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
Note: this section is for local readers. If you don’t live in our area, please see our other five suggestions found below.
Celebrating New Year’s Eve with Kids on the Northshore:
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:
Altitude Trampoline Park. Details TBA.
Children’s Museum of St. Tammany. Balloon drop at noon. Brunch, face painting, and more. Tickets are $25/person and available here.
Children’s Discovery Center. Countdown with confetti and bubble wrap stomp. Special arts and crafts activity. Regular admission and hours.
Mandeville Library. 11AM-Noon. For children ages 0-5 and their families, join us outside the Mandeville Branch, join us for a story time, crafts, and a countdown to noon.
Celebrating New Year’s Eve with Kids in New Orleans:
The Louisiana Children’s Museum. 9:30AM-2PM. Join our famous countdown to NOON on Friday, December 31st that culminates in an explosion of colorful confetti and bubbles. Guests can get into the holiday spirit by making their own noisemakers and designing a festive New Year’s hat. There will be live music from the To Be Continued Brass Band, dancing, and fun for children and adults of all ages!
Celebrating New Year’s Eve with Kids in Mississippi:
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.
~ a New Year’s craft
~ Falling confetti
~ a ball drop at noon!
Members – Free
0 to 12 months – Free
Children & Adults – $10
Military & Seniors 65+ – $8
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.
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.