We all know children and even toddlers who fight the Sandman and stay up past their bedtime, past 10 o’clock, past midnight even—and even though the circles under their little toddler eyes are getting darker and darker against their clear baby skin and they’re walking in circles or talking nonsense (or more nonsense than usual). But dang if those eyes still refuse to close.
Some parents we know wake their kids on New Year’s Eve so their little darlings may watch the ball drop in Times Square. No, it’s not live. The wee ones are jostled awake to “see” the new year arrive on a little box, or maybe nowadays on a big box, a 60-inch monstrosity, but it’s still not live, and in fact it’s a 3-hour time delay for the West Coast folks.
Instead of creating a cranky Kathy or a ferocious Fred, parents have the option this New Year’s Eve of going to Kidspace, which is offering the kids a new year’s celebration at the most civilized of hours, 12 noon. Why, that’s lunchtime; our favorite meal of the day. How convenient.
Noon Year’s Eve begins at 10 in the morning. Bring the kids early and they may make party hats and noise makers, then dance to the music of Clint Perry & the Boo Hoo Crew. Finally, count down to the “noon” year arrives at 12 sharp, culminating in a balloon drop (just like the adults get). After more rollicking and party-hardy, it’s time to be driven home by a responsible, age-appropriate driver; everyone is happy and sober—though maybe a little belly-full of sparkling cider—and it’s time to nap it off. Happy New Year.
Noon Year’s Eve
Tuesday, Dec. 31st, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Kidspace, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena 91103
Cost: price of admission, $10
KidspaceMuseum.org or call 626.449.9144
Note: Leave enough time to navigate the Rose Parade traffic. The parade runs 8-9:30 a.m., and kickoff for the Rose Bowl Game is 2:20 p.m.