Traditionally, New Years Eve isn’t exactly a kid-friendly holiday. But one thing I vowed to do as a mother was make memories with my kids, and boy do my kids love a good party!! Don’t get me wrong, I love a grown up party just as much as the next mom… so some of these traditions can be done the day of New Years Eve before the sitter gets to the house and you can still celebrate with your friends! Whatever your NYE style is, make sure to make it memorable! Below I’ve listed my 12 NYE traditions that you can start this year!
- Make countdown bags to be opened each hour! This is super fun because the kids get a few special treats each hour whether it’s a party hat, special treat, or fun craft. It’s just fun to do something on the hour up until the ball drops!
- Set up a craft station to make your own DIY party hats and noise makers! My kids LOVE a good craft station so this is perfect for our messy kids!
- Make a family resolution together. Is it family walks each day? Cooking dinner as a family at least 3 times a week? Whatever it is, make sure it’s both fun and healthy for your family to enjoy!
- Most towns have a fun First Night celebration that is totally kid friendly and involves crafts, lights, live music and other fun things for the family to enjoy! We like going to First Night pretty early so we have time to get home and start our family traditions before the kids get too sleepy!
- Look at a world map or globe and use this as an opportunity to teach your kids about the earth’s orbit! (our families personal favorite tradition) we use a flashlight to go around the globe and then each hour we talk about which country is celebrating New Years at that time!
- Make fun Jello treats with pop rocks and edible glitter for an extra special treat! We’ve all seen those fun NYE jello shots on Pinterest… make a non-alcoholic version for the family to enjoy!
- Pick a time that your family can celebrate the ball dropping! Not all young kids can stay up until midnight (although it’s fun for them to try!) so pick a time that fits your family’s schedule and celebrate together before sending the littles off to bed! This year we are doing late naps and then celebrating at 10pm with the kids. This may seem crazy and may not work for everyone but we are pretty lenient on our kids schedules for holidays like this because making memories is much more important to us than keeping a sleep schedule. (Every family is different, yall!) so we’ll have plenty of time to get the kids to bed and share an actual new years kiss before falling asleep ourselves!
- Blow up black/silver/gold balloons, stuff them into a bunch of trash bags, and surprise the kids with a “balloon drop” sometime throughout the night! This is perfect for those families with little kids who don’t want to stay up until 11 or 12 but still want to do something fun!
- SPARKERS! What kid doesn’t love fireworks?? We are doing sparklers and poppers outside when the sun sets to kick off our celebration!
- Clear out a space inside and hand out glow sticks for a kid-friendly dance party!! Because who doesn’t love a good rave??
- If you’re feeling fancy, book a staycation (or full on vacation!) at your favorite hotel, order room service and have a hotel party!!
- If you choose to stay home, let the kids have a sleepover together where you lay out sleeping bags on the floor or even make a tent out of bed sheets! (husbands get really into this, I’ve discovered… haha so this is a fun activity for your hubby and the kids to do while you whip up some bedtime snacks or clean up the kitchen a bit!) ((let’s get real… I am certainly not cleaning the house on NYE but I just wanted you to know that it’s an option!!))
Whatever you choose to do, make sure you involve the kids in some way! Even if you are heading out the door to a party, it’s nice to have a few crafts and snacks for the babysitter to help them with!
Happy New Years, yall!