10 Fun Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Kids

What are you doing on New Year’s Eve?

If you’re like many parents, you’re probably spending it at home with your kids. That’s what we always do.

We make up a bunch of yummy appetizers, get cozy, and settle in to ring in the New Year. Very rarely have we all managed to stay up until midnight.

I do love staying home on New Year’s Eve with kids, but it’s fun to add a few activities to make the evening extra-special. Try one of these fun ideas to celebrate New Year’s Eve all day long.

What are you doing on New Year's Eve? If you're spending time with your family, you'll love one of these fun ways to celebrate New Year's Eve with kids.
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Fun ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids

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Reflect on the past year. Spend some time talking about all your favorite things from the past year. This year in review printable from Wondermom Wannabe will get you started. (Not pictured)

Set goals for the new year. Do you have any big plans for the new year? Do your kids have any goals? Spend some time setting goals with this New Years printable from NurtureStore.

Talk about your New Year’s wishes. Talk about your wishes for your family, your community, and even the world for the coming year. You can record them all on this Wishing Wall at Buggy and Buddy.

Watch the ball drop – at home. There’s no need to turn on the tv or stay up to midnight, you can make your own ball drop for New Year’s Eve. JDaniel4’s Mom has a great STEM ball drop activity you can do any time of the day.

Celebrate with science! Do a fun New Year’s science project to ring in the new year. This Confetti Science activity from Little Bins for Little Hands is tons of fun and has a big WOW factor.

Make a special drink just for New Years. Modern Parents Messy Kids has some fun ideas for fun fancy mocktails that the kids (and you) will love.

Celebrate with fireworks. No, not the real ones. Instead make your own Sparkler Firework Craft from Kids Craft Room. They’re safe, sparkly, and fun.

Countdown with a homemade countdown clock.  Make a fun clock, like this one from Buggy and Buddy, to countdown to the new year. Hint: You can use this to countdown earlier in the evening in case your kids need to go to bed early!

Make a fun craft to celebrate. There are so many fun crafts for New Years. This fun fireworks craft from In the Playroom would be a great choice.

Enjoy a classic confetti popper. These can be messy, but tons of fun. And, isn’t that what vacuums are for? Little Bins for Little Hands will teach you how to make your own confetti poppers.

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve?

What are you doing on New Year's Eve? If you're spending time with your family, you'll love one of these fun ways to celebrate New Year's Eve with kids.
 
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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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