20 fun New Year’s Eve activities for kids

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Confetti fight for new year's eve

Celebrating at home with family and friends is a lovely (and perhaps more relaxing!) way to see out one year and welcome the next.

If you’re letting the kiddies stay up past their bedtimes, it can be a good idea to have a few activities up your sleeve. Otherwise, the anticipation can be, well, a little too much to handle for some young ones!

Here are 20 New Year’s Eve activities for pint-sized party people that will make this NYE a night to remember!

1. Let’s get sparkly!

Sparkle hunt, new year's eve 2016 kids activities ideas

Fireworks, sparklers, confetti! NYE is all about the sparkles, so if the kids are still up when the sun goes down, send them on a sparkle hunt!

This tricked-up version of a treasure hunt sends your kiddliwinks off with torches to seek out moon sparkles (otherwise known as glitter to you and me!) (via Jacks & Kate)

2. Count it down

Countdown calendar New year's eve 2016 kids activities ideas

Mark the passing of the evening with a countdown calendar like this one. It’s like an advent calendar, but for New Year’s Eve!

Each hour brings a new activity or question to chat about. And confetti, did we mention there’s also confetti. (via Modern Parents Messy Kids)

3. Bingo!

Bingo, New year's eve 2016 kids activities ideas

Bust out your bingo lingo for a kid-friendly game of New Year’s Eve bingo!

A great one for the littlies to get involved in and all the work has been done for you with this gorgeous printable NYE bingo set. (via Playdough to Plato)

4. Strike a pose

DIY photo booth New year's eve 2016 kids activities ideas

Gather up the dress-ups and set up your own photo booth for some photographic fun!

This one takes a little planning as you’ll need to sort out your camera set-up, but kids and adults alike will love it! (via A Beautiful Mess)

5. Pop scotch

Bubble jump Martha Stewart, New year's eve 2016 kids activities ideas

Roll out the bubble wrap and let your little ones hop and pop into the new year!

All it takes is some large bubble wrap, add a bit of colour with permanent textas, lay down a little paper to make the colour pop (pardon the pun!) and then tape it all down and let the stamping begin! (via Martha Stewart)

6. Balloon drop

Celebrate NYE with a balloon drop

You may not be in Times Square, but you can create your own ball(oon) drop at home!

Just take an old sheet, add some balloons and confetti, tie it all up and when the big moment comes release it all and let the kiddos go crazy!

7. Leave your hat on

IY party hat, New year's eve 2016 kids activities ideas

Up the festive vibe with party hats for all the family! Better yet, turn it into an activity with this DIY party hat station.

Collect up a few supplies (odds and ends from other projects are perfect!) and get crafting! (via Oh Happy Day)

8. Just add water

Water bomb sponge, New year's eve 2016 kids activities ideas

We’ve had a scorching start to summer this year, so a little water fun may be just the ticket for this NYE.

Rather than filling water balloons and watching them all disappear in 0.5 seconds, try these reusable sponge water bombs. And then run for cover! (via The Chic Site)

9. Photo scavenger hunt

Photo scavenger hunt, New year's eve 2016 kids activities ideas

Another variation of the good ol’ treasure hunt, this year in review scavenger hunt takes your family memories from the past year and turns them into the perfect NYE game!

Print out some photos, stick them onto a card and then hide them around the house for your little ones to find. You can reminisce together when they’re all found! (via No Time for Flash Cards)

10. Make a toast

Milk and sprinkles toast, New year's eve 2016 kids activities ideas

Don’t leave the little ones out of the toasting action when the clock strikes 12 (or 8 or 9!). These little glasses of milk and sprinkles look so sweet and will make your littlest party people feel oh so special. (via Little Peanut)

11. Fireworks (without the fire)!

DIY firework toy, New year's eve 2016 kids activities ideas

Another one for little crafting fingers, these splendiferous pop-up fireworks will add a little razzle dazzle when you ring in the new year, without the risk of third-degree burns!

Set up a DIY table earlier in the evening and then go crackers at midnight! (via Kids Craft Room)

12. Bubbles!

Giant bubbles, New year's eve 2016 kids activities ideas

Because who doesn’t love giant bubbles! (via Lindsay & Drew)

13. Fancy glasses

Fancy glasses for kids new year's eve

Glitter, sequins, sparkles, feathers – it all screams New Year’s Eve! Pick up some cheap glasses from a $2 store, pop out the lenses and let the kids loose in the craft cupboard. (via Ruffles And Stuff)

14. Glitter eggs

Glitter eggs for New Year's Eve with kids

Tradition says that these eggs broken on the head of a friend will bring good luck – so they seem a perfectly acceptable way to herald in a new year! These mini-pinatas will go down a treat with the kids. (via Oh Happy Day)

15. Fortune teller

New Year's Eve fortune teller for kids

Want to know what 2018 will bring? Let the New Year’s Eve fortune teller tell you! Print out this childhood throwback and have some fun. (via Bren Did)

16. Fun fortune cookies

Fun fortune cookies for New Year's Eve with kids

A pack of fortune cookies, some candy melts and sprinkles and we foretell a fun kids New Year’s Eve will be had! (via Happiness is Homemade)

17. Pop goes the clock

New Year's Even balloon countdown

This clever activity makes sure the kids stay up until the big countdown. Put a slip of paper with an activity in each balloon and pop it as the clock counts down. Early activities might include making cupcakes, later on it’s time to get out the sparklers. (via One Good Thing)

18. Cookie countdown

Did somebody say cookie clock?! This is the tastiest darn countdown the kids will ever see – a cookie per hour seems like a grand way to see in the new year. (via A Photo A Day)

19. DIY confetti sticks

Make your own confetti sticks for new year's eve

These pretty little sticks hold a colourful secret – just snip them in half and they become a party in a straw! The kids can help make them during the day, they’re a great activity for building fine motor skills. (via Best Friends For Frosting)

20. Confetti fight

New Year's Eve confetti fight

If your kiddos have zero chance of making it to midnight, try throwing a Noon Year’s Eve Party. That way if you do something adventurous and crazy, it won’t mean trying to wrangle hyped-up kids into bed! A confetti party is a great way to celebrate Noon Year’s Eve – just pack some boxes with confetti-filled straws and containers and the kids will do the rest! (via Kojodesigns)

One last thought…

There’s a reason there is often a fireworks display at a more family-friendly hour before the big she-bam comes around. Why not use this trick in your own home and celebrate the new year a little earlier in the evening?

Your little cuties will still enjoy the party vibe and everyone will begin 2023 well-rested and ready for a brilliant year ahead!

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