Kids usher in New Year with afternoon dance in Crown Point
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent December 31, 2013 10:36PM
Steve Belliveau, the magician, has one of the children watching his show help out with one of the magic tricks Tuesday evening at the Kids New Years Eve party at the St. Matthias Parish Hall in Crown Point. | Dan Shelton/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 3, 2014 3:44PM
CROWN POINT — Pint-sized partygoers danced in the New Year on Tuesday during the city’s annual afternoon New Year’s Eve bash.
About 250 youngsters, 150 who registered in advance and another 100 or so who paid at the door, and their grown-ups packed the St. Matthias Parrish hall to ring in the New Year for the event that has grown at least five-fold since its inception six years ago.
Danika Hagberg, 7, and her best-friend Zoe Weeks, 9, were dressed to the nines for the party, sporting their holiday party dresses and bedecked with New Year party hats. Danika’s grandma Barbara brought the girls and her grandson Grant, 4, Danika’s brother, out for the fun.
“I’m wearing my other grandchildren who live in Colorado so I have all of them with me today,” said Barbara Hagberg of the sweatshirt sporting the other two youngsters’ photo.
This is the second year Hagberg brought her grandchildren to the event which was a big hit with Danika last year.
“When I asked Danika if she wanted to go again, she screamed ‘Yes, yes, yes,’” Hagberg said, adding Danika asked if her friend and neighbor could come along this time around.
“We’re like sisters from a different mother,” Zoe said. She was happy she was able to come along. The girls were busy tearing up the dance floor in between the magic show and pizza party and having an all-around good time.
“I think grandma’s really sweet for bringing us here,” Danika said.
Both youngsters had their New Year’s resolutions ready and said they were ready to do the work to make them happen.
“I want to get better at math,” Danika said.
“I want to be at Level 2 for cheerleading,” Zoe chimed in.
The dance floor was packed with kids hula-hooping to songs played by 5-Star DJ. Sets were broken up by a performance by Magician Steve Belliveau of Fine Magic Entertainment. At least 30 pizzas from Carriage House Pizza were served up to attendees along with sweet treats from Beck’s Crown Bakery.
Valentine Kresoski of Crown Point brought her children Sara, 7, and Aleksandar, 3, when her friend told her about the festivities.
“I love it. It’s so good,” Kresoski said, adding the party is giving her a chance to celebrate with her children during the day.
“I will go to celebrate with my husband tonight,” she said.
Aleksandar, like the majority of youngsters at the party, said the dancing was his favorite part.
“It’s awesome,” Aleksandar said.
Keith McCoy of St. John said he and his two daughters, 6-year-old Hailey and Brianna, 3, were enjoying the party for the some of the same reasons.
“This is great for the kids. I can take them out now, wear them out and turn them over to grandma tonight,” McCoy said, adding he and his wife have a New Year’s Eve wedding to attend.
Hailey said she was having fun dancing and liked getting her face painted by the clown. She too had a New Year’s resolution in mind.
“I want to be a better dancer,” Hailey said.