Convincing your little ones it’s time for bed can be a struggle at the best of times, but throw in the knowledge that’ll they’ll be missing out on an exciting celebratory moment with the rest of the family and you might as well be trying to persuade them that birthdays aren’t all that fun.   

But for the last few years online TV and movie service Netflix has come to the rescue with a parenting hack that’s got mums and dads sighing in relief whilst they (oh so quietly) pop open the bottle of fizz and toast the New Year with the kids already sleeping soundly.

From December 26th Netflix makes available a series of three-minute countdown videos featuring a host of popular animated characters. The idea is that you don’t have to wait until midnight to hail in the new year with the kids, but sneakily shift the celebrations a couple (make that three or four) hours earlier by playing a video that sees the characters partying through the night before counting down the last ten seconds of 2017.

Kids can then be packed off to bed happy that they’ve participated and none the wiser that the rest of the world is still waiting for the clock to strike twelve.  

There are currently nine New Year’s Eve countdown shorts on UAE Netflix, featuring the gang from King Julien, True and the Rainbow Kingdom, Larva, Trollhunters, Puffin Rock, Pororo, Beat Bugs, Jim Henson’s Word Party and Skylanders Academy. To find them simply search the phrase ‘Countdown’ on Netflix and rest easy in the knowledge that when December 31st comes around you’ve got a game plan to ensure a night of age-appropriate fun for all.  

The shorts will be available for another month until January 31st. See a preview of what’s in store here:  

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