Celebrating New Years Eve changes completely when children arrive. Rather than forfeiting this holiday entirely, consider these easy New Years Activities for the whole family to celebrate together. Of course, you could always go out for an adult event once the little ones are tucked away (better book the sitter now!)
Planning a family-friendly New Years celebration is as easy as 1-2-3!
Easy New Years Activities Your Family Will Love
Step 1: Choose Your Time
Consider the age and stage of your children when scheduling your New Years celebration. With small children, perhaps start at 10 in the morning and count down to noon. Or begin at supper time and end at 8:00 for older children. Research which country is having their countdown when the little ones go to bed, so they can still watch a live countdown.
Step 2: Choose Your Hiding Place
Kids love mystery and intrigue. What better way to keep them engaged than hide the details of the evening? We recommend balloons or mystery bags.
Count down the New Year as a family by letting kids pop one balloon every hour. Take strips of paper, roll them up and write your ideas on them. Complete the activities found inside each balloon together.
Surprise bags can also be opened every hour. Kids can decorate the bags in advance and you can fill them and tie the ribbon. Bags can hold activity ideas (see below), movies to watch or treats.
Step 3: Choose Your Activities
We’ve compiled a list of many possible activities you can choose from. Find favourites to suit the ages of your children, and print out the time each activity will begin.
Silly String Fight
My children will go crazy for this idea this year. When this family popped their 8:00 balloon, the slip of paper sent them outside for a late-night silly string fight.
Make a Time Capsule
An evening activity could include filling out these printables with individual resolutions. Keep this to see how children change from year to year.
Work the Camera
Ring in the new year with a family dance party. Create a playlist of family favourites and dance at home, or find a family-friendly local option like this one.
Make New Years Treats Together
Kids love to help create special treats, especially when they have big impact like these easy New Years Snacks.
Savour the Fireworks
If you can’t enjoy outdoor fireworks, consider making these fireworks as a family. Colourful craft ties are the only ingredients necessary.
Or let younger children grab a handful of glow sticks. With older children, light sparklers in the backyard.
Start the Conversation
Make a Resolution Tree
With a few branches, twine and paper circles, your family can make a cute resolution tree. Make it in advance, or build it together during your celebration.
Frame Elf on the Shelf Pictures
If your family enjoys this elf tradition, use this template to frame favourites together. Use this New Years time to say good-bye to the elf for another year.
Minute to Win It Games
I can’t get enough of Minute to Win It party ideas. They are fast-paced, easy to set up and hilarious to watch. With help, kids of all ages can participate.
Make Some Noise
This New Years evening, start a new tradition by popping balloons and diving into family fun. Celebrate with another family and share the activity planning.
What traditions do you enjoy on New Years Eve?