Celebrating New Year’s Eve with the kids this year? Check out these 10 family-friendly activities in this printable itinerary!
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COUNTING DOWN THE NEW YEAR AS A FAMILY
Finding a way to occupy the kids to stay sane and stay up until midnight can be a challenge. 2020 was the first time we all successfully stayed up — in the past we watch a countdown on Netflix at 8:00 and toast with some Sprite. Then my husband and I put them to bed and watch a movie or play a game to stay awake — a much different change of pace than before we had kiddos.
For those of you who want to start this new tradition with your kids in a way that doesn’t involve traveling to someone’s house or a late night ending with everyone irritated with one another…I’ve got a few fun ideas to add intentionality to ending your year with a bang!
10 COUNTDOWN ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS ON NEW YEARS EVE
Don’t wing it, plan it! Get a pack of brown paper bags and write times on the front for when you’ll do the next activity.
5:00 MAKE HOMEMADE PIZZAS
Put a jar of pizza sauce in the bag. Spend the next hour making homemade pizzas and eating them together as a family. Get creative with a toppings bar!
6:00 PLAY A CARD GAME
Put some playing cards in a bag. My kids love this set of card games we received for Christmas last year. These easy games are great for even your littlest learners! Use this egg carton trick to hold a lot of cards for small hands.
7:00 MAKE A DESSERT
7:30 LOOK OVER THE PAST YEAR
Stick a photo in the bag. While your dessert is cooking, browse your photos from the year and talk about your favorite memories. Apple Photos will even create a slideshow with music to a preselected album within seconds for you to watch!
8:00 PLAY A BOARD GAME
Put a game piece in a bag. Break out an old favorite and see who comes in first place! For little ones, we love the Junior versions of all the classics.
9:00 QUIZ EACH OTHER ON SOME TRIVIA FOR THE PAST YEAR
Google pop culture events for the past year and see who knows the most trivia! Best out of 10 wins a prize!
9:30 WATCH A MOVIE
10:30 POP SOME POPCORN
11:30 GET READY!
Put plastic champagne flutes in a bag. Have everyone do some stretches, take a bathroom break and get your TV tuned to the ball drop. Need to wake up? Play hide and seek, charades or Pictionary. Fill up your glasses with some sparkling cider so everyone can enjoy!
12:00 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
PRINT YOUR FREE ITINERARY FOR KIDS ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
Print this free itinerary to help make your night special:
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Kick off your new year with some goal setting by checking out these posts:
- Creating Family Goals
- My Favorite Tools for Goal Setting
- How to Create a Daily Routine That Helps You Reach Your Goals
- Motivational Quotes to Encourage You to Reach Your Goals
- Setting Goals and Habits to Break Free From Survival Mode
Happy New Year!
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