With the start of a new year, it’s never too early to start planning for next year’s festivities. New Year's Eve is a well-loved tradition by many, but for parents, the pressure of the impending ball drop and bedtime can cause a fair bit of pressure.
When it comes to toddlers and young children who might be more than a little enthusiastic about the holiday, staying up late is the last thing parents might want. Much to the relief of many parents around the nation, Netflix has stepped into the rescue. As Variety reports, Netflix has designed a series of fourteen different New Year's Eve countdowns, all with the mission to help parents tuck their children in before the clock strikes at midnight.
With a variety of countdowns to choose from, each of the New Year's Eve timers were only around one to two minutes long. Inspired by Netflix's own original kid's programming, the countdowns were set to bring smiles all around. Parents could choose from an array of characters from four different DreamWorks Animation series, including The Boss Baby: Back in Business, All Hail King Julien, Tales of Arcadia and Spirit Riding Free. Other countdown options included, Fuller House, Beat Bugs, Pinky Malinky, and Super Monsters. In a trailer for the New Year’s Eve countdowns, Netflix boldly declared— staying in is the new going out for New Year's Eve. Round up the kids and enjoy the likes of, Motown Magic, True and the Rainbow Kingdom, Larva Island, Skylanders Academy, Prince of Peoria, and Alexa & Katie. As the trailer reveals, many of these countdowns include all of the best New Year’s Eve traditions, including confetti, streamers and fun fireworks.
For fans of the popular streaming service, these countdowns are certainly such a great way to prevent unnecessary stress this holiday. In 2014, Netflix reported that the first countdown starring King Julien had brought about over five million viewers. Since then, the streaming service has continued to clock in on the tradition. Last month, Netflix conducted a survey and learned that around 77% of parents with children between 3-13 prefer to stay at home than go out on New Year’s Eve. Additionally, the survey revealed that around 52% of parents say they let their children stay up until midnight.
Adding to the holiday joy, Netflix has just released a new film featuring singer Taylor Swift. The concert film, entitled Reputation, has already received glowing praise from her fans. The streaming giant also recently released an original film, Bird Box, and ScreenRant reveals that over 45 million viewers have already tuned in—in the first week alone. Starring beloved actress Sandra Bullock, the film is described as a post-apocalyptic horror and thriller.