SKANEATELES | Residents in Skaneateles rang in the new year a little early this year and spent time with their little ones.
A dim-lit lobby decorated with bright colored balloons, a spinning disco ball, New Year's Eve top hats and glittered tiaras were all part of the early-evening activities for families to celebrate the holiday at the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center.
Interactive games and activities were scattered throughout the lobby fit for all ages. Children had a slew of interactive games to choose from including New Year's Eve-themed paintings to a party hat toss. But the early favorite among families was the open skate on the indoor rink.
The Skaneateles YMCA hosted its annual New Year's Eve Family Extravaganza on Monday night. The event, which was free for members and $10 for non-members, was a low-key activity to provide local families with a place to enjoy the holiday with their little ones, Sheila Card, YMCA program director said.
“This has been happening for the last 10 years or so and it's just a fun ways for families to spend time together,” she said.
Andrea Capari and her son Michael Capari, 7, were lacing up ice skates on the lobby benches gearing up for the night's events. Michael Capari attends the after school program and Andrea's family belongs to the Y so the New Year's party was something she and her son look forward to every year.
"I think having this is just wonderful," Andrea said. "This gives children something to do on the holiday to make them feel included and it's an interactive way for parents to spend time with their children."
Best friends Zac Wayne, 9, and Marc Sapareto, 9, arrived just after 5 p.m. with Marc's mother Susan Sapareto. Both Zac and Marc donned New Year's top hats and hung noise makers from their mouths as they shuffled to get their skates on.
"We've been here before," Zac said enthusiastically. "We love coming here because it's really fun and there's a lot to do," Marc added.
Together the two walked off to the rink with Susan Sapareto just behind them.
"I think this is just great and everyone should have something like this," Susan said. "The party is just getting started."