Family-friendly celebration: 5 things to do with kids on New Year's Eve 1 month ago

Family-friendly celebration: 5 things to do with kids on New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is almost here, and if you are anything like us, you cannot even be bothered thinking about heading out to a packed bar or worse; a crowded nightclub to celebrate.

Once kids are part of the equation, it suddenly becomes perfectly acceptable to stay home on NYE – phew!

But just because you are staying in with the kids, it doesn't mean you can't make a bit of fuzz about welcoming the new year.

Here are five brilliantly festive ideas for celebrating New Year's Eve – family-style:

1. Get dressed up

Look, you might be staying in, but that is no excuse not to wear your finest festive wear and most sparkly party outfits. Even toddlers will love getting their party best on. And guys – NYE deserves a bit of sparkle, so go big, or go home (you know, if you weren't already at home, that is!). Think glitter, sequins, shiny materials, the works!

2. Do a countdown to pass the time

If your children are old enough to stay awake until midnight, you might need to have a couple of activities up your sleeve to keep them busy while you are all waiting for the clock to strike midnight and 2020 to begin.

Have something that the kids have to do or perform on the hour, every hour for the evening, and the hours will fly by.

For instance, at 6pm, write a thank-you letter to 2019. At 7pm, take a family selfie, at 8pm, write down a bucket list for 2020.

3. Celebrate with friends

One thing that always will make your NYE celebrations more festive is celebrating with friends. So ask your friends (with kids) over for a sleepover, and voila; instant party.

The kids can play (or do the countdown activities above) and once they are all in bed, you adults can toast with prosecco.

4. Make a New Year's Eve box

Christmas Eve boxes have been doing the rounds the past couple of Christmases, but if you are staying in to celebrate NYE, why not make up a New Years Eve box too?

Fill the box with sparkly party hats, new pyjamas, crackers, sparklers (to take outside and light at midnight), treats, popcorn, a new DVD, and a festive (non-alcoholic) drink – in other words, everything you need for a night in on the sofa

5. Make a family time capsule

A year is a long time – especially for little ones.

So to have something super-fun to look forward to next NYE, why not make a family time capsule. All you need is an old shoebox (or cake tin or whatever) and fill it with things you dream of or wish will happen in 2020, things you look forward to, funny things and maybe even things you worry about for the new year.

Then close the lid and set the box somewhere it won't go missing. Next New Year's Eve, gather the family and open the box – and marvel at what came through, what happened and didn't happen in 2020. A wish-box like this is also a great way to teach children about gratitude and appreciating all the good things you have in your life.

Tell us, how do YOU celebrate NYE with your kids?