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New Year’s Eve for two (or the whole family)

For two:

If you’d like to be out in town, get reservations now.  Many fabulous restaurants will be hosting a party on New Year’s.  Top of the list of my favorites is the Crush Wine Lounge – champagne, delicious buffet, music and the party goes til 2:00am and the Montgomery County CPS New Year’s Eve Gala.

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  • Early dinner and home before it gets busy out
  • Grown-up movie: The Hobbit, 47 Ronin, Grudge Match, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Wolf of Wall Street, many great ones will be out
  • Couples Spa treatments
  • Walk in the park: Park at the library and walk through Town Green.  If you follow the path down the Waterway there is a special koi pond.
  • Shopping: the last day of the year is usually a good one for special deals

For the whole family:


Woodlands Children’s Museum is having a High Noon Celebration.  

“Pop” in the New Year with us as we celebrate making New Year hats and creating art projects. Live entertainment and the New Year 2014 countdown with the bubble wrap dance, horn blowing, noisemakers and our balloon and confetti drop at the strike of noon “SHARP” Don’t miss it!

Free with admission. 

**Museum closes at 1pm**10 am – 1pm

Additional ideas:

  • Watch the New Year’s celebrations on the news as it falls around the world.
  • Teach the kids how to make black eyed peas & corn bread.
  • Family-friendly movie: Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters (for the older kids), Frozen, or look for the second-run movie theaters for summer classics still playing like Turbo, Despicable Me 2.




And plan to start your new year off right…


YMCA New Year’s Resolution Workout

The Community is Invited

The South Montgomery County YMCA invites the community to their annual New Year’s Day Resolution Workout on January 1st, 9:30am – 11am at the Branch Crossing YMCA, 8100 Ashlane Way in The Woodlands.  This special holiday class is always full of surprises. Participants can choose between a 90 minute indoor cycling ride or a 90  minute mega workout which will include Zumba, BodyCOMBAT and BodyFLOW. There will also be   refreshments and door prizes. Child Watch will be available, 9am – 11:30am.  All participants must pre-register but YMCA membership is not required. The class fee is $10 with proceeds benefiting the YMCA Partners Giving Campaign, keeping the YMCA available for all. The annual Partners Campaign helps children and families all year long participate in YMCA values-based programs regardless of their ability to pay.

In addition to the Resolution Workout, the Shadowbend YMCA and the BranchCrossingYMCAWellnessCenters will be open on New Years Day, 8am – 1pm to the public. Begin the New Year with a healthy start. For more information please call 281.367.YMCA.

The YMCA is about more than just fitness; the YMCA is Where You Belong!  “Participation in YMCA health and wellness programs offers opportunities for friendship and community, a sense of well-being, self-confidence and improved intellectual abilities,” said Roxanne Davis, Community Liaison. “And of course, being healthy means the opportunity to strengthen your heart, lungs, bones and muscles, too.  But at the YMCA, health and wellness is an historic, integral part of the YMCA mission — of building the complete individual.”  Physical activity is viewed by the YMCA as a way to develop character and to encourage well-rounded lives.  The YMCA is about more than improving the way people look; the YMCA helps people develop into whole and complete human beings.

To register for the Resolution Workout or pick up more information on YMCA Healthy Living programs for you and your family, please stop by any of the YMCA locations in The Woodlands:  6145 Shadowbend Place, 8100 Ashlane Way and 6464 Creekside Forest Drive.  Additional information is available at