Kid Friendly New Years Eve Traditions and Activities
New Year’s Eve is a fun holiday celebrating the passing of a year and the start of a new one. It is fun to look back at the past with your family. Looking to see how far you have come and how much you have grown. A time to plan some new goals for the future and the new year to come. Here in this post, I am going to make a list of fun, kid-friendly New Year’s Eve traditions and activities.
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Kid Friendly New Years Eve Traditions and Activities. They are all encompassed in a fun way to pass the time the day you wait for the ball to drop!
Balloon Count Down
This is done with 12 balloons. Each has a piece of paper inside with an activity written on it. You can pop a balloon every hour of the day if you are super ambitious with older kids who are patient.
If you have younger kids like I do, know they have a hard time waiting and you like them going to bed at a normal hour there is a shorter way! Popping a balloon every 15 minutes for 3 hours seems a lot more appealing.
Feel free to change up the time increments any way you like. The main point is to number the balloons 1-12 to “count down” the time. You could try to hang them from the ceiling or on the wall in the shape of a clock face. I went for on the floor for my kids to search for the number.
Keep reading for an awesome list of activities to put inside of those balloons!!! Lots of links to help you find, make, recycle or buy what you need to create these fun activities with your family.
1. Take a group photo.
This is a great way to document your family as they change, especially if this becomes part of the yearly tradition. I even want to make sure I take some individual shots as well. We are going to pose with some fun new year props! You can buy some here or find some sweet DIY versions here. Links are included below with the pictures as well.
2. Measure the Family Height.
This is more for the kids benefit since we adults don’t grow much after a certain point. In my house, we measure right onto the wall. Below is a link for several DIY Height Measuring Wall Hangers! So Cute! Here is a link to one on Amazon. My kids like to try to measure themselves once a month almost but really all they need is once a year. How fun to make that time be on New Year’s Eve.
3. Play a Family Board Game or Puzzle.
This is almost always a fun time! Remember its only 15 minutes till the next balloon gets popped so no time for marathon Risk or Monopoly games. Here are some of our family favorites that are quick and FUN! I also included a link to a fellow bloggers fantastic Minute to win it post. Enjoy!
4. Draw pictures of your favorite memory from the past year.
This is a great way to pick out some of the good memories from the year that has passed. It is a way to savor your children and see what they really remember, with some prompting I’m sure. I’ll definitely be saving the pictures they draw to look back at the following year. Its a great moment in the celebration to pause and be thankful. Here are some cool ways to savor, store and show off the pictures they draw.
This is another great way to record your kids! Ask them some great questions, write down the answers, and save the papers to look back on for next year and beyond. If you ask the same questions each year you will be able to see the tangible change and growth. My Grandma always says, “time is fleeting.” The days are long but the years are short.
6. Writing a New Years Resolution (On a wishing wand!)
It’s great to think about the past and the good memories you have made as a family this year. You also want to think about the future. The new year to come. Have a family discussion about some fun events, school and work goals etc for the new year. Here is a great book called Squirrel’s New Years Resolutions. You can read it to the younger kids and help them understand goals or resolutions.
Have each person think of one that is the most important one and write it down. If you really want to get fancy for can make these DIY wishing wands with the kids and write the resolution or wish on the star!
7. Create a birthday calendar for the next year.
I love to get a new family calendar each year. It hangs in the kitchen and I write all the important events for work, school, etc. This year we are going to work together to write down all the family birthdays. I have most of them on the old calendar we can use to copy them. If the kids have any new ones they may want to add its nice to have the phone and Facebook to look them up! Here is a link to some of my favorite calendars if you still need a nice one for the new year.
8. Dance Party!!!
I love having dance parties with my kids. It wouldn’t be right to have a New Years celebration and not have a dance party! I love using Amazon Music! We pay for Prime and there is so much free music to stream with just that subscription! There is a lot of new music that is only available with their Unlimited subscription. It is extra money on top of the prime subscription but currently, they are running a deal for the first 3 months. Check it out!!
9. New Years Eve Party Crackers.
My mom usually gets Christmas crackers. They are fun to open on Christmas and a big deal over in England I have heard. They usually come with a paper crown, some kind of little tool(corkscrew, comb, tiny scissors, etc), a happy wish for the new year and sometimes a candy. A fun tradition if I do say so myself and we had some left from Christmas so we used them again on New Years. You can buy them or make some homemade DIY versions.
10. Gather the hats and noise makers for the count down. Make them if you want.
Being a kid I always remember counting down with a fun noise maker in my hand and a fun hat or accessory! When this balloon is popped its time to get those out and practice for the big ball drop. Below is a photo link to buy and under that is a link to DIY.
11. Cheers to the toast for the new year.
Time to break out the kid-friendly glasses and cups. Grab that chilled sparkling apple cider and prep for when the ball drops. Talk to the kids about what a toast it and what they can say when it is time for the cheers. I am a big wine drinker. My kiddos see me have a glass probably more often than they should. We have a few tiny liquor glasses that look just like my big ones. They love to have them for special occasions. Filled with Sparkling Cider of course.
12. Ready the Countdown!
Of course, there is always some kind of count down, especially for the last 10 seconds of the old year. My sister and brother-in-law had a stroke of genius. They love hosting the New Years Eve parties but know its hard for us with the little kids. SO they decided to stream the New Years Ball drop from England! When the stroke of midnight strikes there, it’s only 7 pm here! Awesome!
It gives me time to do all this fun stuff with the kiddos with a little celebration time after the ball drop. The best part is I can have them in bed by 8 pm! This mama likes bedtime. It’s the best time of the day.
There is another option for those of you who don’t need or want a traditional live ball drop. There are at least 10 different options of pre-recorded countdowns on Netflix. You can pick your kiddos current favorite cartoon or character and if they are featured on Netflix it is a high possibility they will have a countdown.
We are not against the classic, letting the kids stay up to midnight but if I have the choice and my kids don’t know any better why not! I’ll probably be asleep before the actual stroke of midnight as well. Those days of late-night parties are behind me.
I hope you like all these fun ideas! I am very excited for the new year. My kids are going to be kept busy with all the fun. We are going to record and savor some great new memories using these kid-friendly New Years Eve traditions and activities.
Also, if you Moms haven’t already read it, please go check out my just for Mom post!
Below I have made you an easy printable. You don’t even need to write these ideas down! Just print, cut and put them in the balloons. Happy New Year!
I am a mom of two sweet kiddos. One boy who is 6 and one girl who is 3. Before kids, I was a Kindergarten teacher. My purpose here is to build a positive place for Moms (or any parent for that matter) to learn, share and support each other in our life quest for Happiness!