The holiday rush is winding down and there is one more big celebration on the horizon…New Year’s Eve.  If you plan to stay home with your kids (where it will be safe and warm) this year, here are some fun activities you can do with them to make the night special:

  • - Take a hike before dark.  If it’s nice outside (and not too cold) it will be good to get outside and burn off some energy.  If your little ones want to stay up to ring in the new year (and you’re ok with that) taking a long walk early in the day may tire them out enough to take a short nap so that they can stay up for the festivities.
     
  • - Create a sparkling Mocktail for you and your kids to enjoy.  Don’t trust them with your crystal champagne glasses?  Buy some plastic ones for the occasion.  Have everyone give their own toast to the new year by telling one thing they will remember about 2018 and one thing they are looking forward to in 2019.
     
  • - If your littles are too young to stay up until midnight, let them have their own special countdown earlier in the night.  They can ring in the new year with 14 Family Friendly Countdowns on Netflix.
     
  • - Set up a photo booth.  Just because you aren’t going out to a fancy party doesn’t mean you can’t get dressed up, right?  Put on your favorite party outfits and set up an area with some fun DIY New Year's Eve Photo Booth Props and take some great photos to commemorate the night!
     
  • - Have a dance party!  Make a play list of your family’s favorite songs and boogie the night away! 
     
  • - Enjoy a family game night.  Lots of families are so busy throughout the year that they rarely get the opportunity to just spend time together enjoying games.  Take advantage of New Year’s Eve and spend some quality time playing games with your kids.
     
  • - Have a pajama party.  There’s nothing more cozy than a night spent in your favorite comfy pajamas!  Build a fort in the family room and let the kids sleep in sleeping bags on the floor. 

Whatever you end up doing with your kids on New Year’s Eve this year, I hope you have a safe and happy one!

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