During the winter months, we sometimes tend to morph into homebodies. New Year’s Eve parties are just not our thing, and we prefer to spend quality time with a family instead. We used to attend New Year’s Eve parties almost every year, but the kids came along, and life just got busy. Instead of paying for a babysitter to go out and spend the first moments of the new year away from each other, here are some fun things to do as a family on New Year’s Eve.
Whip up a Mocktail
Instead of the traditional champagne, make a tasty mocktail with your kids! You can look up a recipe check out this selection of Mocktails from 3 Boys and a Dog, or even invent your own! Instead of just sticking with the traditional sparkling cider or grape juice, we take things up a notch by creating our own mocktails!
Do a New Year’s Eve themed craft
While the New Year’s shows are on in the background, do a fun craft with your family! Here are fun holiday crackers you can make to bring in the new year, or you can check out some fun New Year’s Eve crafts for kids here.
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Make New Year’s Resolutions
The New Year means a fresh start for your goals and resolutions! Sit down as a family and make your own New Year’s resolutions and goals for the year, and even do a few as a family. Find out about setting your family goals in 2017.
Create a Time Capsule
Get a shoe box and put anything you want to remember for this year in a container. You can choose to hide it until next year or even longer than that if you want.
Play a Game Together
You can break out the board games or give one of these fun New Year's Eve Party Games for Families a try! These are great ways to keep everyone entertained until midnight!
Read a Book Together
Pick out a book from the library to sit down and read together as a family. It can be a long book or short book, and you can even take turns as a family reading the chapters.
If you don’t want to read it yourself, consider getting an audiobook version and snuggling together to listen to it.
Have a Movie Marathon
New Year’s Eve is a great chance to binge-watch some movies with your family.
Make some fun New Year’s Eve Party Foods for your family and snack throughout the night while watching movies until the ball drops. Check out our selection of movies on Netflix this season to see what you could be watching.
Attend a New Year’s Eve Event in your City
If you don’t want to go to a party, you can still take your family out for a night on the town. Look at your community calendar or even check Facebook for New Year’s Eve events going on near you. You may be able to catch some fireworks or attend an event somewhere on the big day!
Bring in the new year with your family and skip the party this year. You’ll have just as much fun at home with your kids, and make memories together that will last a lifetime.
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