Celebrating the New Year with kids can be a fun and memorable experience. Here are some ideas for activities you can do with children around New Year’s:
Family Game Night:
Play board games or card games as a family.
Consider age-appropriate games that everyone can enjoy.
Create a series of bags labeled with different hours leading up to midnight.
Each bag can contain a small activity, treat, or game to do as you count down to the New Year.
Crafting and Decorating:
Make New Year’s hats, banners, or decorations.
Set up a crafting station with supplies like colored paper, markers, glitter, and stickers.
New Year’s Resolutions:
Have a discussion about New Year’s resolutions and set goals for the upcoming year.
Encourage kids to create vision boards or draw pictures representing their resolutions.
Choose family-friendly movies to watch together.
Create a cozy movie-watching area with blankets and pillows.
Mock Midnight Celebration:
If your kids can’t stay up until midnight, have an earlier countdown.
Celebrate with sparkling cider, confetti, and noise makers.
Cooking or Baking Party:
Involve the kids in making special New Year’s Eve snacks or treats.
Create a DIY pizza or cupcake decorating station.
Reflect on the Year:
Share your favorite memories from the past year as a family.
Talk about things you’re grateful for and what you’re looking forward to in the new year.
If the weather permits, go for a family walk or play outdoor games.
Organize a small bonfire with marshmallow roasting.
If you’re unable to be with extended family or friends, consider a virtual New Year’s celebration.
Connect with loved ones through video calls to share the excitement.
Remember to adapt these activities based on the age of the children and their preferences. The most important thing is to spend quality time together and create positive memories as a family.