According to a survey commissioned by Netflix this year, 77% of U.S. parents with children aged 3-13 say they prefer to stay at home than go out on New Year’s Eve (we're surprised it's not more!), leaving them looking to make the most of an evening with the family this December 31st. But while convincing your little ones it’s time for bed can be a struggle at the best of times, throw in the knowledge that 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 two- to 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 2018.

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 ten New Year’s Eve countdown shorts on UAE Netflix, featuring the gang from King Julien, True and the Rainbow Kingdom, Larva Island, Boss Baby, Pinky Malinky, Super Monsters, Beat Bugs, Alexa and Katie, Prince of Peoria and Tales of Arcadia. To find them simply search the phrase ‘Countdown’ on Netflix, select 'New Year's Eve Countdown Collection' and rest easy in the knowledge that when this evening 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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