isn’t normally offered in Plattsburgh. I wanted to make sure there was something going on.”

The rest of the museum will be open during its regular hours on New Year’s Day (10 am to 4:30 pm), but the Noon Year portion of the celebration will end with a 12:30 pm family-friendly juice toast.

If you won’t be in the Plattsburgh area, I can vouch for the multi-generational activities at numerous First Night venues. Throughout the years we’ve attended the original Boston location, Burlington, and Saratoga Springs First Nights as well as the Saranac Lake event – each holds its own special charm.

All First Night celebrations offer families a non-alcoholic opportunity to bring in the New Year with creative events, hands-on activities, and live music.

This year my family will be part of Saranac Lake First Night. Though our role is small, we hope to add some fun to the festivities. We will be in the lobby of the Harrietstown Town Hall on December 31st from 6  to 7 pm offering face painting and balloon animals. So bring your little ones to the Stephen Gratto Family Circus and stop by our table for a bit of holiday cheer, before or after the performance. This event has provided so much entertainment to my family, and this is our way of giving a little back.

However you choose to welcome in 2015, please be safe. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!


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Diane Chase

Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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