The Kinsmen Sportsplex will honour an 18-year tradition with its First Night New Year bash.
Dayton Vickaryous, 4, skates on the arena ice during the Kinsmen Sportsplex's public skating hour. Times-Herald photo by Nathan Liewicki
"It's been running for so many years, and it's designed for those younger families who want to come and do a little skating, partner swimming, or any of the activities we have set out in the foyer," said Curtis DuMont, the Head Guard at the pool on weekends. "It's definitely a good atmosphere."
The facility typically tries to sell between 300 and 350 tickets per year to the event, DuMont said.
"We're prepared for that number, and we certainly have activities and everything set aside for that many people," he said. "I don't know if we've had more than 350 people in the last three years, but we've always had a good number."
A big part of the event's success has to do with the wide variety of activities available for families, DuMont added.
"Our lifeguards do a very good job of putting on a lot of fun activities and games every half hour," he said. "We have a clown running around, face painting and balloons for the kids, and at the end of the evening we do a big balloon drop.
"It's just super fun," he added.
In total, the Sportsplex has sold 107 tickets, which are good for families of up to four people.
"Tickets seem to be running out," DuMont added, "But I think we have a few more left."