The First Night concept started in Boston in 1976. The idea was to provide a venue where families could celebrate New Year’s Eve together. First Night Akron’s (firstnightakron.org) celebration is in its 18th year. It’s a family friendly event, which has grown to be one of the area’s premiere festivals.
The venues focus on, but aren’t limited to, the performing and visual arts. There are numerous events suited to a variety interests for both children and adults. In addition to all the attractions revelers have a chance to see some of the most beautiful and interesting buildings in downtown Akron. The Civic Theater, Greystone Hall and the Art Museum are just a few of the entertainment areas.
Here are 3 tips to make your night more enjoyable.
- Plan ahead – You won’t be able to attend all the events. Look over the entertainment section and map ahead of time. Otherwise you might get to an attraction only to find it’s almost over. Don’t be the family standing in the cold, under a street light, trying to read the map and entertainment schedule, missing all the fun.
- Food – Later in the evening some of the First Night food stations can become busy. You may not be able to drop in for a quick snack and get to your next attraction on time.
- Availability – Some events are more popular than others. Go early if there is an attraction your family really wants to see. A few of the children’s events can become very crowded.
The most important thing to know about First Night Akron is that hundreds of people worked very hard to make this a wonderful time for your family. Bring your patience and willing spirit to the party. It’ll be a great way to start 2014.
– – Article contributed by Nicole Abbott – writer, educator and psycho-therapist.