New Year’s is one of my favorite holidays—it’s an excuse to get dressed up, enjoy the city lights, and hang out with my closest friends. However, for families with younger kids, the all-night celebration might be harder to swing. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying yourself; ring in the New Year with this countdown of fun activities for the whole family!
- Party Supplies: Rather than purchase party supplies, gather the kids for a fun crafting project. Once the clock strikes twelve, you’ll be ready to celebrate with homemade hats, noisemakers, and confetti!
- Mock Countdown: If your kids are too young to stay up till twelve, enjoy the celebration a little early by turning the clocks ahead a few hours. Or, celebrate when it becomes midnight in a different country! With worldwide TV coverage (of major cities), you can choose when your family will celebrate!
- Balloon Drop: Seeing the ball drop live in Times Square is a once in a lifetime experience. Create the same exciting New York atmosphere in the comfort of your own home by taping a balloon-filled net to the ceiling and release them once the countdown reaches midnight!
- New Year’s Toast: While it won’t involve champagne, kids can certainly be a part of the evening’s toast. Make some yummy hot chocolate, or get a bottle of sparkling cider, and let the youngsters drink from a fancy cup—maybe even decorate them ahead of time!
- New Year’s Eve Games: Keep the whole family entertained with New Year’s themed party games! From guessing resolutions to singing karaoke, there’s plenty to do. Check out this list of 30 Awesome New Year’s Eve Games for Kids.
- Photo Booth Fun: Photo booths can be expensive to rent, so create your very own this New Year’s Eve. Check out this list of fun photo booth party ideas for ways to snap some final memories in 2014! Here are some FREE photo props to help get you started!
- Dinner and a Show: Ring in the New Year with your family’s favorite meal and movie. Have old family movies? Share them with your kids and show them how you celebrated holidays growing up!
- Resolution Tree: Putting away all the decorations can be a sad chore—it officially marks the end of the holiday season. Put a new spin on the activity by replacing ornaments with resolutions written on small note cards. Have the family decide on 1 or 2 goals that everyone will work on—in addition to personal ones—like eating healthier, exercising weekly, or simply spending more time together.
- Capturing Memories: Fill an old shoebox with photos, tickets, and other mementoes from special events or trips in 2014. Pick the top ten most memorable times the family had together, and stash it away to revisit at a later date!
- Make Countdown Bags: Start the evening’s festivities using countdown bags! Check out this version, or make one up of your very own.
Whether your New Year’s Eve plans include a night on the town or a night on the couch, there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying yourself. Kids love to celebrate just as much as adults so don’t stop the party just because you may not want to leave your house. Enjoy a family-filled evening of fun—it’s the perfect beginning to another year.