So, just because you have kids that doesn’t mean that NYE has to be boring. Here are a few ideas to countdown to the New Year and still get the kids in bed before midnight. Then, if you’re like me, you can celebrate by being extremely quiet and marathon-ing (that’s a verb, right?) a favorite Netflix/Hulu/or other platform show while enjoying  your favorite guilty pleasure (PB M&Ms with popcorn) and falling asleep shortly before midnight missing the entire ball drop celebration. Y’know, whatever you like.

Try creating an entire evening schedule (games, food, movies, PJs!) establishing the theme of enjoying family and celebrating the last few hours of the year. Try this fun free printable schedule here. You can adjust it to your family’s schedule and ideas.

Spend some time crafting this adorable paper plate noisemaker that will help get everyone in the spirit. Don’t worry, you don’t have to use glitter.

Major bonus, Netflix has given you the opportunity to celebrate the countdown on your own time. Also, you or your kids can choose a specific themed countdown. Just log on to Netflix and search “New Years Eve” to find all of the available choices. Be sure to break out all of the party hats, noisemakers, and make it an official countdown celebration! Then, usher those littles to bed.

If you are (by some odd chance) still awake at midnight, you can catch Disney’s Fantasy in the Sky fireworks celebration. Just visit the official Disney Parks Blog main page on Thursday night about five minutes before the beginning of the fireworks show at 11:50 pm EST to catch the start of the live stream. Then you can just sit back and enjoy what is sure to be an amazing show!

If you’re wanting to experience a celebration that you don’t have to clean up, there’s several NYE things to do in/around Huntington on Wednesday and Thursday. Check the calendar to see details about events at Cabell Library, The Clay Center, Highlands Discovery Museum, several local bowling alleys, and more.

Here’s to a magical end to 2015 and an adventurous 2016!