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.
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!