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Best Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Kids at Home Ring in 2024

Best Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Kids at Home Ring in 2024

Wondering what to do on New Year’s Eve to Ring in 2024? There are tons of fun things to do on New Year’s Eve with kids at home. Entertaining Family-friendly New Year’s Eve activities and ideas the whole family will enjoy doing together.

If you’re planning to host some friends this year or just spending the night celebrating with your kids at home you’ll want to do something to make the night special.

It’s a celebration so don’t make it just like any regular night at home. Kick it up a notch!

Grab a few of these fun party ideas for kids and add some excitement to the night for the entire family. Wondering how to do this? I’ve got you covered with 17 awesome ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with family & friends.

Use these fun ideas to start a new family tradition and make it a night everyone looks forward to celebrating together each year.

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Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve with Kids at Home

Top Things to do on New Year's Eve with kids. Fun ways to celebrate and holiday activities the whole family will love. Make a Balloon drop, DIY balloon countdown & countdown bags, party poppers, yummy desserts & more. All the ideas families need to plan an awesome New Year's Eve party.

There are tons of fun things to do on New Year’s Eve with Kids. Unique family-friendly ways to celebrate and ring in the New Year. It’s a great night to have some family time and enjoy the night with young kids or older kids. I’ll show you lots of fun ideas to make it an unforgettable night.

Here are our favorite ways to celebrate with our kids and I hope you will have a blast doing them too!

Tip: In the article, I will refer to Midnight as the time to celebrate but keep in mind you can celebrate at any time if you have younger kids. You could even make it a Noon Year’s Eve or celebrate on New Year’s Day.

Or if you live on the West Coast take advantage of the different time zones and celebrate the New York countdown & ball drop in Times Square.

If you can’t be in person with your family or friends this year consider throwing a virtual party with fun family games to play on Zoom. Don’t miss out on celebrating with loved ones who live far away.

Consider adding a fun White Elephant Gift Exchange to your New Year’s Eve party too! Who doesn’t love having a fun gift to take home?

1. New Year’s Party Poppers

Fun & Easy DIY Confetti Party Poppers to celebrate New Year's Eve with Kids at Home.

Add a BANG to your New Year’s Eve with easy DIY Party Poppers. Let everyone shoot their confetti cannons off when you ring in the new year.

The poppers are simple to make with toilet paper rolls, tissue paper, and ribbons. Get directions and be ready to celebrate with your own DIY Party Poppers.

2. Balloon Countdown

DIY Balloon Countdown for New Year's Eve with Kids. A fun way to ring in the new year with balloons to pop every hour.

Add to the anticipation and excitement of celebrating New Year’s with a balloon countdown. Kids can pop a balloon every hour to create a New Year’s Eve Countdown.

To make the countdown all you need is a poster board, markers, and balloons.

Pick a time to start a countdown. We started at 5 pm and had a balloon for every hour till midnight. You could also try every half hour or end your countdown earlier than midnight if you have younger kids.

Tip: If all the kids will want to pop the balloons make sure you have enough time slots for each kid to get a chance.

Write on each balloon the time with a marker. Then tape the balloon to the posterboard in order of the timeline.

Lastly, let each child have a chance to pop the balloon when it’s their time.

This was a huge hit when we did this countdown last year with the kid begging to do it again this year.

3. DIY Photo Booth on New Year’s Eve with Kids & Adults

Plan a DIY Photo Booth for your at home New Year's Eve party. Kids and adults will have a blast with the silly props and taking different funny pictures together to ring in the New Year celebrations.

Kids love to take pictures and selfies. So why not create a fun photo booth for New Year’s Eve?

First, buy a frame or border everyone can hold up when you take pictures. You could also do a fringe curtain background you tape up on the wall to designate a set photo booth location.

An easy DIY background would be to tape streamers hanging down the wall to create your background for the pictures.

Lastly, make sure to get fun photo props for everyone to hold in the pictures.  Kids will have so much fun picking out which silly props they want to hold up and making funny faces for the camera.  

4. Balloon Drop

DIY Balloon Drop for a New Year's Eve with Kids. A fun thing to do on New Year's eve at parties. They'll love this easy balloon drop with a plastic tablecloth, balloons and tape.

Make it feel extra special when the clock strikes midnight (or whatever time you celebrate) with a DIY balloon drop. It’s the at-home version of the ball drop.

These are super easy to make with Dollar Tree items. Pick up a plastic tablecloth, balloons, painter’s tape, and some string.

Cut your tablecloth in half then tape it together with painter’s tape. Lay a string across the area where your painter’s tape is to be your ripcord. Make sure to leave some of the string on each side hanging out to pull later.

