Fun New Year’s Eve Activities With Kids

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Long gone are the days of me complaining about having no idea what to do for New Year’s Eve. How could I think there was nothing to do when I was childless? The possibilities were endless! I could have done anything! I’ve had some pretty great ones – house parties, dinner and drinks with lots of friends, even Las Vegas. Now we have a third wheel, and our possibilities are a little narrowed down these days.

New Year’s Eve must be the hardest night of the year to get a babysitter. Since I don’t have one, it’s going to be a reservation for for three. With a high chair and crayons. It doesn’t mean we aren’t going to have a good time, but it’s not easy to find something to do that night with kids.

Last year we decided to have an early dinner at kid-friendly Il Fornello, and it was great. There were other groups doing the same thing with kids who had plans like us after diner, or people who were just trying to avoid the rush of couples that would arrive for a romantic dinner later in the night.

Next up we went to Oshawa Celebrates at the Legends Centre. This year it includes jumping castles, zoo animals, free swimming and skating, face painting and crafts! We enjoyed it a lot last year. It was busy, but not so much that we couldn’t enjoy the activities.

It wasn’t easy, but I found a few other kid-friendly events running this year for New Year’s Eve.

 

 

 

 

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Glam Gal Tween Spa Is having a Noon Year’s Eve Party from 12pm-2pm.

For $40.00 children receive a Confetti Manicure, pink champagne, mini hair and make-up applications, and lots of other fun activities are also included.

 

 

 

 

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New Year’s Eve Family Skate in Whitby will include free skating, face painting, balloon artists, ice painting, and jugglers. It sounds a lot like the event in Oshawa, but on a smaller scale.

 

 

 

 

Great-Wolf-Lodge

 

 

Great Wolf Lodge is having a dance party, balloon drop, complimentary champagne toast, punch and party favours for every guest. They will event have a fireworks display!

 

 

 

 

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Blue Mountain Resort is having a Family Celebration party for lodging guests which includes a buffet dinner, karaoke, face painting, fireworks and more.

 

 

 

 

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Neb’s Fun world is having a New Year’s Eve Cosmic Bowl, with four different times to choose from (6:00, 7:30, 9:30 or 11:30). All ages are welcome, and some of the early times would be great for the younger kids.

 

 

 

 

Alight-at-night

 

 

Alight at Night is in Upper Canada Village, and they have a life-size toy train, horse-drawn wagons, a 50-ft high Ferris wheel, and over one million lights through the village.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find a lot out there, but if you know of a fun event where kids can attend, leave the details in the comments section!

My Favourite Stylish Winter Boots

Women's TOFINO kettle-waterproof-winter-boots

 

I’ve never actually owned a real pair of winter boots. I have many pairs of UGGS for cold winter days, but once they get wet they are miserable to wear. This year I thought I could get away with wearing my Hunter boots, but they weren’t keeping my feet warm so I bought these cozy cable knit boot socks instead of splurging on new boots.

 

 

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They were definitely the most expensive socks I have ever purchased at $49.99, but I thought they would be much cheaper than buying new winter boots.

We have a mini getaway planned soon, and we are planning on spending a lot of time outdoors. I hate being cold, so I am thinking about splurging on new boots just in case my expensive socks don’t cut it. Obviously this has been terrible planning on my part since now I have expensive socks, and I’m probably going to buy boots too. Things like this make my husband crazy I’m sure.

Winter boots are a actually pretty fashionable these days, and even my Mom has cute Dior boots that are so nice I’d wear them in the summer. Ok, I think I’ve talked myself into it – I clearly need winter boots! Here are a few of my favourites that I found while shopping online that I’m considering purchasing (unless my Mom is willing to lend/gift me her Dior ones because she loves me so much).

