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? Never fear! 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:
Culinary Kids. 11AM-12:30PM. Cooking, time capsules, a grape juice toast and a ball drop. $40/1st child, $30/2nd child, $20/each additional child. Accompanying adult is free. Call (985) 727-5553 to reserve your spot.
Children’s Discovery Center. 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. The Center will close at 3:30PM.
Across the lake. . .
The Louisiana Children’s Museum. 9:30AM-2:30PM. Make a festive paper bag party hat and noisemaker! Enjoy the Blu Krewe Brass Band. At NOON, count down to 2017 with a colorful confetti toss and balloon launch! Special event admission: LCM Members $5/person; Non-Members $10/person. The museum will close at 3PM.
In Missipissippi. . .
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. Countdown to Noon. 10AM-Noon. Music, snacks, a ball drop, and a New Year’s craft. Included in regular 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.
You might also be interested in checking out Disney’s fireworks show which they will be live-broadcasting.
When you’re finished you can run a three-minute video from Netflix to close things out.
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!
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
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.