10 Things To Do With Kids On New Year’s Eve

  • December 18, 2017

Long gone are the days of going ‘out out’ on New Year’s Eve, when you’re a parent it’s all about family nights unless you’re lucky enough to have a babysitter.

We used to go out every year with friends, but haven’t since Little H was born. If I’m honest I can’t think of anything worse than going out in town now, I would much rather spend time my family and watch the fireworks on the TV!

Deciding what to do on this big night is tough, there’s lots of fun activities and places to go for New Year’s Eve with family. If you’re after a bit of inspiration for things to do with kids on New Year’s Eve here are some family friendly New Year’s Eve ideas…

Go on a day out

It’s not all about the night time parties, why not have a fun daytime adventure on New Year’s Eve instead? There are lots of fun places to go on New Year’s Eve, you could go ice skating, to the movies, play mini golf, catch up with friends for a family friendly party or for a nice walk along the beach.

Afterwards, you can come home and get cosy on the sofa, making the most out of not having to get ready to go out.

Have a family party

If you still like the idea of a party, why not invite friends and family round, or just have a party by yourselves. You can get the kids involved with making party food, decorate the house with streamers, stick on the music and put on your best party clothes.

New Year’s Crafts

Keep the kids busy by setting them up with some New Year’s crafting – you could make confetti poppers and party hats, make a banner or even your own pinata.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

There’s bound to be firework displays near you, though they may be a bit late for little ones. Or you could go for a walk around the block and see if you can spot fireworks – there’s always plenty of people who let theirs off before midnight.

You could buy some fireworks from the supermarket, wrap up warm and have your own mini firework display in the garden. If you don’t have room for fireworks just get some sparklers can be loads of fun.

Play games

If you’re staying indoors you could have a family game night with board games like Monopoly, Articulate or Cluedo. Bingo, Charades or maybe a video game battle are also fun ideas.

Dance party

Stick on a cd or one of the music channels and have your own little dance party in the living room. You could even play musical statues to add a bit of extra fun for the children.

Take Silly Photos

Get some photo booth props and take some silly family photos. I saw these Unicorn Photo Booth Props that would be perfect for new years eve parties – we’ve bought similar ones for Christmas Day.

New Year’s Eve Pyjama Party

If you want a more chilled new years eve so the kids don’t go to bed too overexcited, why not have a pyjama party. Put your PJs on, watch a family movie, bring out the snacks and tell the kids they can stay up later than usual as a special treat. (Even if they still go to bed way before midnight!)

Celebrate with mocktails

Let the kids think they’re allowed to be grown up for the evening by making mocktails or pretending that flavoured fizzy water is champagne. Let them have a wine glass, add an umbrella or cocktail sticks and ‘cheers’ as you party.

Ring in the new year

Kids have absolutely no concept of time, so once you’ve had your party, done some dancing and drank your mocktails you can do the countdown early and pack the kids off to bed. Then you can get the real champagne out and celebrate on your own!


However you decide to celebrate I hope you all have a great New Year’s Eve!



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  • The Money Shed (@TheMoneyShed)

    You can’t beat fireworks on NYE. I think they are a must for us as a family!

  • Jenni

    Great suggestions! We like to play board games at Hogmanay too, and last year I found some non alcoholic champagne so they got to have their own wee glass of bubbly. The early bells wouldn’t work for us unfortunately though, since the kids know that the fireworks go off above the Castle (we live in Edinburgh) at midnight – they would know I was trying to con them, lol.

  • motherhoodtherealdeal

    We always wonder what to do! I think this year we will be taking on one of your suggestions and going on a day out 🙂

  • Helen

    Lots of lovely ideas! We always go to family for New Years Day, but don’t have any plans for NYE yet!

  • Laura Dove

    What a lovely ideas! My children never stay awake for new years eve night but we always do something lovely in the day! This year we have a party!

  • Sophie - wifemotherlife

    We don’t usually do much, two autistic kids puts most things out of the question. However this year we are pushing the boat out and heading to Wales to see the New Years in with Prosecco in their hot tub! The kids will be in bed at the normal time but it’ll be a huge treat for us! Great post! Xx

  • mud cakes and wine

    we have never really done anything with the children on NYE maybe i should make it a little more special for them

  • fromtoddlertotraveler

    We have a pajama party, but since my daughter’s birthday is the next day, we save our big family events for then. My biggest issue is staying up til midnight!

  • Leona

    Great list Ill remember this when my lo is older

  • Claire justine

    Some great ideas here. We have not planned anything yet so I will have to show my Husband your list and see what we come up with 🙂 thanks.

  • Starlight and Stories

    What lovely ideas! Mocktails are currently high on the Bear’s agenda so will definitely be a hit!

  • Ana De-Jesus

    I hear you about ‘nights out’ on New Years Eve I am not a massive fan of them either especially with the crowds. Much nicer to spend it with family that is for sure! Doing something nice during the day sounds good!

  • Kara

    We are heading to Enchanted Narnia on NYE – hopefully it will make the day seem more exciting

  • Kira

    Me and ascot have been discussing new year eve plans , some great ideas here x

  • MrsS (@Otisandus_blog)

    We love to go on a little family day out…. then come back, open a bottle of wine, order a takeaway and watch jools Holland….oh gosh I am getting old!!!


    I have no idea what we are doing with the kids on New Years Eve yet. These are all great suggestions. I am so tired I am considering skipping it this year.

  • cheshiresentutor

    Love these ideas! I always find nye tricky with kids, especially like the early countdown- v good idea!!!


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