 
 

 
 

Women's TOFINO kettle-waterproof-winter-boots

Sorel Women’s TOFINO kettle Waterproof Winter Boots

 
 

 
 

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Sorel Women’s SLIMPACK RIDING Shale Waterproof Boots

 
 

 
 

ALDO Burket Boots

ALDO Burkett Boots

 
 

 
 

UGG Adirondack Boot

UGG Adirondack Boot

 
 

 
 

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The North Face Thermoball Water Resistant Boot

 
 

 
 

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Icebug Diana Bugrip Winter Boots

 
 

 
 

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Browns Artica Boots

 
 

 
 

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Women’s Joan of Arctic Winter Boots

 
 

Is it a good thing that having a child takes up all of your free time?

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I was obsessed with deciding when I was going to have a baby. I’m a bit of a planner, so I tried to orchestrate my life in such a way that I was totally prepared to take the leap. I felt like I had to have certain things accomplished in my life first because having a baby would hold me back from some of the things I loved and needed to do.

Before I had a baby I had a really active social life – lunch and dinner dates with friends, lots of events on week nights and on the weekends, and in-between I was playing soccer, doing a pole dancing class with Cheeky Girls, doing both a pilates and yoga class, and snowboarding in the winter.

I was a busy girl! I was also working full time, and as a couple my husband and I spent a lot of time travelling.

I was sure having a baby would limit me from doing all of this, so I basically went into overdrive doing as much as I could. I remember saying to my husband that we needed to go on one last trip before the baby because I wasn’t sure if or when we could do it again.

Once I had my son, life stopped for a bit. It was my son, my husband and I in our own little world, trying to navigate our new life. We needed time to get to know each other, get on a schedule, and my husband and I needed time to learn how to keep this little guy happy!

Once I woke up from this mommy haze, I definatly realized that my personal time was limited. I was not only needed, but required for breast feeding, and I had a hard time leaving my son if he was fussy or upset.

I looked at things a lot differently at that point and realized I had to prioritize my time.

Out of everything I was doing, what did I really love to do?

I was keeping soccer, but pilates and yoga had to go. I took up running, which didn’t need to be scheduled, but could be done at a moments notice when my son took a nap, or things were slow at home. Eventually when I went back to work I got a gym membership, and although I rarely go, I only do go on my lunch hour at work so I can keep my nights open.

I sold all of my snowboarding gear since I didn’t really go that often, and instead of taking pole classes at night, I did a mom and baby class on my mat leave.

Travel didn’t stop at all – we just got more creative! This was something that was very important to us and we couldn’t give it up. We took our first trip with our son to the Bahamas when he was 7 months old. I packed like a very paranoid mom and made sure everything he ate on the trip was from home because I was scared he would get sick! He has been on a plane three times now at the age of 2.5, not to mention all of the road trips and weekend getaways he’s been on.

Travelling with a child is absolutely difficult, but it’s possible. We have learned along the way that sometimes he will annoy people on a plane, and that yes he absolutely needs a nap on vacation or he will turn into a raging little human. There was a steep learning curve.

The biggest change to the reduction of my free time was to my social life. I think I’ve been more particular with friendships, and who I choose to spend my time with. It can be really hard to get together with friends like I used to. I have lots of friends who I don’t see nearly enough! It think that’s a big part of getting older as well – with work, children, and just how busy life is in general, I find it’s hard to see my friends as much as I want to.

I also think I choose who I spend my time with more wisely as well. I’ve just stopped bothering with friends who weren’t supportive, who didn’t make an effort to spend time with me the way I did with them, and those who were only bringing something negative to my life.

I think overall having a child and losing much some of my free time was a good thing for me. I wasn’t prioritizing my life. I spent time with people who brought a lot of negativity to my life, and I spent a lot of time doing activities just to keep busy. Spending nights at home used to be something I loathed. I felt like if I wasn’t out doing something every night then I was wasting my time. Now that I am so busy with being a parent, I appreciate taking the time to stop and just be home. My only regret has been that I didn’t take the time to prioritize my life sooner, and focus on the things I really needed and wanted in my life. I’m actually very happy that I have less free time now since I’ve learned how to make the most of the time I have.