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Counting Down! New Years Eve with Kids

Happy New Year TWSS

Remember New Years Eve before kids? You had the option to go out wherever you want, stay out as late as you’d like with no worries about what was going on back home.

Not so much anymore. Ha!

But it’s not like New Years Eve isn’t fun anymore. Quite the opposite. We have figured out that celebrating with kids is actually loads of fun and have come up with some great ideas for New Years Eve with kids (including a multi-family party, family game night and even sledding). However the debate that we always have every year is how late to let the kids stay up?

Netflix Canada surveyed Canadian parents to ask them how they planned to celebrate New Year’s Eve with their kids. Turns out 42% say they won’t let their children stay up until midnight. 35% of parents said they would adjust the clocks in order to celebrate the New Year earlier, and 30% would be looking for a countdown from a different time zone.

Because seriously, these children don’t understand the value of sleeping in so if I put them to bed at 8pm, they are up at 6am. If I put them to bed at midnight, they are up at… 6am. Oy! I don’t mind so much, I can function on little sleep. However my kids cannot and keeping them up late has always turned in to a miserable day. Who wants to start 2015 with miserable, cranky kids?  Not I!

That’s why this year we are having a King Julien New Years Eve Countdown.

You already know how much I love Netflix and we are also all huge fans of the new Netflix Original show All Hail King Julien (you may remember him from the Madagascar films – definitely worth a watch). Netflix is offering parents a fun way to ring in the New Year with their kids – at any time of night you wish!

The spot is 3 minutes long and you choose when to start it. You’ll want to crank up the music and have a family dance party with this one (I already took a sneak peak and it’s loads of energy packed in to those 3 minutes)! At the end, they do a countdown to the New Year. We will have our noise makers out for sure!

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From my family to yours, we wish you a safe and happy New Years eve and all the best in 2015. I also want to thank you for hanging around in 2014 – it was by far the best year yet for both my blogs: That’s What She Said and That Jenn Perry and I’m thrilled to be heading in to the new year with so many fabulous ideas on how to make it even better in 2015.

xo – J

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Jenn Perry

The author Jenn Perry

Entrepreneur, Child-Wrangler and Domestic-Goddess-Wannabe, Jenn is a married, mother of two. She is also the founder of That's So Social and Editor in Chief of Travel Mavens. Likes: travel, eggs benedict, yoga pants, dogs, and Netflix.