9pm Is The New Midnight- aka What To Do On New Year's Eve

Chewbacca's dad and I joke all the time that we've always (even in our early 20s) been 30 year olds who never liked to stay up too late and party too hard. When our friends would schedule things for 9pm, even before we had Chewbacca, I would think "but that's so LATE". So now that we have a 1 year old, I have a socially-acceptable excuse to celebrate New Year's Eve at 9pm and go to sleep at 10pm. And let me tell you, I am really excited about that.

New Year's has never been a favorite holiday of mine. There's a ton of pressure that you MUST.HAVE.FUN. and often times the options to celebrate are expensive and stuffy and crowded and late. Lucky for us parents, Boston has a TON of family friendly stuff going on this year, most of them scheduled by First Night. If you haven't already, go to their website and check out all their offerings for family-friendly things to do. A $10 button will get you admission to all the stuff going on at the Hynes Convention Center, but there are free events also going on around the city. Some of my favorites that I hope to check out (assuming they fit into our nap schedule) include:

  • Boston Children's Museum Noonyear: This will almost certainly be a mob-scene. But I love the Children's museum, and the idea of a kids countdown at noon is almost too cute to pass up.

  • Puppet Showcase: We recently took Chewbacca to a puppet show and he lost his everloving mind he loved it so much. I can't wait for a repeat performance. There are apparently multiple shows throughout the day and I will go to as many as Chewie will tolerate.

  • Family Fireworks at 7pm: It's like First Night KNOWS ME. I wish all fireworks shows started at 7pm (see above description of me going to bed at 10pm). This one starts at 7pm at the Boston Common and lasts for 10 minutes. I'm not sure how a 1 year old will do with fire in the sky and loud booming noises, but I'm thinking pretty well.

In addition to the list of cool stuff happening with First Night, be sure to check out the list over at Winter On the Waterfront. I'm a little biased about how awesome this list is because it's so close to us. But I will probably check out the ice sculptures at Faniuel Hall, ice skating under the Rotunda at the Boston Harbor Hotel, and real talk, I'm definitely stopping by the Maratime Museum at the Battery Wharf Hotel for free cookies and hot chocolate.

I would also be remiss if I didn't point out the coolest event I found, which is sadly too old for Chewbacca. But you better believe once he's 13, I'm sending him to the All Night Sword Adventure. Need I say more? Well, probably because that sounds really weird on its own. But it seems like it's a cosplay event in Burlington for awesomely nerdy kids that goes overnight. Right? This is what I'm saying about New Years. It's a perfect opportunity for an all night nerd-out, but all that's available are overpriced clubs and restaurants. Next year, all night Settlers of Catan party at our house (just kidding, it'll only go to 10pm).

Finally, if you're in the suburbs or have a car, be sure to check out these great options in this roundup from Mommy Poppins. Just be sure to drive safe and have a great night! And let me know if there's anything else I'm missing. Although looking at our schedule, I think we're going to have a pretty packed day already and I can't wait!




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