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FAMILY ACTIVITIES


  • Special Fireworks Show for Families at 8:00 PM
    New Location: Intersection of Grand and Broadway near the Main Stage


    At 8:00 PM, families will gather on the Intersection of Grand and Broadway near the Main Stage and will enjoy a special fireworks display, designed with children in mind and set to a special musical score.
    This special early evening display of dancing light is made possible through the support of Michael Crews development.
  • Fireworks Extravaganza at Midnight
    The skies will dance with brilliant ephemeral light as First Night Escondido celebrants cheer in the New Year!

    These high in the sky explosions of light can be seen clearly throughout downtown Escondido. We encourage First Night Escondido participants to gather at the main stage to join in the countdown to midnight.

    There’s no better way to Welcome 2005!
    This special display is proudly made possible by Sempra Energy.



  • HOT AIR BALLOON GLOW
    6:00 to 12:00 p.m.
    Open area at the West Side of Grape Day Park, near California Center for the Arts, Escondido
    Watch as three professional balloonists inflate their stationary hot air balloons and produce a bright orange flame that lights up the balloon like a giant colored light bulb. With balloons up to 85 feet tall and 65 feet across, that's one heck of a light bulb! Breathtaking against the nighttime sky! Learn more about hot air ballooning and when the balloons aren't inflated, you can venture inside.



    Sponsored by: Dr. David & Lynn Tagge

    FACE PAINTING
    6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
    West Grand Avenue and East Grand Avenue
    FREE with Admission Button

    All ages are welcome to stop by to have fun shapes, patterns and dots painted on their faces by First Night® volunteers!



    Sponsored by: Dr. David & Lynn Tagge

    WILD HAT BALLOON SCULPTORS
    6:30 to 11:00 p.m.
    Grand Avenue at Escondido Blvd
    FREE with Admission Button

    Ask the balloon sculptor to create a super tall, bouncy and totally outrageous hat for you!

    BANK OF ESCONDIDO "BEAD TOSS"
    Early Evening
    Grand Avenue at Maple
    FREE with Admission Button

    1,500 bead necklaces will be tossed into the crowd from the balcony of the Bank of Escondido at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.


    ALBERTSON'S SOCCER KICK TO WIN
    6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
    Grand Avenue Event Zone
    FREE with Admission Button

    Kick! Score! Win! Show off your soccer kicking skills. Score a goal and win a prize.

    COMIC MIME JUGGLERS
    6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    Grand Avenue
    FREE with Admission Button

    This pair of mime jugglers will dazzle, amaze and amuse merrymakers up and down Grand Avenue!

    STILT WALKERS
    6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
    Grand Avenue Event Zone
    FREE with Admission Button

    These stilt walking experts are sure to captivate the imaginations of the young and young-at-heart as the meander through the crowds, stopping at the stages to lead a dance or two.

    NOVELTY SALES BOOTHS
    6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
    Two locations on Grand Avenue

    First Night® Escondido takes pride in providing New Year's Eve novelty items at family friendly prices. Visit one of our Novelty Sales booths this year to purchase 3 metallic bead necklaces or a neon glow stick for $1. Blinky lights start at just $3 each! A very special item this year is "Stick-on Face Jewels" that add a magical sparkle to anyone's New Year's Eve look - and these patterned jewel designs are just 2 for $1!





    ROCK CLIMBING WALLS AND BUNGEE TRAMPOLINE
    GRAND AVENUE EVENT ZONE
    6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

    Two rock climbing walls - one with a bungee trampoline - are fun for all ages. Go for the top and jump to the sky!
    SPONSORED BY:

    EARTH BALLOON
    CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, ESCONDIDO
    STUDIO 4, NEAR THE ESCONDIDO CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
    6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
    Explore the giant balloon replica of Earth, 17 feet high and 20 feet around. Guests can walk into the balloon to learn more about the Earth's inner core, time zones, geography, countries and continents for a unique educational perspective. You have to see it to believe it.


    SPONSORED BY CINDY WAASDORP, COLDWELL BANKER

    GARRY COHEN - GLASS BLOWER
    On Maple north of Grand
    6:30 to 11:30 p.m.

    Garry Cohen has been on the leading edge of this exciting glass revolution. The sculptured quality of his pieces combined with the rich, deep colors and an imaginative flair of design have made him one of Californias pre-eminent master craftsmen for over 25 years. He is a tremendous asset to the glass community and through his teaching at Palomar College he continues to introduce students to the art of blown glass. www.garrycohenstudio.com


    SPONSORED BY NORTH COUNTY INSURANCE

    CHILDREN'S MUSIC EXPERIENCE
    CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, ESCONDIDO
    STUDIO 3, NEAR THE ESCONDIDO CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
    6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

    The Children's Music Experience-will focus on music education for kids, learning about the beauty and fun of music through professional musicians and hands-on participation with a variety of musical instruments. Adults will have fun, too!



    Sand Sculpture Creation by A Grain of Sand
    6 p.m. to Midnight
    Parking lot facing W. Valley Parkway, between City Hall and California Center for the Arts, Escondido

    Watch the award-winning team from A Grain of Sand create a magical sand sculpture right in the middle of First Night Escondido.

    SPONSORED BY: Escondido Sand & Gravel


    Hula Hoop Contest
    6 p.m. to Midnight
    Ready. Set. Hula Hoop! Who can keep their hoop going around the longest?

    SPONSORED BY: Curves Escondido


    DEMONSTRATING ARTISTS TENT
    Grand Avenue at Maple
    Organized by the Escondido Art Association
    Ever wonder how artists create their works? Enter the Demonstrating Artists Tent and watch as local artisans create visual wonders in a variety of media.


    FIRST NIGHT® ESCONDIDO
    Linda Courton, Coordinator
    First Night® Escondido
    P.O. Box 1658
    Escondido, CA 92033-1658
    760-839-4173 - phone
    760-740-5078 - fax
    email: info@firstnightescondido.com

    Click here to view last year's Website!
    The Website for First Night® Escondido 2004 (the 12/31/03 event night)

    Click here to view the 2003 Website!
    The Website for First Night® Escondido 2003 (the 12/31/02 event night)

    Click here for 2002's Award Winning Website!
    The Board of First Night® Escondido Thanks Caldia Technologies For Their Dedication to Creating an Award-winning Website for First Night Escondido2!
    See the Award here!