Fireworks are banned in Vancouver, Washington, on New Year's Eve, but that doesn't mean people still can't have a rocking time in the city. While the evening is more low-key than in nearby Seattle and Portland, Oregon, options are available for all ages in a variety of activities. Kids, young adults and seniors could all shake their noisemakers to ring in the new year without having to leave Vancouver.
Mountain View Sleepover
You don't have to worry about finding a baby sitter—or fretting over your teen getting in trouble—with the "New Year's Eve Slumber Party" at the Mountain View Ice Arena. Children between 6-16 are eligible to participate in the event. Adult staff members and volunteers supervise the kids. In addition to ice skating, there are activities like movies, crafts and board games. Pizza is served for dinner and cereal and fruit are given for breakfast.
Age 50 and Over Dance
The Luepke Center, a senior center in town, hosts the "50+ Swinging in the New Year's Eve Dance" from 8 p.m. to midnight with a band performing. It usually includes party favors, sparkling cider and refreshments for a reasonable price. Dinner is not included.
If your New Year's resolutions are to work out and become healthier, then there's no reason to wait. Have a quiet night sandwiched by fitness activities. During the morning, the Vancouver USA Volkssporters club sponsors an annual New Year's Eve Walk around the city.
The Marshall Community Center's pool is open until 3 p.m. on New Year's Eve, so go for a swim.
On Jan. 1, there is the annual Hangover 5K Run around the Fort Vancouver Barracks, sponsored by the Clark County Running Club beginning at 10 a.m. If you're out partying all night, you can just go directly to the race.
If you're looking for a night out, Vancouver has the usual array of bars, clubs and restaurants open. Check the local newspapers called The Columbian and The Vancouver Voice for listings. The menus and type of deals differ each year