New Year’s Eve Fun For Kids

When it comes to ringing in the new year, what are your plans? Are you heading out with friends? Or will you be hosting something at home? Perhaps with family and friends?

If you’ll be hosting a New Year’s Eve party at home, will you be inviting children? If the answer is yes, you might want to include a few special touches to make your party kid-friendly. Don’t worry – you don’t have to go overboard to make it special for children, just try a few of these ideas.

  • Celebrate Early: If you’re having younger kids for the celebration, there’s a good chance they won’t make it to see midnight. If you think this will be the case, plan for an early “Kids Countdown.” You can pick a time that will work for most of the kids in attendance and do a mock countdown to midnight – complete with sparkling apple cider and grape juice.
  • Set Up Some Games: If you want the adults to be able to talk and have the kids entertained, a few games never hurt. You can set up an area (or room) where they can play board games or video games and, hopefully, entertain each other.
  • Serve Kid-Friendly Foods and Mocktails: While you might have a more sophisticated menu planned for the adults attending the party, it’s always a good idea to have some kid-friendly foods and drinks for the children. These foods and drinks should be popular with your kid-crowd:
  • Have a Photo Booth: Do you know what kids like to do? They like to take pictures! So set them up with their very own photo booth where they can take some pics of themselves celebrating the end of 2019. You can have them take pictures with an instant camera or a cell phone, and let them have all sorts of fun with New Year’s Eve party props.
  • Let Them Craft: Another great activity to keep the children engaged and busy during the party is crafting. You could set up a craft table where they can make some easy New Year’s crafts. Pinterest has a great selection of crafts that the kids will enjoy making to celebrate the holiday.
  • Dance Party: Another easy activity to keep the kids entertained is a good, old-fashioned dance party. You can create a party playlist for the kids and let them dance the night away.
  • Pinatas Are Always Popular: There’s not a child around who doesn’t love a pinata – so why not have one for New Year’s Eve? You can fill a New Year ball pinata with candy and trinkets that the kids will love to scramble for when they break it open.
  • Ice Cream Sundae Bar for Dessert: If you want to set up a special treat for the kids, an ice cream sundae bar is the way to go. They can make their own sundaes with all of the toppings they love.
  • Movies to Get Settled Down: Finally, if you need to get the kids settled down, set up an area where they can grab some pillows and blankets and watch movies. This will allow them to get all comfy (and maybe fall asleep), and the parents can continue to celebrate.

You can have a great New Year’s Eve party with the kids when you add a few special touches for them. The kids (and their parents) will appreciate your thoughtfulness and attention to detail.

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