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.

Spend quality family time together on New Year's Eve sending out the old year and seeing in the new without a party in site with these simple ideas of things you can do.
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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.

Countdown to the New Year with your kids with these activities that are kid-friendly and a perfect way to celebrate New Year's Eve together as a family.
Check out some of our Activities for Families that are perfect for doing on New Year’s Eve.

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

Playing Games at home that promote sharing and taking turns getting your child ready to start kindergarten in the fall

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

Encouraging boys to read - connecting screen with stories via A Series of Unfortunate Events

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

Selection of the best bits on Netflix this Christmas for families to download, watch and enjoy plus a favourite for the Mums as well.

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!

Spend quality family time together on New Year's Eve sending out the old year and seeing in the new without a party in site with these simple ideas of things you can do.

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.

Check out our other ideas for New Year’s Eve for Families

Spend quality family time together on New Year's Eve sending out the old year and seeing in the new without a party in site with these simple ideas of things you can do.
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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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