Kids Up North: Kid Friendly New Year's Eve Celebrations

Break out the kid-friendly bubbly and prepare to party family-style at these Northern Michigan New Year’s Eve Bashes from Petoskey to Traverse City.  From babysitting on-site to a midnight (wink, wink) ball-drop, here’s a list of events planned with the pint-sized in mind.

Creative Families Unite
Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey End the year with an artistic bang.  Performances and workshops in dance, theater, music and more will be happening from 5-9 p.m. At the end of the alcohol-free festivities, little ones can pretend they made it until midnight and gather on Division Street in Petoskey to watch the ball drop. Reservations strongly suggested. crookedtree.org

Savor Every Second
Boyne Mountain Alpine glow takes on a new meaning on December 31.  The annual torchlight parade and fireworks show illuminates the slopes starting at 9:15 p.m.. There’s plenty to do before that too: horse-drawn sleigh rides, zip line, family-friendly buffet, bonfire, movie and more.  Have teens that are ready for some ‘rent free time?  They can ring in 2011 with other angst-filled adolescents thanks to an Avalanche Bay Teen Dance Party, happening from 9-1 a.m. boyne.com

Hey Kids, See You Next year!
Raven Hill Discovery Center in East Jordan It isn’t everyday you get to have a sleepover with snakes and lizards, so kids will dig this overnight bash complete reptile holding, monkey bread making, hot cocoa sipping.  Oh, and you grown ups can stay too, but only if you want—there are chaperones ready to watch ages 4-14 from 6p.m.-9 a.m. Pre-registration required. ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org

Check the Children at the Door
Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City We all love of our little ones, but let’s face it: trading pizza and television for high heels and fancy food on the last night of the year isn’t such a bad idea.  The folks at Grand Traverse have families covered with two parties.  Grown-ups can indulge in a plated-six course meal before hitting the dance floor with the Bay Area Big Band, while kids ages 6-14 can swim, play games, and generate plenty of supervised mayhem from 6 p.m.-1 a.m. The resort has a sitting service available for those totting toddlers or babies.  Reservations required. grandtraverseresort.com  

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