Tape the tablecloth to the ceiling with painter’s tape so you won’t get any marks on your ceiling. Make sure to let it hang down enough that you can fit the balloons inside. Once it’s taped up add your balloons.

When it’s time to do your countdown pull the sting when you yell Happy New Year’s to release the balloons.

5. Minute to Win It Party Games

Minute to Win It game to play on New Year's Eve with Kids for parties or at home.

Break up the night with some fun Minute to Win It Games for Kids. These are quick 1-minute games kids and parents will love trying.

The best part is you probably have everything you need already in your house to play.

You can create teams for competition or just play for fun. There are tons of fun games to choose from and should keep everyone entertained.

Learn how to play and get tons of ideas in our:

Fun Party Game Marshmallow Snowman Stack Minute to Win It Game. Perfect for New year's eve parties for kids at home.

20 Easy Minute to Win It Games for Kids

Best Minute to Win It Games for Teens & Tweens

Family Minute to Win It Christmas Games

After you play Minute to Win It calm the kids down with a fun Christmas Bingo Game, Christmas Family Feud game, or Christmas Coloring pages. Just download the free printables and you’ll be ready to play.

Best Free Printable Christmas Games for kids at Christmas Parties, school parties and family game nights. Enjoy playing party games like Christmas Trivia, Bingo, Pictionary, Charades, Scavenger Hunts and Holiday Would You Rather. Just print out the games and your ready to play!

6. Would You Rather Game

Hilarious Would You Rather Questions for Kids. A fun party game for kids to play at New year's parties & virtual parties. How to play the game and free printable pdf cards.

If you really want a hilarious game grab our FREE printable Would You Rather Games for Kids. These are quick clean questions to read off at your party and start some pretty funny conversations.

This is a great way to really get the conversation going with your kids. Especially those hard-to-please teens and tweens.

FREE Would You Rather Printables

Funniest Would You Rather Questions for Kids

Best Would You Rather Questions for Teens & Tweens

Kid’s Favorite Would You Rather Questions for Christmas

Find More Winter & Christmas Game ideas on our Holiday Page.

7. Family Game Night on New Year’s Eve with Kids

Plan a family game night this New Year's Eve with board games, card games and printable games like Charades and pictionary.

Staying home with just your kiddos? This is a great night to start a new tradition of once-a-month family game nights for 2024.

Strengthen your family connection and enjoy quality time together when the upcoming year gets busy and chaotic by enjoying fun family game night ideas

Don’t have time to plan a monthly game night? It’s easier than you think with our pre-planned Family Game Night Printable. It has 12 Months’ worth of completely pre-planned game ideas, food ideas, tips for hosting, and prize ideas.

Family Game Night Planner a 30 Pages Printable. Everything you need to plan a family game night every month for a year. 12 cool game nights kids and parents will love. Print it out and have the best family night at home.

Fun Board Game ideas to play on New Year’s Eve:

Festive Christmas Board Game Ideas for Familes – Holiday-Themed board games & card games

Best Cooperative Games for Familes – No more fighting you win as a family!

Thrilling Escape Room Games for Kids – Exciting printable escape room games for home.

43 Board Games for Teens & Tweens They’ll Be Excited to Play – Get your older kids enjoying a game night too!

8. Have a Dance Party

Crank up the music and have a dance party in your living room. You can even get live music by watching the New Years Eve countdown on TV with live bands in Times Square. Make sure to make a space for a dance floor.

A great idea for a New year's eve party is a Dance Party indoors. Add to the fun by making it a glow in the dark dance party with glow sticks and bracelets.

It would be a lot of fun to host a glow-in-the-dark dance party too. Just dim the lights and give kids of all ages glow sticks and glow bracelets to dance with. You can even add LED lights around the room that change colors with your phone.

9. Balloon Party Games

Balloon Stomp Game for your Kids to play at your New Year's Eve party.

Break out more balloons for some fun and cheap New Year’s Eve activities. Keep the kids busy and have fun playing balloon games with each other and staying off electronics.

The best part is it will burn off all their loads of excitement about the night. Try a balloon race with a balloon between your knees, balloon tennis, balloon stomp, balloon pop, and more.

Get tons of ideas in our Balloon Party Games and 30 Birthday Party Games that are super fun for any type of kid’s party, not just birthdays.

10. New Year’s Eve Desserts

A must-have for any New Year’s Eve with kids is desserts. Kids and adults will love eating some sweets while hanging out together.

No Bake Oreo Balls

Easy New Year's Eve Dessert No-Bake Oreo Balls.

A super easy dessert to make for New Year’s is Oreo Balls. These are the hit of every party I take them to and no one realizes how easy they are to make.

