Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

Looking for a few ideas to have fun with the kids for New Year’s Eve? Look no further!

Many of us have hosted/attended kid-friendly parties that involve a special kids-only countdown at 10 p.m. (or earlier), at which point the party is over, or the kids hit the sack while the grown-ups continue the festivities until midnight. But if you want something a bit more out-of-the-ordinary, here are some of our favourite ideas.

Camp out
You can invite your best friends and their kids over for this event, or just make your fun with your own little crew. Make sure everyone has a sleeping bag and pillow and plan to camp out on the living room floor. While you wait for the strike of midnight, make s’mores in the microwave, pop popcorn and serve hot chocolate.

Get outside
Plan a skating or tobogganing party and get the whole neighbourhood involved.Pack lots of thermoses full of hot chocolate and cider, and make sure to have snacks on hand. To add a little something to the New Year’s countdown, give the kids sparklers just before the big moment (be sure there are enough adults around to keep a close eye on the kids for safety). Tip: Make sure everyone dresses in layers to keep warm. Nothing ruins winter fun quite like frostbite.

Capture time
Get creative and make a time capsule of the past year together. Collect photos, newspaper clippings, school play programs, birth announcements and have each member of your family to write a note—either to themselves or the whole family—that will only be read when the time capsule is opened. Some ideas for what to include: what each of you did in the past year, goals you have, favourite sayings/bands/movies, feelings about each other. No peeking until next year!

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