12 New Year’s Eve Ideas for Kids

This year, I have been toying with the idea of letting Ethan stay up late and watch the ball drop. This could go either way.

  1. He stays up late and actually, for once in his life, sleeps in.
  2. He stays up late and gets up his usual time, 5:30/6.

See the dilemma?

If I let him stay up, I am going to need some things to help him stay awake and to make it fun. Here are 15 great New Year’s Eve Ideas for Kids!

12 New Year’s Eve Ideas for Kids

12 New Years Eve ideas for kids

1. New Year’s Eve Scavenger Hunt – This is the in the running for the activity this year. This great idea from No Time for Flash Cards is a great way to reminisce as a family and look forward to the new year.

new years eve scavenger hunt

2. Balloon Countdown – This is such an easy one! I have some balloons left over from a birthday party so it will be easy to recreate this idea from Craftibilities.

new years eve balloon countdown

3. New Year’s Eve Countdown – This is another great countdown activity from East Coast Mommy if you don’t have balloons around the house.

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4. Kids New Year’s Resolution Printable – This free printable from 30 Handmade Days is easy for kids to fill out kids fill and reflect on memories from the past year.


5. Host a Kid Friendly Party – Sweet Little Peanut has an adorable New Year’s Eve party planned for you including homemade noisemakers and fun snacks!


6. Family Time Capsule – This is so easy, I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before! Kelli Crowe shows you how to make an easy family time capsule.


7. Paper Number Pinatas  – I wish I was as crafty as A Subtle Revlery because these paper number pinatas are genius!


8. Bubblewrap Noise Maker – My kids would absolutely love this from Playtime with Mommy.

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9. Make Your Own New Year’s Eve Ball  – How cute and easy is this New Year’s Eve Ball from The Mother Huddle.


10. New Year’s Eve Fizz Countdown – This is a fun and educational way to countdown to the New Year from Inspired By Family Mag.


11. Ring in the New Year – What’s a party without a favor! This Ring Pop favor from Bloom Design Online is just too cute!


12. New Year’s Eve Printable Photo Booth Props – You know if we let Ethan stay up, I’ll be taking pictures! What better way to pass the time than to take some silly pictures with these props from Kludgy Mom.


Are you letting the kids stay up late for New Year’s Eve? How are you planning on keeping them awake?

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