For a few years now, Netflix has been providing kid-friendly fake New Year's Eve countdowns so you can put them to bed early and enjoy your adults-only party. They're back again this year with a bunch of new videos.
To find the countdowns, which can be started at any time, search "Countdowns" on Netflix. Then, a few hours before midnight, you can tell your child that it's almost time to count down until the new year and pop on one of Netflix's 10 videos. Each video lasts from one to five minutes. Once they're done, put the kids to bed and enjoy your real party, child-free. The videos feature characters from a variety of kid-friendly shows including the following:
- Chasing Cameron
- Fuller House
- Project Mc2
- Skylanders Academy
- All Hail King Julian (From the Madagascar franchise)
- Puffin Rock
- Beat Bugs
- Luna Petunia
- Word Party
While some of these are specifically designed to cross-promote Netflix originals (like Fuller House and Chasing Cameron), parents will likely be able to find at least one or two that their kids recognise. Just make sure you only use these on the really young ones. If your kids are old enough to tell time, the jig is up and you risk your web of lies unravelling before your very eyes.
Netflix New Year's Eve Countdowns 2017 [Netflix]