20 Must-Try New Year’s Eve Activities for Kids

It’s pretty safe to say that New Year’s Eve is traditionally more of a grown up holiday – party goers have to stay up until MIDNIGHT, after all.

But this roundup of our favorite New Year’s Eve activities for kids are guaranteed fun for even the youngest children in the bunch.  And speaking of the youngest children in the bunch, hop over and grab our best-selling Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack in our shop where your little one can have endless learning!

First up, have kids color a firework on this New Year’s Eve coloring sheet every hour ’til midnight (or earlier if their eyes start to droop).

Write your favorite ways to spend time together on an easy to make activity chain. // Sugar Aunts


Write down some highs and lows of 2017 (plus some goals for the year ahead) on a keepsake year in review.

Celebrate with some easy homemade pop rockets.

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Pop a balloon and do the activity hiding inside. Bake cupcakes, have a snowball fight – the options are truly endless! // How Does She?

Grab some glow sticks at the dollar store and play a round of ring toss. Count how many land on the target. // Momma Did It

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Whip up some fireworks in a jar. // I Can Teach My Child

Fireworks-in-a-Jar (1)Feeling crafty?! Decorate some crazy glasses! // Picklebums

glasses-titleMake some mini-marshmallow or pom pom poppers. AWE-some!! // Red Ted Art

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Play a round of New Year’s Eve Bingo.

Make some glow in the dark slime or playdough.

Super awesome glow in the dark slime. {Playdough to Plato}

Head to the kitchen to bake some easy 2017 or 2018 themed appetizers. // Pillsbury

198abbb4-5adb-4257-905f-a8d7140e7c5bMix up a batch of celebration playdough. // Buggy and Buddy


Turn ordinary cardboard tubes into fancy confetti poppers you can pop at midnight. // Smashed Peas and Carrots


Print some DIY New Year’s Eve hats and crowns. // Snap Creativity


Set up a mini photo booth and take some selfies. // Snap Creativity


Take a trip back in time with a DIY time machine. // Katherine Marie


Go on a year in review photo scavenger hunt. // No Time for Flashcards

year-in-review-photo-scavenger-hunt-for-kids-Pull out some leftover Christmas package bubble wrap and start jumping. // Martha Stewart


Turn off the lights and eat in the dark. // B Lovely Events

Glow-In-the-Dark-Guest-TablesThat’s 20 must-try New Year’s Eve activities for kids in all!!

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  1. Jenae

    Thanks so much for featuring our Fireworks in a Jar activity, Malia! 🙂



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