The days of staying up all night New Year’s Eve and sleeping all day 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 just 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.
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! Keep it a New Year’s theme and include lots of New Year’s activities for kids (and adults).
- Have everyone dress up in fancy party clothes.
- Make New Year’s noise makers and New Year’s party hats.
- Set out party food. I’m thinking a star theme… star sandwich kabobs and cinnamon pastry stars.
- Maybe even set up a family photo booth.
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 prefect new year’s activity for kids?
- Decorate a shoe box or plastic container big enough to fill with all of your goodies.
- Fill your memory box with important family stuff (like a take out menu from your favorite restaurant). Here’s a huge list of ideas for your time capsule.
- Don’t forget to make yourself a note to open it up next year!
Hubby loves to make up recipes, I prefer to find recipes on Pinterest. However you like to play around in the kitchen, cooking as a family just might be a fun way to spend the evening together. This New Year’s activity for kids just 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.
- Make up family movie night tickets.
- Pop some extra special popcorn. Movie theater candy popcorn looks especially yummy!
- 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?
What New Year’s activities for kids do you have planned?
This post originally appeared on December 12, 2013.