Did you have a great Christmas this year? My son enjoyed all of his gifts this year. We did everything on Christmas Eve so that he could enjoy everything before he headed to his dad’s house for Christmas. New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and without further ado, let’s take a look at some New Year’s Even activities for kids.
DIY Countdown Clock
Create a countdown clock together using paper plates or cardboard. Decorate it and move the hands as you approach midnight.
New Year’s Eve Craft Station
Set up a craft station with supplies for making party hats, noisemakers, or even DIY confetti poppers.
Create festive non-alcoholic drinks (kid-friendly mocktails) together. Let the kids mix and match juices or soda to create their own special drinks.
Set up a photo booth corner with props and costumes for kids to take fun pictures to remember the night.
Make a balloon drop with balloons and a large sheet or net filled with confetti or small treats. Release it at midnight or an earlier hour if kids can’t stay up late.
Family Games Night
Plan a game night with board games, charades, or even a scavenger hunt around the house.
Choose a series of kid-friendly movies to watch leading up to midnight. Make it extra special by building a fort with blankets and pillows.
New Year’s Resolutions
Encourage kids to think about resolutions or goals for the upcoming year. They can write them down or draw them on colorful paper.
Create New Year-themed treats like cookies or cupcakes. Let the kids decorate them with colorful icing and sprinkles.
Crank up some lively music and host a dance party! Encourage everyone to show off their best dance moves and celebrate together.
Make a memory jar for the new year. Have the kids write down their favorite memories from the past year or wishes for the upcoming one and put them in the jar to be opened next New Year’s Eve.
Use glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces to have a glow-in-the-dark party. You can even play glow-in-the-dark tag or create glowing art on dark paper.
Gather around and take turns sharing stories about the best moments of the year or make up imaginative tales about the adventures you hope to have in the new year.
Collaborate on building an epic fort using blankets, pillows, and cushions. It can become a cozy hideaway for storytelling or watching movies.
Family Talent Show
Encourage the kids (and adults!) to showcase their talents. Whether it’s singing, dancing, telling jokes, or showing off a special skill, everyone gets a chance to shine.
Set up a wall or board where everyone can write their wishes or hopes for the new year. Decorate it with colorful markers, stickers, and drawings.
Nature Walk or Scavenger Hunt
If weather permits, take a stroll outside or organize a scavenger hunt in your yard or a nearby park. Create a list of items to find or nature-related challenges for added fun.
Sing your hearts out with a karaoke session! Let the kids pick their favorite songs and perform for the family.
Good Deed Jar
Start the new year on a positive note by writing down good deeds or acts of kindness you’d like to do and place them in a jar. Throughout the year, pull out a random deed and make it happen.
Midnight Snack Buffet
Set up a snack buffet with an assortment of treats and goodies for a late-night snack fest as you count down to midnight.
Shadow Puppet Show
Dim the lights and create a shadow puppet theater using a flashlight and hands. Kids can put on their own imaginative shows for the family.
Decorate Party Poppers
Use empty toilet paper rolls or DIY tubes to create party poppers. Fill them with confetti, sparkles, or small treats. Let the kids decorate them before the big countdown.
Musical Chairs with a Twist
Play musical chairs, but instead of removing chairs, use themed cushions or mats. When the music stops, everyone rushes to stand on a mat that represents a New Year’s resolution or wish.
Marshmallow Tower Building
Use marshmallows and toothpicks or spaghetti sticks to build tall towers. The tallest tower that can stand for 30 seconds wins!
DIY Confetti Art
Make artwork using glue and colorful confetti. Kids can create New Year-themed designs or their own abstract masterpieces.
Fireworks (if safe and legal)
If there’s a safe area and it’s legal in your location, you might set off some safe and kid-friendly fireworks to celebrate.
Remember to involve the kids in planning and let them contribute their ideas—it’ll make the night even more special for them! It is hard to believe that we are just days away from finishing out the year. We hope that your kids enjoy these fun New Year’s Eve activities for kids.