As the hours stretch on, and the last day of the year rolls steadily by, the lights and signs of Times Square glow lustrously as the ball steadily rises.
Elsewhere, in homes across America, champagne corks are being prepped to pop as families and friends toast the arrival of the new year.
Preparations are well underway to push past memories of the year gone by in favor of hope for the new year while families are planning out the events to carry them through to the night’s end.
6 Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Activities to Add to Your Celebration
Do simple craft projects with your kids that can help you ring in the new year.
Making Space – As the ball drops and the old year disappears, before you get your space ready to ring in the new year with loved ones and friends, take a moment with your family to make a few lovely memories.
Handcrafted party hats, hand decorated balloons, and celebratory banners are simple craft projects that you can do with your kids that can help you ring in the new year in a way that all ages can enjoy.
Little Note: If you’re not looking to mix a few less than subtle pieces into your carefully chosen aesthetic, set aside space in your home to be a child-friendly area and allow your littles to decorate it, keeping the decor and clutter under control.
Your little ones can take some of the stress off of your already overburdened shoulders.
Bake It Up – If you’ve got an entire party to plan, prep, and host, your little ones can take some of the stress off of your already overburdened shoulders while staying in close proximity so that you can keep an eye on them while you cook.
Depending on their ages, they can help with everything from cleaning up the mess your kitchen turns into after creating enough Hors D’Oeuvres to feed an entire party to mixing ingredients while you handle more dangerous roles like chopping and ovenwork.
Little Note: Make this time about more than just the Instagram-worthy feast that you’re crafting, take the time to teach your littles their way around the kitchen now, and they might just gain a few recipes that they can use for a lifetime.
Have everyone write down their own set of plans.
Resolutions – If your littles have already grown past their toddler years, then the concept of a new years resolution won’t be such a distant stretch to explain, and may already be something that they know.
Gather together around the table or in your living room, with pens, pencils, and notebooks, and have everyone write down their own set of plans, goals, and resolutions for the coming year.
Little Note: From logical thinking to a more wellness-minded attitude, this activity can help your little build a range of helpful skills and thinking patterns that they can actually get a lifetime worth of benefits from.
Take a few silly pics alongside the more serious ones.
Take A Picture It’ll Last Longer – Unlike the ever dreaded family Christmas photo, a New Years Eve pic more than likely won’t be passed around to every family member or close friend in your contact list, taking some of the pressure off to make everything picture perfect.
Take time to pick out a theme that the whole family can enjoy or take a few silly pics alongside the more serious ones.
No matter what you decide on, keep it light and fun, and remember to focus more on the memories that you’re in the process of making than the actual photos that are taken.
Little Note: Keep copies of the years worth of images carefully collected in a set of books. As your little one grows older, the memories made on these holidays can make a great gift to help them remember the joy of years long past.
The New Year’s Eve ball drop is the absolute pinnacle of celebration.
Dropping The Ball – For families across the US and around the world, the New Year’s Eve ball drop is the absolute pinnacle of celebration as the old year comes to a close.
Even if the music or entertainment isn’t to your taste, dropping in just before the final countdown can still be a great way for your family to catch the thrill that the crowd packing times square is feeling as the new year arrives, without spending hours on end standing in the frosty New York City air.
Little Note: If the ball drop isn’t your family’s favorite, it’s far from the only option offered on the big day. Cities the world over gather together to leave behind the memories of the past with parties, parades, and age-old traditions that might turn out to be a little more your cup of matcha.
Throw a mini party early to get them in on the celebration.
Early To Bed – If you’ve got babies, toddlers, or younger children, the prospect of them making it all the way to midnight without falling fast asleep may not be the most realistic New Year’s goal.
For your younger littles don’t wait till midnight to celebrate, throw a mini party early to get them in on the celebration, and then get them off to bed well away from the main party so that you can celebrate the new year with friends and family.
Little Note: If you’re looking to get your little ones in on the fun tradition of watching the ball drop, but aren’t ready for the tantrums that will result from waking them back up at midnight for a 10 second countdown, spend a little time browsing about online to pick up a video of the countdown from previous years.