How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Home with the Kids and Enjoy It

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Since having our son we made the decision that New Year’s Eve is a celebration we wanted to have as a family. So for the last 12 years, we have had the BEST fun at home (or at friends’ homes) celebrating New Year’s Eve with kids.

If you are looking for the best way to bring in the New Year with the kids we have you covered.

If you were planning on going out and your babysitter canceled, or money is a bit tight. Don’t stress, I promise you will have the BEST NEW YEARS EVE EVER.

I have put together our favorite activities that you can all do together as a family.

If the kids are younger you can start the countdown earlier, and either do 30-minute or 15-minute countdowns. That way they can be in bed at the normal time, but they will have had the full experience.

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New Year’s Eve With Kids

Check out how we have fun at home with the kids on New Year’s Eve, and how you will too.

New Years Eve Countdown Balloons

We have been doing the balloon-popping countdown for a number of years as you can see below! But it is so much fun! The first year we did it was when Freddie was about 4 years old.

There are a number of ways you can have fun with the balloons. Some years we have just popped the correct timed balloon, but as he has got older we have added things inside the balloons!

When he was young he would pop each hour at 15 /20 minute intervals, so the midnight balloon was around his normal bedtime. He absolutely loved it.

As he got older we added activities inside the balloons. These are some of the things we have done:

  • 5 pm – play party games (see our favorites below)
  • 6 pm – get the photo props out and take some pictures
  • 7 pm – do a holiday drawing
  • 8 pm – bake some New Year’s Eve cookies
  • 9 pm- watch a holiday movie
  • 10 pm – have some popcorn
  • 11 pm – sing with the karaoke machine
  • Happy New Year

New Years Eve Countdown Bags

Last year as Freddie was 11 I opted for New Years Eve countdown bags instead. This was a lot to do with the fact we were going to a friend’s house and it was easier to carry these than the balloons!

We added:

New Year’s Eve with Kids Photo Props

Getting photo booth props is an awesome activity for the whole family, and it will also remind you of the fun you had. These photo props are what we will be getting this year, we also got these tiaras last year for us all to wear.

Kid’s New Year’s Eve Games

We absolutely love playing board games as a family, we even play them in our homeschool day (check out our favorite educational board games here). These are our favorite though for New Year’s Eve with kids:

New Years Eve Questions

New Year’s is always a time for reflection, so print out these New Year’s Eve questions and take it in turns to answer the 12 questions.

You can grab your copy of these questions at the end of this post.

If you are looking for even more New Year’s Eve printables Etsy has you covered! With scavenger hunts, kids’ activity sheets, color-in hats and so much more.

Have an Escape Room Party

We will be having an escape room party this year at home, with our son and his friends. Check out what escape room puzzles we will be creating. Or if you are running short on time grab these ready-to-play ones.

Create and bury a family time capsule

Why not create a memory for years to come and bury a time capsule full of special memories? Print out our free questions for a time capsule and get the whole family to fill one in. Add it to your family time capsule and bury it.

New Years Eve Home Decorations

To create a really cool atmosphere this New Year why not decorate the house with these really cool decorations. The black and gold coloring will look awesome if you wanted to get matching balloons too these will make it feel even more like a party.

For St Patrick’s Day this year, I ordered some balloon stands from Amazon and they were so much better than I expected. I will be bringing these back out for New Year’s Eve.

St Patricks Day Balloon Stands

New Years Eve Reflection Questions

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

Are you wanting to do New Year’s Resolutions for kids this year? If so check out my latest post.

Last Updated on 2 September 2022 by homeschoolof1

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