When we think of New Year’s Eve, fancy attire, crowded parties, and staying up until midnight usually come to mind. But not for the under-four-foot crowd (or for us parents, for that matter).
But that doesn’t mean your family celebration has to be boring. Here are 16 kid-friendly activities to do with your youngins this year. Prepare to find lots of fun ideas in 3 … 2 … 1 …
1. Countdown to the “Noon” Year
If your kids just can’t keep their eyes open until midnight, have your own countdown to 12 PM instead. Throw on their favorite movies, or have them choose one of Netflix’s kids countdowns. They’ll love celebrating the New Year with their favorite characters (whatever the time).
2. Make some (not-so-noisy) noisemakers
Before the celebration officially starts, have your kids make their own noisemakers to shake when the clock strikes 12. (via Classic Play)
3. Cheers with mocktails
Since our tots can’t clink glasses of champagne, make these Pop Rocks mocktails so they can join in on the fun. (via Babble)
4. Have a dance party
Create a mix of fun songs, and ring in the New Year to the beat of your favorite tunes. (Bonus points if they were all made in 2016!)
5. Craft a countdown clock
Have your kids turn these sparkly arrows as the hours tick by to 2017. (via Buggy and Buddy)
6. Watch football
The college football playoff semifinals is a great way to spend the holiday, for kids who can’t stay up too late. Make some yummy snacks with them, like the below, and you’ve got the perfect NYE celebration for the whole family to enjoy.
7. Make pull-apart pizza bread
Enjoy a twist on pizza with this easy-to-make pizza style monkey bread.
8. Make your resolutions
Review the past year and look forward to the future with this printable. It will also make a great keepsake to look back on. (via Thirty Handmade Days)
9. Enjoy these edible sprinkle spoons
A fun activity and treat, these edible spoons will out-color your New Year’s Eve confetti. Plus, they pair perfectly with hot cocoa. (via Babble)
10. Make an aspirational collage
Give your kids a stack of magazines and have them cut out pictures or words of things they want to do, see, or be in 2017.
11. Create a wishing wand
This is a cute and creative way for your kids to share their New Year’s resolutions. (via One Artsy Mama)
12. Play New Year’s Eve bingo
This is a fun game for the whole family. Try to get four in a row to be the champion of New Year’s Eve. (via Capturing Joy)
13. Have a family slumber party
Get into those comfy pjs, build a fort with sheets, and pop in a good movie for a fun night in.
14. Snack on confetti Oreo pops
This is a festive (and easy) treat that your kiddos will have fun making and eating! (via Babble)
15. Bake some sparkle cookies
Add some sparkle to your New Year’s celebration with these pretty and yummy cookies. (via Babble)
16. Play “guess the resolution” game
See how well you know your family members: Have everyone write down their resolution on a small piece of paper. Collect, mix them up, and guess whose is whose.More On