Things to Do With Kids on New Year’s Eve

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Do you let your children stay up to see in the New Year on New Year’s Eve?

We don’t usually, but the boys are getting a little older now, so if they can manage it, I think we might let them stay awake. Otherwise, it’s just the two of us plus Jules Holland, and Cal falls asleep before 10.30, so it’s getting a little dull!

I always stayed up on New Year’s Eve when I was a child. All of the neighbours got together, including the kids who were all of a similar age, and went around each house having food and drinks, and doing the conga in between! If only things were so neighbourly these days!

I’m not sure what we did to entertain ourselves as kids back then. Probably spent time laughing at the adults! But here are some ideas if you’re spending New Year’s Eve together as a family, whether you stay up late or not…

  • Have fizzy drinks and mocktails – there are plenty of recipes out there, but try fruit juice mixes with lemonade or soda, or smoothies with cherries, umbrellas or sparkler decorations.

    Mocktails and fizz!
    Mocktails and fizz!
  • Watch fireworks – have some of your own fireworks in your garden, or join in with an organised display at a local hotel or park.
  • Crackers & party poppers – our kids go crazy for party poppers! For them, they are the ultimate permission to make a noise and a mess, and definitely say ‘celebration’. Crackers are another great pop and surprise – you may have some left over from Christmas, or could pick them up cheap in the sales. Alternatively, make your own.

    Party poppers, streamers, crackers - all signs of a great celebration!
    Party poppers, streamers, crackers – all signs of a great celebration!
  • Make a Photo Booth – grab a few props, silly hats, wigs and glasses, and have a fun photo shoot. Make some memories!
  • Dress up – see above. Dress up in something silly or fun, or dress up smart or in party wear. Whatever takes your fancy – anything goes.
  • Dance-off – have lots of fun dancing to your favourite tunes, or using your favourite video game maybe?

    Have a dance-off!
    Have a dance-off!
  • Make Resolutions – talk about resolutions, write or draw them, or maybe video them for future reference?
  • Games – board games or party games are always fun, especially when the whole family are together. I’m sure you’ve been given some for Christmas this year – what a great time to try them out!
  • Reminisce – look at photos from the past year, make a time capsule or a scrapbook of your year. Gather together any tickets, postcards or other souvenirs you have saved from special trips this year.
  • Make a Time Capsule for the future, like this one from My Kids Adventures
  • Bake some special treats – how about these fabulous New Years Confetti Clock Cookies from Repeat Crafter Me

    New Year's Eve Cookies from
    New Years Eve Cookies
  • Do some New Year crafts – you might like to try this New Year Wishing Wand from
  • Or some toilet roll tube confetti poppers from Smashed Peas and Carrots  
  • You could also make your own party hats or masks
  • Have lots of glow-in-the-dark activities: glow sticks, a disco ball if you have one, flashing glasses and other cheap Pound Shop novelties, torches, glow balloons…you get the idea! Lights out, party on!

Finally, and most of all, have some fun together this New Year’s Eve!

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25 Replies to “Things to Do With Kids on New Year’s Eve”

  1. There’s some great ideas here – I’ve got another one to do with the kids ….play karaoke! (Singstar or make your own!) We usually get this out to play! This year we’ve also got the game Pie Face which should be interesting 🙂

    Now our kids are a bit older we let them stay up as well. It usually means they have a bit of a lie-in as well!
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    1. Oh ye, Karaoke is a good one! We’ve got that game with the mouthpieces, we’ll no doubt play that one this year! Have a good one xx

  2. Something we do in our community is fireworks. It doesn’t happen every year but on years where the summer is too dry the city reschedules them for New Years Eve. We pop the trunk of the truck and bring sleeping bags, pillows and snacks. It is very cool!

    1. That sounds awesome! I wish we could do that here. Have a great New Year!

  3. These activities sound so good! I really like the idea of toilet roll tube confetti poppers from Smashed Peas and Carrots. I think I will give it a go! 🙂

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    1. Hope you have a gret time whatever you decide to do x

  4. What fun ideas! To be honest, I’ve never really thought about what to do with the littles on New Year’s Eve as my oldest is 4 and the baby will be 1 in a few weeks. ha ha I don’t think either could last till midnight, but playing games and looking over pictures sounds like a fun evening! #fabfridaypost

    1. Yes, maybe a little young, but if you wanted to mark the occasion earlier in the day you could maybe try a few things. Have a great time, whatever you do x

  5. All those sound fun! My kids won’t make it (neither will I!) to midnight, but one of these years they’ll be ready to stay up. I like the idea of a photo booth with props! My girls love those at weddings!
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    1. I’m not sure we’ll make it to midnight either, but we’ll just do everything earlier then probably crash on the sofa!

  6. I love those cookies! They’re brilliant. I might squirrel that one away for birthdays 🙂

    Thanks for joining in with #newyearkids!

    1. Thanks for telling me about it! Glad you found something you like. Have a great New Year!

  7. Some really great suggestions here. I definite think we will spend some time reminiscing and making resolutions. Might run out and get some party poppers too.

    1. Have a great New Year, what ever you decide to do xx

  8. Really good, fun ideas here, thanks for sharing! We had a mini-disco in the kitchen and played silly games. Happy New Year! #NewYearKids

    1. Sounds fab! We had lots of fun and games too, including mocktails and ice cream with blue food colouring!! Happy New Year!

  9. Brilliant ideas here! My little one fell asleep at her normal bedtime, but definitely going to do some of these next New Years!!

    1. Mine both managed past midnight! You could always do them earlier in the evening though?

  10. oh my some excellent ideas, I must put some of these to good use next year. Thanks for joining in with #TuesdayTreasures .
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    1. Thank you Rachel, I think some would work for birthdays too?

  11. I think from next year our two will be staying up for the celebrations so you’ve given me some fantastic ideas to keep them entertained #TuesdayTreasures
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    1. That’s good to know, Angela. Maybe they would suit for birthday party ideas too?

  12. Happy New Year!! I used to love NYE as a child we often stayed up and had family or friends over. I miss it. We don’t often do much anymore. The children have stayed up in the past though. I like to have a bit if a dance about and play some games but this year was a quiet one. Sarah #FabFridayPost

    1. Sounds like you have some gret memories of NYE Sarah!

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