We’ve set the bar high for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Before Zack and Kyle came along we did things like reserve a room at a fancy hotel and party it up until the wee hours. We’ve gone to Hogmanay in Edinburgh, Scotland, had game nights with friends, fancy dinners, pub crawls and all sort of fun stuff that we did before I became a perpetually tired person who considers herself fancy if she wears mascara and lipstick. Today, I’m talking about Family Friendly New Years Eve Activities and thinking there’s about a 50-50 chance I won’t be snoozing on the couch wrapped in my snuggie by the stroke of midnight.
But that’s okay.
We moved here from England in 2014. At the end of 2013, we were just getting used to being a family of five and I had pneumonia on December 31st. Fun times.
In 2014, we went over to a friend’s house. There was a lot of cheese dip and I was in bed before midnight.
In 2015, we got a babysitter and went out for a four course dinner and we rang in the new year with our uber driver as we made our way home.
In 2016, we celebrated on board the Carnival Breeze. That was pretty cool, although I think we were all asleep by midnight. We were definitely tucked into our beds.
As we look toward closing the door on 2017, we haven’t been invited anywhere and our budget probably doesn’t allow for a fancy dinner or a sitter. We’re kind of in penny-pinching mode as we plan for our 2018 travel but unless some kind of crazy opportunity falls out of the sky, we won’t be ringing in the new year aboard a cruise ship.
25 Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Activities
This year, we’re looking at celebrating at home with our kids. This is the first year where Zack and Kyle really understand what New Year’s Eve is and this is the first year they’ll (probably) be able to make it until midnight. I can’t say the same thing for me but with all these fun activities to choose from, I think I can give it a try! I know my kids will be much more excited about staying up late than their parents, but that’s part of the fun of being a kid, right?
If you’re looking for Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Activities, you will find something on this list. There’s a great combination of games, decorations and fun ways to count down the hours and minutes until midnight.
Mini Ball Drop by One Artsy Mama
DIY Party Crackers by Happiness is Homemade
Count Down Bags by the Real Thing with the Caoke Family
Glow in the Dark Ring Toss by a Pumpkin and a Princess
DIY Fringe Mylar Pom- Poms by Studio DIY
Have a Colouring Contest by Tatertots and Jello
Fun Fizz Countdown by Inspired by Family
Confetti Countdown Boxes by Carolyn’s Homework
DIY Party Hats by Girl Inspired
Photo Props by Red Ted Art
Play Telephone Pictionary by One Little Project
Build A Family Time Capsule by the Idea Room
Confetti Poppers by Nellie Bellie
Memory Jar by Messy Little Monster
Paper Plate Clock by the Pinterested Parent
DIY Straw Noisemakers by Meaningful Mama
Jenga with a Twist by Childhood 101
Spoon Catapult and other Minute to Win it Games by Kid Friendly Things to Do
Make New Years’ Predictions by Lil’ Luna
Gratitude Jar by Fun Home Things
Make a Collage of the Year and other great traditions by Fantastic Fun and Learning
Decorate a New Year’s Tree by Our Best Bites
DIY Hand Drums by Moms and Crafters
Confetti Balloons by Design Improvised
Balloon Countdown by How Does She
If you’ve got any other great ideas for family friendly New Years Eve activities I could add to this list, let me know in the comments!
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