Pillow Forts and Confetti: Fun Things to Do on New Year’s Eve with Kids

Watch a Local Fireworks Display

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Making Ringing in the New Year Fun

New Year’s Eve has traditionally been a holiday for adults. We stay up all night drinking and partying till midnight and beyond.

Once children are in the picture, however, unless you get a babysitter, your New Year’s will probably be spent at home. However, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the holiday as a family.

With a little creativity and fun, New Year’s Eve can be transformed into a kid-friendly celebration everyone will love.

1. Watch a Local Fireworks Display

No matter what town or city you live in, there’s bound to be a New Year’s Eve fireworks display nearby. Usually they’re at a beach, park, square, or famous landmark, and are often accompanied by music, food, and activities.

Even if you don’t want to venture all the way to the location and try to make the kids stay up all night, there are still alternate ways to watch. If you live close enough to one of the launch points, you may be able to see the fireworks from your home.

Sometimes local TV stations will also broadcast New Year’s Eve celebrations on a public access channel.

A Year in Review

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2. A Year in Review

As we welcome in the new year, we also reevaluate the ones that came before. Create a year in review activity like this one for your kids to reflect on all they’ve done during 2016.

They can write about their current likes and dislikes, best moments from the year, and favorite activities. If they’re still very young, have them draw pictures of things they liked during the year instead.

Additionally, if your kids are older and tech savvy, have them create a slideshow of pictures from family outings and accomplishments for everyone to enjoy at the end of the night. If you keep it up every year, they can then compare the previous year’s review to the current one.

Have a Family Slumber Party

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3. Have a Family Slumber Party

If the kids insist on staying up all night, have a New Year’s family slumber party. Put on your pajamas, grab some popcorn, make s’mores and build a fort in the living room.

Have a movie marathon of favorite films from throughout the year or put on some awesome tunes for an impromptu dance party. Even if the kids end up falling asleep before the balls drops at midnight, at least they’ll be all set up inside their fort, already in pajamas.