New Year’s Eve is a fun-filled evening of celebrating with family and friends, but for those of who have children, it can be a little stressful trying to find way to entertain the little ones throughout the night’s celebrations. Whether you’re staying in as a family or hosting an event that will include children, here are a list of fun, child-friendly activities for the evening to help everyone ring in the new year.
- Set up a station with arts and crafts supplies and let the kids create fun art projects. You can just provide simple supplies like paper, paints, and crayons or let them work on fun projects. They can create fun hats for everyone to wear for the big night. You can cut out hats or buy inexpensive plain white hats and let the children draw and decorate them however they want.
- Bake cookies and cupcakes (or buy plain ones!) and let the children decorate them and enjoy them later on in the evening. This is a fun – and delicious – activity the kids will love!
- Play fun games. Break out the board and card games or create your very own. If your children are on the older side, have them create their own Bingo cards by giving them a list of pictures they can draw in each box and then play!
- For the younger children, create a fun sensory experience with lots of bright colors.
- Have some glow in the dark fun! Place small glow sticks into bottled water with a little bit of water and play glowstick bowling or play ring toss with glowstick necklaces!
- If your family likes to celebrate most of the day, blow up a balloon and write a number on it that corresponds with the time. Write a fun activity on the card such as, cooking dinner, decorating cookies, watching a movie, dance party, and each hour do whatever the card says!
- With a mason jar or a container similar, have everyone draw small pictures or write down a goal they would like to accomplish in the new year. Each New Year’s Eve, take out the goals you made for the year and talk about them. You can even add them to a scrapbook, so that your family can go back and see how each family members goals evolved throughout the years.
- If you have the space, set up a special place for the children to hang out and unwind as the evening gets later. Let them create their own fort or set up blankets and pillows and hang out together to watch movies, have a dance party or just have a fun sleepover.
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