Kid Friendly New Years Eve Ideas
New Year’s Eve? OMG! What am I going to do with the kids? The New Year is not just a time for adults to celebrate! There are plenty of family-friendly activities that kids can participate in. Make it a memorable final weekend before the little ones go back to school.
If the kids at your celebration are too young to stay up until midnight, you can have a more appropriately timed mock countdown. Simply change the clocks so that they will strike 12 when it is only 8 or 9 p.m. Hand out noisemakers, party hats, and confetti to toss when the countdown ends. This is a wonderful way for kids to be a part of the festivity but still get to bed on time.
The Midnight Toast
Kids want to be a part of the New Year’s Eve toast, too. Why not let them indulge with a fancy champagne flute or wine glass – made of plastic and filled with non-alcoholic drinks, of course. You can pour ginger ale, a kid-friendly punch or even milk into their fancy beverage cups, but my favorite is warm cocoa (hot cocoa that has been allowed to cool just a bit), topped with marshmallows.
What were you doing on New Year’s Eve 5 years ago? Tell stories to your child about when they were younger or even about New Year’s traditions you had as a kid. Then flash forward! Jump ahead 10 years and let your child imagine where they will be and what they will be doing. What about in 20 years? This is a fantastic opportunity to let your child use their imagination and dream big.
Explain what a tradition is using some examples from your family and ask your child what some of their favorites are! Find out their favorites and the ones they hope to continue forever. Use this as an opportunity to work on communication skills in describing what they like about certain traditions and listening to what other family members like.
Brainstorm for the Following Year
Help your child brainstorm their goals and things they hope to do in the coming year. Then pick the top twelve fun treats or outings that your and child thought of, one to do each month. These can be rainy/snowy day activities or just a special treat. Don’t forget to pick out some gross motor activities to keep moving when you’re stuck inside because of the weather! Since your child helped participate in picking the activities, they will always be excited about picking one out for the special day.
No matter how you celebrate with your kids on New Year’s Eve there are always memories to look back on and exciting things to look forward to in the next year.