While the grownups might be looking forward to bringing in the New Year with a singsong at midnight, there’s a good chance your little ones will be tucked up in bed by then – so how do you make the day special for kids of all ages?
We’ve put together a list of our favourite activities New Year’s Eve ideas for kids, perfect for keeping little ones entertained and in good spirits as you begin the end of the year countdown.
Play board games
Don’t pack away your board games as soon as Christmas is over, New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to settle down to an exciting game or two. Particularly perfect for this time of year are long, absorbing games like Monopoly or the Game of Life (we’re particularly loving the new Despicable Me edition).
Enjoy an arts and crafts afternoon
If you’re planning a party or gathering for your New Year’s celebrations, enlist the help of your kids to get the house ready. Set up a crafting corner and get stuck into a few fun decorations, like paper plate clocks or paper garlands.
Plan a family dinner
For a fun New Year’s Eve with kids, get everyone together for a fun family dinner and while you eat, reminisce about all of the good and interesting things that have happened over the year. Get out the photo albums, revisit favourite moments and chat about what made last year great (or less than perfect!).
This is also a great opportunity to cook a real family favourite. Christmas dinner tends to be fairly traditional for most families whereas New Year is the ideal time to come up with a menu that suits you all down to a tee.
Make your resolutions together
Another great way to spend New Year’s Eve with family is to get everyone comfy and hand out some card and coloured pens then ask the whole family to have a think about what their resolutions are for the year ahead. Be sure to include plenty of discussion about what resolutions are and why we make them!
Once everyone has come up with at least one, write them all down then ask your little one to collect them in a nice box or jar. Next year, you’ll be able to open the box and see how everyone did.
Get inventive with dress up games
Rather than simply putting on a sparkly frock or smart suit, turn New Year into a fancy dress celebration. Take your theme from the time of year and ask your little ones to dress up in costumes that show what their dream job for the future would be, whether that’s a fire fighter or a pirate princess.
Join in the fun and dress up too, put on your own little fashion show so that everyone can explain how they picked their costume and why – and don’t forget to take plenty of photos!