New Year's Eve is a magical time of year, full of excitement and anticipation for the year ahead. If you have little ones at home, it can be a challenge to find ways to celebrate that are both fun and appropriate for their age. But don't worry, with a little creativity, you can make this New Year's Eve one to remember for the whole family.
One fun way to celebrate with little kids is to have your own family New Year's Eve party at home. You can decorate your living room with balloons, streamers, and other festive decorations, and set up a special area for the little ones to play and have fun. Consider creating a special countdown for the kids, with balloons or streamers popping at each hour leading up to midnight. You can tape them to the wall to represent the hours leading up to the new year. You can easily make homemade poppers by saving toilet paper rolls, filling with tiny squares of colorful tissue paper, maybe a fortune or little trinket inside, and tie with curling ribbon leftover from the gifts you've been wrapping during the holidays.
Another idea is to have a movie night with the family. Pick out some of your children's favorite movies, make some popcorn, and snuggle up on the couch with blankets and pillows. You can even make a special treat for the occasion, like homemade cookies or cupcakes, to add to the festive atmosphere.If you make cookies or cupcakes, you can decorate each one with a number from 1-12 and place them on a platter in a circular shape to represent the hours before midnight. Need a festive drink for the kids? Try sparkling cider with little gummy bears swimming in the glass. Want a fun savory treat? Take pizza dough and shape into numbers to represent the coming year. Dip in pizza sauce.
If you're looking for a more interactive way to celebrate, consider planning a family game night. Gather board games, card games, and other fun activities that your kids enjoy, and spend the evening playing together. You can even make it a friendly competition by awarding prizes for the winners.
Want to encourage a little extra kindness in your child in 2024? Create a simple kindness resolution page for the fridge to help remind them of ways they can make a difference in your household, at school and in your community. Simple things, like saying nice things to loved ones. Sharing more without being told at school. Donating a few things to a local charity. Your kids probably need to make room for a few new toys anyway!
Music! Turn it up and dance the night away. Great fun and great exercise. Make a playlist of your little ones favorite tunes from the year.
For those who want to venture out of the house, consider attending a local New Year's Eve event that's family-friendly. Many cities have fireworks displays, parades, and other events that are perfect for kids of all ages. Just be sure to dress warmly and bring along snacks and drinks to keep everyone comfortable.
No matter how you choose to celebrate New Year's Eve with your little ones, the most important thing is to spend time together as a family. Make memories, take plenty of photos, and enjoy the start of a new year with the ones you love. Happy New Year!
Oh, one last thing. If your kids are little, you can do all these activities around the noon hour (or pretend midnight is earlier in the evening), put them to bed, and bring in the new year at midnight with just the adults! However you decide to celebrate with your kids, enjoy, and have a lovely year ahead.
Monika Strand is the author of over 50 children's books. Her happy space and niche is creating personalized books for birthdays, baptisms, big brother/sister books, holidays, kids moving and other momentous occasions.
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