SaFire Dance will entertain children at Family First Night on New Year’s Eve at Western Financial Place in Cranbrook.

SaFire Dance will entertain children at Family First Night on New Year’s Eve at Western Financial Place in Cranbrook.

New Year’s family fun

First Dec. 31 event for children to be held at Western Financial Place

Families with young children will have a new way to celebrate New Year’s Eve this year.

Family First Night will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Western Financial Place and the Curling Centre in Cranbrook.

There will be open skating and swimming, carnival games, crafts, face painting, dancing, story time, door prizes and even a photo booth.

Renowned circus and fire entertainer SaFire Dance will perform her exciting routine to entertain New Year’s revellers.

“She’s a marvellous lady that does some pretty unique performances,” said Patricia Whalen, an organizer of the event.

And there will even be a countdown special activity at the end of the evening.

The events will be spread out between the two venues that are side by side. One ticket gets you entry to every activity at both sites.

“When people purchase their tickets they will get a wristband that will allow them to get into all the different activities,” said Whalen.

The event is hosted by Community Connections Society of Southeast B.C.

“Being that we’re all about families, we love to gather them together and provide an opportunity for them to spend time together that’s in a family friendly environment,” said Whalen.

There aren’t many events that cater to children on New Year’s Eve in Cranbrook, she went on.

“I know the community has been wanting this type of event for many years. So when we brought it up to our organization, they were more than happy to take it on. Community Connections has received so much support from the community that this is their way to give back,” said Whalen.

The City of Cranbrook is partnering with Community Connections to bring the event to life.

“The City of Cranbrook have been really amazing in supporting us for this event. We couldn’t have pulled it off without their support, and we have a number of other wonderful sponsors as well,” said Whalen.

Tickets are available in advance and on the day at Western Financial Place. The cost is $5 per person, to a maximum of $25 per family. Children aged three and under are free. There are special rates for people with a Leisure Access Program Card.

“Maybe people are considering getting tickets on the night, but we’re certainly encouraging people to buy it ahead of time so you’re not standing in a big line up when you’re trying to get to the activities,” said Whalen.

For more information, contact 250-426-2542.