New Year’s Activities for Kids (and their family)

The days of staying up all night on New Year’s Eve and sleeping all day on New Year’s Day have passed for me. I honestly couldn’t be happier. I will always treasure those fun memories, but a night of family sounds wonderful.

We still want it to be a special night, so I’ve gone in search of New Year’s activities for kids that will make our family New Year’s a night to remember.

Check out our New Year’s Jokes for kids, too.

Family New Year's ideas!

New Year’s Activities for Kids (and their family)

Throw a Mini New Year’s Party

Just because the guest list is small doesn’t mean the party can’t be a HUGE amount of fun!

You can follow a plan like this Free New Year’s Eve Escape Room Game or put together some fun activities. Keep it a New Year’s theme and include lots of New Year’s activities for kids (and adults).

Make a Memory Box 

New Year’s is a combination of celebrating the year that’s passed and anticipating the year to come. Doesn’t an evening of reminiscing that leaves you with a family keepsake sound like the perfect New Year’s activity for kids?

  • Decorate a shoe box or plastic container big enough to fill all your goodies.
  • Fill your memory box with important family stuff (like a take-out menu from your favorite restaurant). Here’s a massive list of ideas for your time capsule.
  • Don’t forget to make yourself a note to open it up next year!

Cook Together 

Hubby loves to make up recipes I prefer to find recipes on Pinterest. How ever you like to play around in the kitchen, cooking as a family might be a fun way to spend the evening together. This New Year’s activity for kids might turn into a regular family event.

  • Find easy-to-prepare, kid-friendly recipes.
  • Plan a lot of prep time. That way, you’re not rushing. Having time to spare makes cooking way more fun.
  • Turn on some music and dance around the kitchen.
  • Make sure to take lots of pictures.

Enjoy a Movie Night (but make it an event!)

Family movie nights are a pretty common thing (at least around here), but for a special night like New Year’s, take it up a notch.

  • Makeup family movie night tickets.
  • Pop some extra special popcorn. This movie theater candy popcorn looks incredibly yummy!
  • Provide a few special New Year’s coloring pages or a New Year printable busy book to keep little hands busy while you watch.
  • Get into comfy cozies, bring out the blankets, and dim the lights.
  • Watch the movie (that means turn off your phone and, in my case, the computer) and be fully engaged in the movie.
  • Make it a special movie. Is there a movie everyone has been dying to see? How about an old favorite from when you were a kid?
Love these New Year's activities for kids (and us)... I think we might try #1

What New Year’s activities for kids do you have planned?


  1. I love all your suggestions! I was planning my own New Year post with similar things next week, I’ll make sure to link to yours. Since our daughter is 7, we plan a board game afternoon and a movie night.

  2. We live in Chicago, and we always go to the Lincoln Park Zoo (free!) and see the zoolights display, followed by hot chocolate & ice skating at Millenium Park (free if you have skates!). Super fun and family friendly. And you still feel festive being downtown on NYE. 🙂

  3. I absolutely love the idea of a memory box or a time capsule. It’s crazy how much can change in just one year. Can’t wait to do this with my kids!

  4. We dress up in crazy costumes and have a dance party to the “celebration” station on pandora. I’m gonna add the fun theme food you suggested and some sparklers I bought to this year’s nye! Thanks for the fun post!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *