ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Ways to Ring in the New Year With Your Family

Updated on January 1, 2012

So you've stayed up and watched the ball drop on New Years Eve. Now it's a new year. You've made noise and shouted Happy New Year. You've sipped your champagne and made your resolutions. Now what? New Years Day is a great excuse to spend time with your family. But what are some family friendly activities to ring in the New Year with? Certainly you can't bring little children to these New Years parties. In an effort to answer this question, I did a little research. My son may not be old enough to enjoy any of these activities this year, but I do have a niece who could use a little New Years fun. There's nothing that truly screams "Happy New Year", but I did find some ideas for fun things to do with your family on New Years Day.

By digitalart on
By digitalart on | Source

Four Ideas For New Years Activities

Idea #1: Do Some Charity

It is the season of giving after all and it feels great to help others in need. Volunteering and charity work is great way to spend a New Years Day. You'll not only be teaching your little ones goodwill and compassion, but you'll also be giving your older ones something to put on their resumes. Here's a simple volunteer project you can attempt.

  • Have your children help you put together kits or gift bags for the homeless. Think about things you might need if you were forced to live in the streets. Food, water - maybe a few small gifts. Help give a little hope for the new year to people who need it the most.

Idea #2: Balloon Fireworks

Here's a fun and colorful idea that your kids will love. Create beautiful confetti fireworks using balloons. First you'll need to get a helium tank from a party supply store. Next you'll need to funnel glitter and confetti into some balloons. Then fill those balloons with helium and tie them together in bunches. Finally, the fun part, pop them balloons and create sparkly and colorful explosions the kids will get a kick out of.

Idea #3: Have A Family Picnic

Bundle up the kids and pack up some food. Sure it's not that warm out but that's the beauty of campfires! A little campfire and you can picnic anywhere. To make things more fun, eat the main course at home and focus your picnic on the desserts. Cookies, cakes and the best of all - S'mores! Perfect for campfires. Just pack some chocolate, marshmallows, graham crackers and sticks to roast the marshmallows on.

Idea #4: Make A Time Capsule

This is my favorite idea. Why not create a family time capsule? Make one on New Years Day and "bury" it until next New Years Day. There's nothing better than opening your family time capsule to see if you've accomplished the things you set out to do in the new year. First you'll need a storage container of some kind to put everything in. Let the kids decorate the outside with paints, glitter and other things. Now you need to fill it. Fill it with things like pictures, articles, your children's artwork, lists, homemade DVDs, a list of resolutions from each family member, etc. Now seal the container and put it away for a year.

So there you go. Four ideas to get you through this New Years. Now go and have fun with your loved ones. It's a New Year, enjoy it! Have a happy and healthy New Year!

Skylar Spring © copyright 2012


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • instantlyfamily profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks for these fun ideas. I did a time capsule when I was a kid. Good times.

    • alocsin profile image


      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Some good ideas of what to do after all the hoopla has died down. voting this Up and Awesome.

    • Cardia profile image


      6 years ago from Barbados.

      Lots of great ideas! I especially like the time capsule one. Voted up and awesome.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)