Six Fun Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Kids

New Year’s Eve Changes dramatically when you have children. For many of us it means we’re staying home rather than going out on the town. So what are you supposed to do now? We have some great ideas for celebrating this event with little people in tow.

Noon Year’s Eve

Noon Year’s Eve. This way you can celebrate the holiday and still get your little ones tucked in on time. And then you can spend the rest of the night praying fireworks don’t wake them up. There are two Noon Year’s Eve Celebrations happening at local businesses:

Children’s Museum of St. Tammany. There will be a DJ, science-themed activities, and a balloon drop at noon. Tickets available on Eventbrite. $14/person.

Children’s Discovery Center. Every year they host a Noon Year’s Eve, but this year they are hosting on the 30th because the museum is closed on Mondays. They are actually celebrating every hour that they’re open from 10AM-5PM. They’ll be doing games and activities from other cultures, and at every “midnight” they’ll do a bubble stomp.

Across the lake. . .

The Louisiana Children’s Museum. 9:30AM-2:30PM. Ring in the New Year at the most family-friendly party in town!  Enjoy live music with Free Agents Brass Band and help us look forward to 2019 in style!  LCM’s countdown to NOON culminates with a colorful confetti toss and a balloon release.

In Missipissippi. . .

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. Countdown to New Year’s. 10AM-Noon. We will have lots going – DJ & music, snacks, a New Year’s craft, falling confetti, and a ball drop at noon. Included with museum admission.

Host a Movie Marathon

You could watch the three Star Wars or a couple Harry Potter or even just a few unrelated titles. Snuggle up with your favorite little people and pop some popcorn. Here’s a list of titles that can be fun to watch with kids on NYE.

When you’re finished you can run a three-minute video from Netflix to close things out.

Dance Party

A little music is really all you need to have a good time with the kids. Put on some of your favorite tunes and dance the night away! If you’d like something a little more challenging, do a Youtube search for “Just Dance Kids.” There you’ll find tons of fun dance tutorials to try out!

Balloon Challenges

Fill balloons with activities and then inflate them. Write a time on the outside. When the time arrives, pop the balloon and do the activity! This can be done dozens of different ways–check our pin board below for a few ideas.

Play Some Games

You could play UNO or anything else you already have a home or you could do some New Year’s inspired activities: Pin the hand on the clock, New Year’s Bingo, or a Scavenger Hunt are all fun ideas that don’t take very long to put together.

Reflect on the Last Year

You can create a collage, do a memory scavenger hunt, or do one of these fun inventory sheets with your kids. Either way, you’ll enjoy spending some quality time with your kids.

I’ve pinned a bunch of great ideas on our Pinterest Board, so if nothing here strikes your fancy, go ahead and check it out.

Follow Northshore Parent’s board New Year’s Eve with Kids on Pinterest.

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Hi, I'm Katy. Mom to four sweet boys ages 10, 6, 6, and 5. It's a loud, messy, chaotic life. I love connecting with other parents and am so glad you stopped by today!

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Hi, I'm Katy. Mom to four sweet boys ages 10, 6, 6, and 5. It's a loud, messy, chaotic life. I love connecting with other parents and am so glad you stopped by today!

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