If you have kids, you’re likely not celebrating the New Year at bars and clubs anymore. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have just as much fun, or even more fun, celebrating with your family. From having dinner together to making a fort, the fun ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve are endless. Here are some of our favorite, kid-friendly ways to celebrate.
Decorate Your House
With a quick trip to the party store, you can transform your house into party central. Blow up balloons, get New Year’s top hats, headbands, and party glasses that read 2021! Party crackers and poppers are also a great way to add to the festivities.
Have a Special Dinner
Just like you would on Christmas Day or Thanksgiving, have a special dinner with your family. But instead of ham or turkey, ask your kids what their favorite meal of the year is. Chances are you’ll be making chicken nuggets or mac and cheese, but eating your favorite meal is a great way to cap off the year.
A few days before December 31, sit down with your kids and ask them what they want to accomplish next year. This could be anything from reading more to helping out around the house. Throughout the year, check in with them to keep track of their resolution. At the end of the year, whoever made the most progress can get a small reward like extra dessert or staying up late.
Countdown to the New Year Early
If you’re worried your kids can’t make it to midnight or will get too cranky if they stay up late, do the countdown before midnight. If you search “ New Year’s countdown” on YouTube, thousands of videos will pop up. Netflix even offers a countdown with cartoon characters your kids will love.
No New Year’s Eve celebration is complete without fireworks. If your kids can make it to midnight, head outside. There’s sure to be someone in your neighborhood setting off fireworks to celebrate. Sparklers are a fun way to get your kids in on the fun, too. You can also search New Year’s firework displays on YouTube from all over the world. Some of the best come from Sydney, London, and New York City.
Make a Fort
If you think you’re too old to enjoy building a blanket and pillow fort, you’re mistaken. Making one with your kids brings out your inner child—plus you’ll have no issue getting them to sleep that night. They’ll most likely fall asleep in it long before it’s bedtime.
Host a Virtual Party
You’ll most likely be ringing in the new year at home with just your immediate family. You could also host a virtual party on Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime. A virtual party will keep everyone safe, and it still allows you to start the new year with the people you love.
Board games are a perfect way to pass the time. Games like Monopoly and Scrabble take hours and are perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Just make sure you’re not having too much fun that you miss the countdown.
Sign Your Kids Up for Frogbridge Day Camp
While you’re ringing in the new year, sign your kids up for a summer day camp in Central NJ at Frogbridge Day Camp. Across our 86 acres, our campers enjoy various outdoor activities like fishing, archery, and swimming. If you’ve never experienced the wonders of Frogbridge Day Camp, we invite you to book a private tour for you and your family to explore our facilities.
We would love to host your children at our beautiful camp this summer. To learn more about our facilities, call (609) 208-9050 or register your child for camp online.