Throwing a New Year’s Eve party 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
Put a recipe or cookie mix in the next bag. Spend some time baking together. Maybe you want to start from scratch with a family recipe or pop a few ready-bake cookies in the oven.
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
Place a new movie in a bag. Last year I chose Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Other favorites include Jumanji, Dennis the Menace and Harry Potter.
10:30 POP SOME POPCORN
Put a popcorn bag in the next bag. To make it more interactive, make a popcorn bar where the kids can add goodies to their bowl.
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!
Put some poppers in a bag. After you toast the New Year, shoot your poppers outside in the yard for easy clean up. Then give hugs and tell the kids that the first one asleep in bed is the winner!
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Want even more fun activities this New Year? I’ve got a cute itinerary to print along with New Year’s Resolutions for kids as well as 50 other printables to celebrate a holiday every month! Check it out here:
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- My Favorite Tools for Goal Setting
- How to Create a Daily Routine That Helps You Reach Your Goals
- Create Traditions by Celebrating the Holidays with Your Family
- Setting Goals and Habits to Break Free From Survival Mode
Happy New Year!
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