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.
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).
- Have everyone dress up in fancy party clothes.
- Make New Year’s noisemakers and New Year’s party hats.
- Make some New Year’s Eve Slime. You can even have fancy containers to store it in.
- Set out party food. I’m thinking of a star theme… star sandwich kabobs and cinnamon pastry stars.
- Maybe even set up a family photo booth.
- Add a table with some New Year’s coloring pages and art supplies.
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!
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!
- 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?