Netflix is helping parents trick kids into an early bedtime on New Year's Eve

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Some parents plan to fool their children into thinking it's midnight on New Year's Eve a few hours early to get them to bed on time so they aren't sleep deprived the next day.

For those people, New Year's Eve isn't the champagne-popping, late-night party it used to be. Eighty-seven percent of parents plan to spend the night with their kids, CNN Monday says.

And more than one-third of parents have or plan to start the party early, tricking their wee ones into thinking it is already the new year so they'll get to bed, a Netflix survey says.

The streaming service is making fooling kids a little easier by launching an on-demand countdown hosted by King Julien, an animated lemur from the company's "All Hail King Julien" series, so families can stream the three-minute New Year's Eve countdown whenever they wish.

Some parents (and parenting blogs) have suggested something similar – searching for a countdown in a different timezone to ring in the new year. (Thirty-six percent of parents do this, the survey notes.)

Other parents plan to stage their own countdown or celebrate the "noon" year – counting down to noon for kids who can't stay awake until midnight.

For those looking to do something special with their kids on New Year's Eve, Buzzfeed has 19 ways celebrate, including a do-it-yourself balloon drop, confetti-filled balloons, decorating hats, filling out time capsule questionnaires or a year-in-review photo scavenger hunt.

Today's Parent suggests having a dress up party with "mocktails" and setting up a photo booth, among other ideas.

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