Kid Friendly Ways to Ring in the New Year

Kid Friendly New Years from Travel Parent Eat

Before kids New Year’s Eve for us usually involved parties, dancing, and a lot of raucous. These days, it is more like planning an altered nap schedule so we aren’t dealing with late night breakdowns, and debating the merit of letting the kids stay up until midnight.

Truthfully, I wouldn’t change a thing. I love my family, and I can’t think of a better way to ring in a new year than with them by my side. But that doesn’t make it easy. Most younger kids aren’t even sure why you are celebrating, as some can’t quite grasp the concept of a year. So how do you include them in the fun? I have put together this list of kid friendly ideas and fun ways to ring in the New Year, family style!


Make a Time Capusule, or use one of the 19 other ideas from Growing A Jeweled Rose.

Growing a Jeweled Rose

Make Countdown Goody Bags. How much fun are these great countdown ideas for kids from Inner Child Fun?

Inner Child

Make Party Desserts. Need a list of great kid friendly desserts? We love this one from Hoosier Homemade.

NY Dessert

Make Your Own Party Hats! Crafts are always fun, and making photo booth props and party hats is a blast. Check out these ten fun ideas we found on Babble.

babble party hats

Pic booth props

Create a Favorite Memories Jar. I love the idea of reminding kids to think about the good from the past year. Look at these and other ideas from Mommy and Four Peas in a Pod.

mommy and 4 peasParty with Glow Sticks. Or use any of the other fun ideas from The Dating Divas.

a family new years

What do you do to celebrate the close of one year and the start of another as a family? Tell us on Facebook or in the comments section below. Feel free to link to your favorite ideas, or tag us on Pinterest. With four crazy munchkins, I could use all the ideas I can get.


About Rachael

I am Rachael, I have a passion for all things travel. I have an incurable wanderlust, and a need to see and do. I have four littles that call me "mom" and I am currently wading through the ever changing tides of parenting. I am figuring out what works, and what doesn't. And, I have a passion for food. In fact, I have an entire website dedicated to food I love to eat, cook, and try new things.

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