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New Year's Eve is a time of celebration and refection. While going to glamorous parties may be out of the question with little ones, there are many ways you can celebrate the new year, together!


10 Ways To Ring In The New Year With The Family


1)      Make a list of family goals for the new year. Sit down together as a family (perhaps during dinner?) and talk about what everyone hopes to do in 2015. Keep the conversation loose and flowing. This is just a fun brainstorm session. You can get into the details and "This won't happen in a million years" talk later.


2)    Cook a traditional NYE meal. There are loads of lucky foods to eat during New Years Eve. For example, you should eat greens and black eyed peas for luck with money, 12 grapes for a little luck each month (In Spain, you consume them at the stroke of midnight), pork for progress in the New Year, Shrimp for long life, herring roe for fertility, and dried sardines for good harvest. Do NOT eat chicken (it scratches backwards and flies away) or Lobster (it crawls backwards). Also, be sure to leave food on the table at midnight and a bit on your plate at dinner.


3)      Go to The Downtown 31 New Year's Eve celebration! "You are invited for our early countdown to 9:00pm. When the clock strikes 9 we will drop thousands of Ping Pong Balls in Riverfront Park! Keep your collectible ping pong ball and see if you were one of our lucky winners! 100 winning balls will receive prize giveaways. Balls drop at 9:00pm in Riverfront Park, 600 Sophia Street. FREE, family friendly event!"


4)     Volunteer at a charity close to your family's heart. If you don't have a specific one yet, this would be a great time to find one! Check out our list of local non- profits here.


5)      Do a countdown at noon instead of at midnight! Have the kids smash a piñata, blow noisemakers,  or toss balloons in the air.


6)      Watch countries around the world ring in the new year. Many news channels will be airing celebrations around the world as they happen.


7)      Check out our calendar for local NYE events! Many local businesses will be having events during the day for the little guys (The Children's Museum and several YMCAs, for example). You can find them and even a few fancy grown up parties, on our comprehensive Family Events Calendar.


8)      Record a list of your children’s favorite things that year.  Take a moment to write down all of your kid's current favorite things. Favorite color, movie, food, song, teen heartthrob... Keep the list somewhere safe to compare it with next year's list!


9)      If your HOA allows, light sparkers after dinner and drink sparking grape juice. Who says you have to wait until midnight to see fireworks?! The party is anytime you want it to be!!


10)   Make sure to kiss the ones you love at midnight… even if they’re already tucked snugly in bed.


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Pouches Visits the Past


If Pouches' experience at History Camp is any indication, your son or daughter will enjoy joining Washington Heritage Museums and the George Washington Foundation for History Camp in Fredericksburg. The week-long day camp will be held June 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.

Young historians discover American history with hands-on experiences as they walk in the footsteps where the history of Fredericksburg, and a budding America, was created. The camp complements the history taught in classrooms with activities such as soap making, code breaking, colonial crafts, penmanship and much more.