Family-friendly suggestions for New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve fireworks (courtesy c r i s at flickr's Creative Commons)I have a new article up on the Web site for those of you who can see past Christmas (yep, it’s tough for me, too.) It has some suggestions for places to take the kids on the night of December 31st.

They’re going to want to stay up, too, and enjoy the festivities that the grown-ups seem to be all excited about, but maybe you want to avoid the whole tipsy-party-hat scene.

My solution? First Night celebrations across the U.S..

First Night is an international phenomenon that started in 1976 in Boston, when some local artists were looking for an alcohol-free, creative approach to celebrating the New Year.

The idea is to bring out the arts in a way that everyone can enjoy, at a minimal cost.

There is an international list of cities that hold these fun events, but my article just covers a few representative ones in the U.S.: Boston MA, Austin TX, Spokane WA, Evanston IL, State College PA and St. Petersburg FL.

Did I miss any good ones?

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