How to Make New Years Eve Awesome for Kids

New Years doesn’t have to be about wild parties and drinking yourself into oblivion. If you’ve got a young family, here are some great ideas to make this your best New Years Eve yet!

New Years Eve can be quite a different affair when you have little ones underfoot.

Hiring a baby sitter can be expensive, and while the obvious choice may be one of the many fireworks displays in major centres, battling the hoards for a parking spot or a place to park your picnic blanket can be more trouble than it’s worth.

But that doesn't mean you need to forgo all the fun - here are nine great ideas of how to welcome in the New Year with the whole family.

1. Buy a bunch of glow sticks and play hide and seek in the garden, or if the weather isn't looking agreeable, turn it into a huge indoor treasure hunt with indoor sheet forts and fairy lights.

2. Have a nice dinner at one of the city hotels. Most big hotels do a set price on New Years Eve buffet, with reduced prices for children.

3.  Buy some sparklers ad take photos of each child writing their name and age in the sky (just be careful with very young children holding the sparkler and have a bucket water on hand for any fire risks).

4. Count down the hours with a fun New Years Eve advent calendar. This one from The Gunny Sack suggests popping a balloon every hour leading up to midnight (or whenever they go to bed). Fill the inside of the balloons with glitter, lollies or a fun game or activity. And remember it’s always New Years Eve in another part of the world, so if you have very young children, count down in this time zone so they’re not zonked the next day.

Via The Gunny Sach

(IMAGE CREDIT: thegunnysack.com)

5. Make New Years Eve all about family and being together. Gather all your best board games and have a game night with home made pizza and mocktails. Think Snakes and Ladders, Celebrity Heads, Snap and Kids Scrabble.


6. Just because your home, doesn’t mean you can’t dance the night away! Get everyone dressed up in costumes, turn down the lights, put on some music and dance with a fun family disco.

7. Make your own photo booth. Hit up your local craft store, buy a roll of paper for the backdrop and get the kids to decorate it. Download a photo booth app like Pocketbooth, buy some props such as fun joke glasses, moustaches, silly hats and ham it up with your family and friends. Check out this guide from Project Nursery.

(IMAGE CREDIT: projectnursery.com)

8. Play some fun resolutions games the whole family can enjoy. Ask everyone to write down their resolutions on a slip of paper, then pull one out of a basket at a time and read it out loud. Ask everyone to write down who they think made each resolution. At the end of the readings, the person who guessed the most correctly wins a prize. Read some of the wrong guesses out loud for fun!

9. Get Crafty! Whether it's making giant clocks, noise makers, party hats or home made party blowers, craft activities can be a wonderful way to keep kids engaged while the adults party.

(IMAGE CREDIT: Kids Craft Room)


Do you have any fun ideas about how to celebrate New Years Eve with children? We’d love to hear about them in the comment section below.

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