Since having Freddie we made the decision that New Year’s Eve is a celebration we wanted to have as a family. So for the last 11 years, we have had the BEST fun at home (or at friends’ homes) celebrating New Years 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 Years Eve With Kids
Check out our favorite New Years Eve with kids ideas to make sure you have the BEST NEW YEARS EVE PARTY EVER!
New Years Eve Countdown For Kids 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:
- 5pm – play party games
- 6pm – get the photo props out and take some pictures
- 7pm – do a holiday drawing
- 8pm – bake some New Years Eve cookies
- 9pm- watch a holiday movie
- 10pm – have some popcorn
- 11pm – 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!
- Candy, popcorn.
- Amazon gift vouchers
- Lottery cards
- Tie Dye Kit for plain tshirts (last year the bags were too small, so I added a note saying for the next activity look under the table for example.)
- Kids against maturity expansion pack
- Escape Room Clues (see further down the post to see what we did.)
New Years 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.
Kids New Years 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 Years Eve with kids:
- Kids against maturity
- New Years Eve Scavenger Hunt – free printable
- Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition the original edition is our favorite adult party game, we haven’t got this family edition, but we are treating ourselves this year.
- New Years Games Bundle Printable
- Kids New Years Eve Party Bundle
- Free New Years Eve Spot the Difference, that you can color in when you have finished.
- Beat That! – The Bonkers Battle of Wacky Challenges for kids over the age of 9.
- Blank Slate – The Game Where Great Minds Think Alike
- Family Feud Card Game
New Years Eve Questions
New Year’s is always a time for reflection, so print out these New Years’ Eve questions and take it in turns to answer the 12 questions. To print this form out all you need to do is subscribe at the bottom of the page and you will get access to this and ALL OF OUR FREE PRINTABLES.
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 Freddie and his friends. Check out what escape room puzzles we will be using (ALL OF THESE ARE FREE!!). Or if you are running short on time grab these ready-to-play ones from Lock Paper Scissors perfect for kids aged 7 and above.
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.
New Years Eve Reflection Questions
Make sure you choose the correct paper size and then click on the shrink to fit button. With all of our printables, they work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)
Are you wanting to do New Years Resolutions for kids this year? If so check out my latest post.
How are you celebrating New Years Eve with kids? Let me know in the comments.
Last Updated on 19 April 2022 by homeschoolof1