Staying home on New Year's Eve has become a popular choice for young families in recent years. Getting dressed up, stepping out into the cold, and landing stuck in holiday traffic are things we'd rather avoid this year too. Pajamas, popcorn, and a movie sounds more appealing to us. But how do kids fit into this celebration?
Midnight is pretty late for young kiddos to stay awake just to blow some horns and shout "Happy New Year!" Besides, sometimes mom and dad would rather have a kid-free, calm setting to watch the ball drop and ring in the new year alone. This year, we plan to create new holiday memories with the little ones while making sure they're rested up for the first of the year with a little help from Netflix.
On December 26, the streaming site is releasing 14 family friendly series and movies that end with a countdown, so midnight can happen at any time you choose. As long as it's dark outside and the enthusiasm is high, your kids won't know the difference between 9 p.m. and midnight. Celebrate the new year early and have the kiddos happily tucked in hours before the clock actually strikes midnight. Genius.
Gather your noisemakers, confetti, and champagne—or sparkling grape juice for the kids—and search "countdowns" on Netflix. Your New Year's Eve party begins the moment you push play on one of these fun flicks—no matter what time the clock reads.
Alexa and Katie
Alexa and Katie have been friends since they were little. Watch as they start high school together and experience a rollercoaster of emotions. This heartfelt film showcases the power of friendship as outgoing Alexa deals with an unexpected cancer diagnoses.
Prince of Peoria
Emil is a wealthy 13 year-old prince and he has just started school in the United States as a foreign exchange student. As he gets to know his classmate Teddy, he learns the true meaning of friendship.
This mockumentary animated film stars Pinky Malinky, a cheerful hotdog living in a human world. Together with his best friends, he navigates the ups and downs of school. Watch as he achieves things no ordinary hotdog has before!
Boss Baby is no ordinary infant! Watch as he leaves his cubicle and takes on his mortal enemy—puppies! With his brother, Tim, and a briefcase filled with secret weapons, he works to ensure babies get all the love.
Ben, an eight-year-old boy with a huge imagination, has an amazing ability. He can bring art to life with his magical paintbrush. Follow along and enjoy classic Motown songs sung by the characters.
Ever wonder what it's like to be cast away on an island? Follow the lives of insects, animals, and a human in this laugh-out-loud film. They'll discover everything from food to unexpected friends.
The best way to achieve victory for those at Skylanders Academy is to work as a team. This group of heroes protects the universe from evil using their unique skills. Watch as they learn to trust each other to restore harmony to all the lands.
The story from the classic 90s sitcom picks up as DJ Tanner raises her 3 kids. After the death of her husband, she turns to her best friends, Kimmy and Stephanie for support, love, and a few laughs.
These aren't your ordinary preschoolers! Drac, Cleo, Katya, Zoe, Frankie, and Lobo are humans by day and magic mosters by night. While at Pitchfork Pines Preschool, they work together to master their unique superpowers.
True and the Rainbow Kingdom
Journey to the magical Rainbow Kingdom and watch as True, the guardian of the land, keeps peace and harmony. Along with her cat Bartleby, she uses creative thinking to solve unexpected problems. This series is based on artwork by the Friends With You fine art collective.
Tales of Arcadia
This computer-animated sci-fi story stars a trio of aliens. With their planet destroyed by Civil War, they take on human guises on Earth as they search for a way to resolve the conflict. However, they begin to love the new planet they call home. Will they stay or travel back to their former planet?
Famous songs by the Beatles star in this heartfelt animated series. Watch as five bugs learn about the world from the security of their suburban backyard. Each episode is filled with music, adventure, and lessons.
All Hail King Julien
Your favorite animal king is back! Watch as King Julien and his quirky sidekicks work to save their land. This family-friendly film is loaded with adventures, friendship, and some party-worthy dance moves.
Spirit Riding Free
Inspired by Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, this animated film stars a mustang with a wild spirit. Experience thrilling adventures as Spirit meets his match in a girl named Lucky. Together, they discover the true meaning of friendship and freedom.