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Fun-filled family night activities based around themes kids love!
5 Ways to Ring in the New Year with Kids!
It is tradition for adults to drink some "bubbly" at the stroke of midnight. Let your kids enjoy their own bubbly beverages: a juice bar with seltzer water or club soda! Kids love making their own juice blends, and adding some fizz makes it special.
Or, get out some bubble solution usually reserved for springtime, and celebrate the new year with some bubbles floating in the air.2. Not-So-Fiery Fireworks
I wasn't sure whether to place this next idea in the "bubbles" category or the "fireworks/explosion" category. There is something about starting the new year with a bang, and I don't know a kid around that doesn't enjoy watching the now classic Mentos/Diet Coke experiment. In lieu of popping a bottle of champagne, kids might just love the opportunity to welcome the new year with a Diet Coke explosion! (If you are not familiar with this experiment, beware that it gets very messy--but dropping Mentos candy into a 2 liter bottle of coke makes an impressive fountain. Definitely an OUTDOOR activity!)
Kids might also enjoy a fireworks craft. Let your little ones design their own fireworks on paper. Provide black construction paper, white school glue, and glitter. Help them make squiggles of glue, and add glitter to their fireworks design.3. Ball-Drop
The majority of Americans wait for "THE ball" to drop on New Year's Eve. Tell your kids about this tradition. Perhaps they will want to design their own "balls" to drop (such as a styrofoam ball decorated with glitter, sequins and craft supplies, or a ball made out of aluminium foil with streamers attached). Or if your kids are active like my boys, they might just enjoy dropping balls (my kids love any excuse to bounce a ball!).
4. New Year’s Baby
My kids always ask me about the "New Year's Baby," and I'm not sure that I get it myself. However, it does seem to be the iconic depiction of the new year. So, why not embrace the idea and have fun with it? Get out or borrow some baby dolls and have diaper changing races or stroller races--could make for quite a memorable start to the new year!5. Holiday Treats and New Year's Resolutions
New Year's Eve tends to be the last evening of holiday indulgence before the "New Year's resolutions" kick in. Kids won't be thinking about such things. However, they will love some holiday treats! Here is a twist on one holiday treat: instead of drinking eggnog, place it in an ice cream maker instead--yum, eggnog ice cream!
And speaking of resolutions, even though kids might not be old enough to understand the tradition, perhaps it is a great time to write down the things your kids wish for the coming year. Their thoughts would be the perfect addition to a scrapbook!
Happy New Year!
Are you looking for more fun ideas for kids? My new book, Memory Making Meals: Fun & Easy Family Dinners (Created by an Ordinary Mom), is now available on Amazon (both paperback and Kindle editions). Click on title below picture.
And for more fun ideas and activities for your family, take a look at my book Let the Adventure Begin! Theme Nights for Families with Young Children (available on Amazon in both paperback book and Kindle versions). It includes ideas, activities and resources for 56 family fun night themes.
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