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Five Activites to Do With Kids on New Year's Eve

Updated on December 15, 2012
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! | Source

New Year's Eve Fun For Kids

New Year's Eve is always associated with staying up late, parties, and music. For the most part the celebration focuses on adults rather than children. When we did not yet have children, there was less thought about what we would do because there was not the consideration of how late the kids would be able to stay up, whether we would have a family celebration or would we have to get a sitter for the kids so that we would go out as a couple. So if you are planning on celebrating New Years with your children, here are five fun and simple ways that you can make the evening enjoyable for everyone.

Goals and Resolutions for Kids

As adults we often reflect on the past year in many areas of our lives. We do not often think about children practicing these same behaviors. So in kid friendly terms, why not have your kids take some time to think about the past year and the year to come. This can be done in a few ways. One way is to have the children divide a paper in half labeling one side 2011 and the other side 2012. Under 2011 have them write or draw a picture of what was great about the past year. Then on the other side have them write or draw about what they would like to do in 2012. They may need a little prompting to think of something so you can ask them questions like: Is there something that you’ve always wanted to try? Is there something that you want to become better at? Is there someone that you want to have a better relationship with? Is there something that you want to do to help others? Hopefully these questions will prompt your child to think about how they want to spend the upcoming year and set some reasonable goals.

Party Hats and Blowers for New Year's Eve

What is New Years Eve without party hats and blowers. You can find plain simple hats and blowers at craft stores. Then have the kids decorate and personalize them to wear and blow as they ring in the new year. Some great things to use to decorate are glitter, foam letter and picture stickers, feathers, and jewels. Let your imagination run wild. Explore your local craft store for some more inspiration and you will have the best looking hats and party blowers in town!

Food and Drinks for New Year's Eve

After the holiday hustle and bustle, I'm all about keeping it simple on New Years Eve. So when it comes to food and drink I want nothing but finger foods. To keep the kids involved, I like to have them make their own pizzas. You can purchase pre-made pizza shells and sauce and place dishes of your favorite toppings out for the kids to build their pizzas. My kids love make your own pizza night because it allows them to take ownership of their meal and add some creativity as well.

If you are planning to have your children stay up to ring in the New Year, have some sparkling juice available to them for a toast.

Dancing on New Year's Eve

When I think of New Years Eve I immediately think of Dick Clark’s Rockin New Years Eve. Although these parties are not child friendly, they are filled with music and dancing. So why not have your own dance party. Hold a dance contest to your favorite beats and then give a little prize to the winner. If a contest is not up your ally, just turn on some favorite tunes and dance the night away. Not only will it be fun, but it burn off some of that food you’ve most likely been munching on that night!

Celebrating with sparklers!
Celebrating with sparklers! | Source


I remember one year as a child we got together with some friends. The hosts had purchased sparklers for us to light when the clock struck 12. It was one of the most memorable New Years Eves that I had as a child. So if your kids are old enough to stay up that late, consider lighting off some sparklers at the stroke of midnight.

Remember that if your New Year's Eve celebrations include children, the more involved you make them in the events of the night, the more enjoyable everyone's time will be. A kid friendly party really is fun for everyone. Happy New Year to you! May your parties be fantastic and your year be filled with all of your heart's desires.



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      Stephanie Bradberry 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      I especially like the first idea. It is true that as adults we set all types of goals and resolutions. And why should we not do the same with our children. I think it is a great way to teach about having aspirations and reflecting upon progress.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Amy! I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. Good luck on your resolutions for the new year and hope that 2012 brings your family all of the best!

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      7 years ago

      Some great ideas Cara. We've been talking about new years resolutions all week. We are now going to write them down. Keep the great ideas & articles coming! HaPpY NeW yEaR!!!!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      You are welcome itsmonkeyboy! So glad that you found it useful. Had to laugh at your user name since that's what we call my son! Glad you stopped by.

    • itsmonkeyboy profile image


      7 years ago from London, UK

      I love the first idea, I hadn't really thought of applying that to children but with including some drawing it really lends itself to the young. Thank you for the great idea!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Hope you have a fantastic New Years Flora, even without the sparklers!

      Chaplin Speaks I hope that your kids have a great time with it and everyone learns something about themselves and each other. Best wishes for the New Year!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks pmmccray, so glad that you found some interesting ideas in here. Glad to have you stop by.

      :( Wish you were going to be here to celebrate with us. Have a great New Year's Mom!

      I agree Aunt Danette, kids are great fun to celebrate New Year's Eve with. They add a much different perspective to the celebration.

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      Sarah Johnson 

      7 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      I really like your idea about the 2011/2012 sheet for resolutions. We will try it this year. It should be a good way to reflect and start some good conversation with the kiddos.

      Love the picture at the end!


    • FloraBreenRobison profile image


      7 years ago

      I remember sparklers when I lived in a house. Not great in a condo...

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      Danette Watt 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      When the kids were younger, we used to ring in the new year with the horns and hats, etc. Lots of fun! Happy new year to you and everyone else up there

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Awesome-sent it out to others. Very cool! Wish I had little ones to try this out on.

    • pmccray profile image


      7 years ago from Utah

      These are some excellent ideas. Thank you for sharing, voted up, marked interesting

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Krystal, sparklers are fun for kids of all ages! :) Happy New Year to you.

      We always have a blast dancing alocsin. Sometimes we make it a contest and other times we just dance. Have a great new year and thanks for your comments.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Some great ideas with kids. I especially like the dance party with a contest. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • KrystalD profile image


      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Excellent hub! I love the ideas you came up with! Kids love to celebrate so do I. I think I will get some sparklers myself :)


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