Things to do this week in Baton Rouge: Crafts, concerts and New Year’s Eve celebrations

Let the kiddos make a New Year’s craft Thursday 

Head over to the Carver Branch Library for a special story time and confetti popper craft this Thursday, Dec. 30. 

Get your little ones excited for New Year’s with this story and craft. Shante Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport will be read before the craft. Children will then be provided with supplies like paper tubes, confetti and balloons to make their own New Year’s poppers that they can use to celebrate the holiday. 

This craft and story time event will be 4:30-5 p.m. The Carver Branch Library is at 720 Terrace Ave. Find out more here.

Listen to two bands in one night Thursday 

This Thursday, Dec. 30, the Red Dragon Listening Room is welcoming two bands to its stage for one last show of 2021. 

Both the Will Wesley Band and Cumberland County will take the stage. The Will Wesley Band will take the stage with some country and rock while Cumberland County will bring some Americana music to the mix. You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to see two shows in one night. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 or $30 for VIP seating. They can be purchased by sending a payment through PayPal. Find out more here. The Red Dragon Listening Room is at 2401 Florida St. 

Indulge in a five-course wine dinner Friday 

Soji: Modern Asian is offering a five-course wine dinner to celebrate the new year this Friday, Dec. 31. 

Enjoy a chef-curated menu with Asian-inspired dishes and items from the raw bar. Treat yourself to one last indulgent meal of 2021 at Soji. 

There are two dinner times to choose from, 6-8 p.m. or 9-11 p.m. The five-course meal is $65 with an extra $25 for wine parings. Soji: Modern Asian is at 5050 Government St. Find out more here.

Celebrate the new year a little early Friday 

Join the Knock Knock Children’s Museum for a special family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration this Friday, Dec. 31. 

Because this event is happening a little early, the Knock Knock is cleverly calling it “Noon Year’s Eve.” While adults watch the ball drop at midnight on Friday, the kiddos can get in on the fun by watching a hand-crafted ball drop at noon. There will also be programs and presentations that will teach children how other parts of the world ring in the new year.

“Noon Year’s Eve” is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with the ball dropping at noon. There are no tickets, but you do have to register and pay the regular admission price of $14. Knock Knock Children’s Museum is at 1900 Dalrymple Drive.