New Year’s Eve Party Ideas for Kids


New Year’s Eve is a great time to gather the family around the table to enjoy some board games. Have a tournament that lasts until midnight.

In addition to board games, these New Year’s Eve party games are a fun way to celebrate the occasion. From guessing other guests’ resolutions to New Year’s karaoke, these ideas for kids’ party games and activities are designed to entertain guests of all ages at your celebration.

Mock Countdown

If the kids at your celebration are too young to stay up until midnight, you can have a mock countdown at a more suitable time. Simply change the clocks so that they will strike 12 when it is actually only 8 or 9 p.m. Hand out noisemakers, party hats, and confetti to toss when the countdown ends. This is a great way for kids to be a part of the celebration but still get to bed on time.

Celebrate With Balloons

Maybe you can’t have a ball drop in your home, but you can have a bunch of balloons drop as you ring in the New Year. Use a balloon drop kit, or make your own by filling some netting or a plastic tablecloth with inflated balloons. Tape the balloon-filled net to the ceiling in the party room and release them when guests reach the end of their midnight countdown.

Warm Cocoa Toast

Kids want to be a part of the New Year’s Eve toast, too. Why not let them indulge with a fancy champagne flute or wine glass – made of plastic and filled with non-alcoholic drinks, of course.

You can pour a kid-friendly punch or even milk into their fancy beverage cups, but my favorite is warm cocoa (hot cocoa that has been allowed to cool just a bit), topped with marshmallows.

Midnight Snack Bags

Staying up late can really work up an appetite. Have kids make their own snack bags to open up and enjoy at midnight. They can fill brown paper lunch bags with treats such as New Year’s cookies or winter trail mix. Have them draw their own countdown clocks on circles cut out of cardstock or sheets of foam, and paste them into the bags.

New Year’s Tree Trimming

If your Christmas tree is still standing, why not redecorate it for the occasion? Remove the Christmas ornaments and invite kids to a celebration that includes trimming the tree with New Year’s decorations such as silver tinsel, noisemakers, balloons, and streamers. Don’t forget the shiny top hat as the tree-topper!

New Year’s Countdown Cake

Have kids help paint the numbers on the cookies for this cake, then take one off and eat it for every hour that passes. At midnight, it’s finally time to cut and enjoy the rest of the cake!

Photo Booth

With party hats on and noisemakers in hand, the kids at your party are practically begging for a photo-op. A photo booth is a fun addition to any party, but especially exciting on New Year’s Eve. Whether you make your own booth, rent one or hire a professional photographer, these photo booth party ideas just may make your event the highlight of the year.



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