If you are staying in with the kids to celebrate this New Year’s Eve for whatever reason here are some fun ideas to countdown till midnight as a family with our Best New Year’s Eve Ideas for Families.

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The Best New Year’s Eve Ideas for Families

Staying in doesn’t have to be boring as you say goodbye to December and 2021. There’s loads of fun that you can have with the kids this New Year’s Eve. From setting up a Photobooth in your lounge to crafts and a fun family slumber party.

With bedtime out of the window for the older kids, the couch as the party centre here are our favourite things to do as a family as we count down to 2022 and a new year.

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Noon Year’s Eve

If you have little ones in the family then a New Year’s Eve countdown at midnight may not be the best idea! Instead why not celebrate Noon Year’s Eve with them.

Count down to mid-day, fill up the glasses with sparkling grape juice, and have a new year’s eve party in the afternoon!

Check out these fun New Year’s Eve Party Ideas for games and activities that the whole family will enjoy!

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 2021.

Play a Game Together

toddlers playing connect four with family on New Year's Eve

You can break out the board games or how about a fun game of charades.

Last year we played a crazy Kazoo game! It was fun, noisy, and had us laughing around the table as we tried to identify the songs.

Check out some of these other kid-friendly ideas for New Year’s Eve Activities and Crafts to do as a family.

Homemade Photobooth

How about some fun photos of the family for the end of the year, grab a sheet for a backdrop, some props and have fun.

This is a great family-friendly set of photo booth props that will make sure that you all look fantastically silly in your selfies!

Create a Time Capsule

Why not make your own DIY Time Capsule so that you can look back at in the future as a family.

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.

Don’t forget to add in some special New Year’s Eve 2021 Confetti so you know what year it is!

Read a Book Together

dad and son reading 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.

Check out some of our favourite books to read aloud with our collection of book lists from babies to teens.

If you don’t want to read it yourself, consider getting an audiobook version and snuggling together to listen to it. We’ve loved our audible subscription this year with so many books to choose from and listen to it’s been lovely to take the opportunity to take a step back and do the listening instead of reading all the time.

You can trial Audible to see how great it is just subscribe here for the USA and here for the UK.

Whip up a Mocktail

Instead of the traditional champagne, make some tasty treats like mocktails with your kids so that you can toast the New Year.

You can look up a recipe check out this selection of New Year’s Eve 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.

You can bet glitter will be involved but don’t forget to make it biodegradable.

Have a Movie Marathon

child and mum by the Christmas tree looking at movies on a tablet

New Year’s Eve is a great chance to binge-watch some movies with your family. Grab your sleeping bags, pillows and blankets and snuggle up in the living room and have a great movie marathon till New Year’s Day.

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 Celebration 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.

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

Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.

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