For many, New Year’s Eve means going out with friends, taking part in extravagant parties and even perhaps having a little too much fun. However, if you have kids, especially extremely young ones, chances are you have trouble finding a sitter on New Year’s Eve. Or if you’re like me, maybe you just really like to have a fun family-oriented New Year’s celebration instead.
After all, being home with your family doesn’t mean that you can’t have your own fun to welcome the new year. See this as an opportunity to celebrate with your little ones and create long lasting memories. Who really wants to go out in the cold, source babysitters and navigate through crowds anyways? Especially when you can have fun celebrating New Year’s Eve with your family.
Great Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Your Family
Play Dress Up.
The sky is the limit when it comes to your New Year’s Eve attire. Especially if you are celebrating at home. Get dressed up in your fanciest clothing or your silliest pajamas.
Write your grateful list with your family.
Sit down and give everyone a few pieces of paper to write what they are grateful for from 2018. Then, put the lists in jars and read them the next New Year’s Eve.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve a bit early.
If your children are extremely young, you can celebrate at 8 pm rather than midnight. This will make sure that they start the new year off well rested and gives the adults some time to relax and welcome the new year alone.
Bundle up and go see some fireworks.
If your area puts on a firework display for the New Year, bundle everyone up to go see them. Don’t forget the hot chocolate and a warm blanket to snuggle under as you watch. If you live in the London Ontario area, there are two fireworks celebrations to attend – one at 9 pm and one at midnight!
Dance into the New Year.
Clear a space in your home to make way for some serious dance moves, throw on some amazing music, and let loose with the littles.
Have a family sleepover in the living room.
Have every member of the family bring their mattresses out to the living room and get ready for the ultimate sleepover. Bonus points if you build a giant fort. Remember though, a fort just isn’t a fort without an abundance of comfortable pillows.
Have a board game marathon.
This is one of our favorite New Year’s Eve activities! Pick some of your family favourites and gather around a table to play games well into the new year. Want some more active games? Here are some fun family-friendly games to play!
Use glow sticks rather than sparklers.
It may be a little cold to go outside and use sparklers. Never fear, glow sticks are here. Turn off all the lights and dance around with glow sticks.
There are lots of amazing ways to welcome in the new year with your family this year. Just get creative and remember, the sky is the limit. Your kids can either enjoy an early celebration with the kids, or let them stay up to see the ball drop. No matter what you choose, welcoming the new year together is a bonding experience everyone will remember for a long time!
How will you celebrate New Year’s Eve with your family?