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20 New Year’s Eve Activities for Kids

20 New Year's Eve Actitivies for Kids

When you have kids, celebrating New Year’s Eve can be put in the too hard basket. Pre-kids, you would have had the drinks flowing and the music pumping with the year’s top 50 hits. Adding kids to the party mix tends to reign in the celebration hype, but it doesn’t have to if you get creative and organize some family friendly entertainment that will keep everyone happy. We’ve rounded up 20 New Year’s Eve Activities for Kids that will not only keep them amused, but may also allow you to have a drink and a laugh, and a memorable night for all.

20 New Year's Eve Activities for Kids1. Get the kids to create a wishing wall by asking them to write down what they want to see happen in the New Year. Use stick-it notes to create the wall and keep it hanging during the New Year to see if the wishes come true.

New Year's Eve Wishing Wall
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wishing wall for the new year
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2. Create some countdown bags for the kids to open on each hour as it goes by. Each bag will include an activity or food item.

Countdown bags New Years Eve
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3.  Create a photo scavenger hunt and use photos captured throughout the year. A great way for the kids to reflect on the year that has passed.

Photo scavenger hunt New Years Eve
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4. Why not play New Year’s Eve Bingo? Create the board cards using this tutorial.

New Year's Eve Bingo
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5. If you have spare bubble wrap from Christmas Gifts, why not lay it on the floor for the kids to create their own popping sounds. To limit the noise, get the kids to jump on the bubble wrap when the clock strikes past each hour to Midnight.

New Year's Eve Acitivies
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6. For a fun game for family that are staying with you over the New Year’s Eve holiday, why not swap the Guess Who cards for photos of the family? Play the game as normal but guessing which family member instead.

family Guess Who
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7. Make your own balloon drop. The kids will love this. The full tutorial on how to make your own can be found here.

New Year's Eve Balloon Drop
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8. Why not play some minute to win it games? This game involves knocking down 12 cups using stockings and a ball.

New Year's Eve Kids Activities
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9. Another minute to win it game is using a straw to suck M&M’s and place them on a clock paper plate.

New Year's Eve Activities for kids
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10. Why not create a time capsule? Use our free printable and as a family decorate a tin using photos from that year.

Time Capsule New Year's Eve
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11. Alternatively  you could make a time capsule using a 2Lt Soft Drink Bottle.

Time caspule for New Year's Eve
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12. While the adults drink responsibly away, why not create a fun drink and snack for the kids? Pour milk into martini or champagne glasses and top with a homemade cookie that they can treat themselves.

New Year's Eve for Kids
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13. Craft is a great way to keep the kids occupied as they count down the hours till midnight. Why not paint some party hats with chalkboard paint and get the kids to design their own hat with chalk.

New Year's Eve Kids Actitivies
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14. To balance the sugar, get the kids to make their own fruit kebabs as they launch into the New Year.

New Year's Eve Actitivies
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15. Get the kids to make their own funny face horns.

New YEar's Eve Party Ideas
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16. If the kids aren’t fans of the loud fireworks, get them to make their own using pipe cleaners.

New Year's Eve Activities
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17. Or if you want to get tricky, make fireworks in a jar.

New YEar's Eve Activities
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18. Turn glow sticks into rings and play Glow in the Dark Ring Toss.

Glow in the Dark Ring Toss
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19. Get the kids to practice their fine motor skills by playing Tic Tac Clock – where the kids have to use tweezers to pick up a tic tac and place it on the adjacent plate.

New Year's Eve Party IDeas
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20. Turn the music up and organize karaoke and a dance floor for the kids to party up and have fun.

New Year's Eve Kids Activities
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What will you be doing for New Year’s Eve with the kids?

Don’t forget to print your free NYE Time Capsule Printable and create a family tradition this New Year’s Eve.






Rebecca Senyard

Rebecca Senyard

Rebecca Senyard is a plumber by day and stylist by night but these days she changes more nappies than washers. She is a happily married mum to three young daughters who she styles on a regular basis. Rebecca is not only an award winning plumber, she also writes an award winning blog called The Plumbette where she shares her life experiences as a plumber and mother. Rebecca also blogs at Styled by Bec believing a girl can be both practical and stylish. Links to the blogs are and

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