With club event, kids can party all New Year's Eve

By Lynn R. Parks

When most people are sound asleep the morning of Jan. 1, long after the ball has dropped and the noisemakers are quiet, the dancing will just be starting at the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club, Seaford. After the two-hour dance, hardy participants in the night-long New Year's Eve celebration will compete in kickball and a scooter relay. And when the games are complete, they will eat breakfast.
The club's New Year's Eve party will last from 7 p.m. Monday night to 9 a.m. the next day. Children age 6 to 15 are welcome to spend the night and enjoy swimming, games and competitions. "Staying out all night, without their parents, is appealing to kids," said Ron MacArthur with the Family Office at the club. "Trying to stay up all night is exciting." Karen Schreiber, Family Office assistant, planned the party. "There is no place for kids to go on New Year's Eve," she said. "There is nothing for the family, nothing without alcohol involved."

"Plus, this gives parents a chance to get out and have some fun," MacArthur added. "And they don't have to pay an arm and a leg for a baby-sitter." Activities will get under way at 8 p.m., when the swimming pool opens. At 9, a table tennis tournament will get started, to be followed by a pool competition. A showing of the movie "Shrek" will also start at 9. Disc jockey Scott Reed from Shining Star Productions, Seaford, is donating his time and equipment for karaoke in the gym, from 9 to 11:30 p.m. The pool will close at 11 p.m. Activities connected with the start of the new year will be set up in the games room, around a wide-screen television donated for the occasion by Aaron's Rentals, Seaford.
Early-morning activities will include a pajama fashion show, a Twister tournament, a checkers tournament and a scavenger hunt. Schreiber said that several parents have volunteered to help with the party. Up to 10 adults will be supervising the group at any one time, MacArthur said. Registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 28. Cost is $15 for club members, $25 for non-members ($10 of which pays for club membership). There is no admission charge for parents interested in helping. For details, call Schreiber at 628-3789. "The kids are excited about it," MacArthur said. "It's going to be an interesting night."

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