All you need is Oreos, cream cheese, and candy coating to make this no-bake dessert. Once you learn how to make them you can decorate them for every holiday

No-Bake Oreo Ball Recipe

Cupcake Countdown

Yummy Cupcakes for Dessert with New Years eve toppers. A fun way to ring 2022.

Another easy dessert is cupcakes which you can buy or make and then add on 2024 Cupcake toppers.

Countdown Clock Cupcakes. A fun New Year's Eve party dessert.

Another fun idea is to create a ring of cupcakes on a platter like a countdown clock. Add numbers to the tops of the cupcakes for the numbers on the clock. It’s super easy and cute!

11. Get Dressed Up

Make the party feel really special by getting dressed up to ring in the New Year. Throw on some party clothes even if you’re just home with the kids to make it feel more festive.

If you don’t want to dress up you could also throw on some New Year’s party hats or Crowns to get the party vibe going.

If you’re okay with a little noise add in some New Year’s noisemakers or grab it all in a bundle.

Tip: Get hats without the year on them and you can use the hats again next year.

12. Decorate the House

Create a festive atmosphere for New Year's Eve with fun holiday decorations.

Don’t forget to decorate your house to help with the festive mood. We’ve found tons of great cheap decorations at Dollar Tree.

You could also get a bundle package with New Year themed items if you don’t have time to shop.

Tip: Pick out New Year’s decorations without the year on them so you can use them again next year.

If you plan to Zoom with family decorate the wall behind you for a festive holiday camera view.

13. Champagne Toast & Sparkling Apple Cider

Making a Champagne or Sparkling Apple Cider Toast is a New Years Eve tradition that can't be missed.

Don’t forget to have a New Year’s Eve Champagne toast together. Last year I used some fun plastic New Year champagne flutes so the kids could participate and not break a glass.

Offer the adults champagne and the kids Sparkling Apple Cider or grape juice and have a toast at Midnight.

14. Time Capsule

Remember the previous year by creating a time capsule with your family members. Have everyone find 3 things that they want to remember from the past year. Then put them all in a box marked 2023. Put the box away and wait 10 years or more to open it again.

15. Count Down Bags

You’ll get the kids really excited for a New Year’s countdown if there is a goody bag each hour before Midnight.

Do this without spending a ton of money by heading to Dollar Tree. Grab small brown paper bags that you can write a time on the outside so you know when to open.

Then fill the bags with party favors and small activites for the kids to do every hour. This is sure to keep them busy all night.

Here are some ideas:

  • Crayons & coloring book
  • Playdough
  • Small figures to play with
  • Travel games (yes they work at home too)
  • Puzzles
  • Beads and String to make a necklace

Search around there are usually a few seasonal art projects to do too.

16. Family-Friendly Celebration In Your Area

If you don’t want to throw your own New Year’s Eve celebration head out to one of the many family-friendly celebrations in your area. Look for New Year’s Eve special events at a local children’s museum, Zoo, ice skating rinks, or park district New Year’s Eve parties for families.

You could also see if any restaurants are having a New Year’s celebration with a dinner buffet or family-style dinners.

Make it a group outing and head to the family-friendly events with your best friends and their families.

17. New Year’s Resolutions

A new family tradition can be writing down everyone’s New Year’s resolutions for the beginning of a new year. What do they hope to change or do better in the New Year? 

Writing it down on a piece of paper will make the whole family feel more committed to their new year’s goals.

Hostess Gifts

Dollar Tree Gift Basket Idea for Hostess gifts at White Elephant parties. An easy way to say thank you with DIY gift baskets.

If you’re not hosting the New Year’s party this year bring a fun hostess gift to your friend’s house. It’s an easy way to say thank you that they’ll really appreciate.

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on the gift it’s the thought that counts.

Find tons of Cute & Cheap DIY Gift Basket Ideas with Dollar Tree & save money on your gift.

Grab these super fun Christmas Activities for Families to do at home this year too. Plus hilarious Free Printable Would You Rather Christmas Questions.

Funny Would You Rather Christmas Questions for your next holiday party or classroom party. A fun party game the whole family will enjoy playing together this Christmas.

Are you ready now for an awesome New Year’s Eve with kids? I hope you enjoy these fun things to do on New Year’s and enjoy celebrating as a family this year.

Pick a few of these New Year’s activities and start some new family traditions this year.

Consider adding a White Elephant Gift Exchange to your party too. It’s always a huge hit and your guest will love having a gift to take home at the end of the night. Find out how to plan a gift exchange and the Best White Elephant Gift Ideas for kids & adults under $20.

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