We don't usually do much on New Year's Eve, especially now that we have kids. But that doesn't make it any less special to us, or fun, or memorable. Why? Because we honestly just enjoy being together with whatever friends and family are nearby, having some good food and a delicious desert, putting on some good music and enjoying the moment.
Some fun things we do with kids now that we are parents, which I also grew up doing, are sort of timeless, silly fun that anyone can take part in and enjoy, at any age, any place. We have a potluck or share a fun, communal meal like a fondue. We play card games, some simple like Uno or Go Fish, some more complicated like Hearts or Poker if the kids are in bed. We play board games sometimes, like Pictionary or Shoots and Ladders or Bingo! But my favorite New Year's Eve activity by far is playing family games like charades, where people are all involved, actively. My kid is only five and this holiday season we have been playing a lot of charades with her, where she just acts like some sort of animal and we have to guess which one. (No sounds allowed though!) The person who guesses right goes next. It only takes a few minutes each turn, but it can be hysterically funny, simple and really engaging. We have done the same where we are acting like people we know, and that's really funny too. Another childhood favorite of mine was having a piñata or those table crackers that you pull open and are filled with little surprises to play with.
It's also fun to take a late night stroll as a family, with sparklers, on New Year's Eve. You can teach your little ones to write out their names or a special wish with the sparklers in the sky. You can find a fountain and throw in a penny for the New Year. Whether you are walking through the woods, a field, or through a town or large city, taking a walk together to end the year, and talk about things you are looking forward to in the New Year, is a really nice way to say goodbye to the old and welcome the new adventures that lie ahead for you and your whole family.
How do you most enjoy celebrating New Year's Eve with kids?