Read Aloud Books and 20 Family Fun Ideas for New Year's Eve

If you have kids in the mix, you know that New Year’s Eve can be tricky. Do you let the kids stay up until midnight? Do you take them out to a party or will that be too much? And what can you do as a family- or with friends- to have some New Year’s Eve fun with varying ages?

In this post I’m sharing some great New Year’s Eve read alouds- because reading is always an awesome choice!- and some fun family activities that you can do whether the kids stay up until midnight or can’t make it quite that long.

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New Year’s Eve Read Alouds

The Night Before New Years by Natasha Wing– Another title in Natasha Wing’s bestselling Night Before series! It’s the night before New Year’s, and the whole family is determined to stay up until midnight! Everyone?s stocked up on sparkly streamers and festive party hats, but after a night filled with card games and too many cupcakes, the little ones are getting sleepy. . . Can they make it until the clock strikes twelve?

Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution by Pat Miller– Squirrel knows that New Year’s Day is a great day for making resolutions! But what does it mean to make a resolution, anyway? As she makes visits around the forest she learns about New Year’s resoltions and helps her friends get started on theirs. If only she can think of a resolution of her very own…

Happy New Year, Spot! by Eric Hill– Spot isn’t old enough to stay up until midnight, but he finds a way to celebrate the New Year early with his family. Bring your party hats and noisemakers as you join Spot in celebrating the new year!

Shante Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport– Shanté Keys loves New Year’s Day! But while Grandma fixed chitlins, baked ham, greens, and cornbread, she forgot the black-eyed peas! Oh no–it’ll be bad luck without them! So Shanté sets out to borrow some from the neighbors.
New Year’s Day by Kathryn Imler- A basic introduction to how and why New Year’s Day is celebrated as a holiday. Contents include: Beginnings and Endings; The Roman Calendar; How January Got Its Name; Lots of Calendars; Back To January; The Colonies Catch Up; A Noisy Night; Out With The Old; In With The New; Some Traditions.

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Family New Year’s Eve Activities

Talk about the past year and help kids create a memory book with this free New Years booklet printable from Royal Baloo.

And Today’s Mama has a great printable that you can use to ask the kids questions to keep as a time capsule for each year.

Spend time during the day on New Year’s Eve making these fun fireworks cookies with the kids.

Younger kids might have a difficult time staying up late without falling apart as the night wears on. Keep them focused and have some fun with a countdown chain like the one here at The OT Toolbox.

These countdown bags are another great option for creating some countdown fun and building anticipation. The bags hold small goodies, and kids open them one at a time throughout the night.

Fireworks may be too intensive for kids- or not allowed where you live. These confetti party poppers from Little Bins for Little Hands are a fun craft as well as fun for “popping” when midnight comes.

Here’s another fun firework craft that is an alternative to real fireworks.

You can also create “fireworks” with this fun science activity from Science Sparks.

If you’ve got some older kids around, party games can be fun- and fun for the adults too! Kid Friendly Things to Do has some fun kid-friendly Minute to Win It game ideas for your party.

Kill some time waiting for the ball to drop by playing this unwrapping game. It’s also a great way to recycle used Christmas wrap (so make sure you save some!).

123Homeschool4Me has some cute New Year’s Eve party hats for kids to color and wear. 

I’m not a huge slime fan…but the kids are. This party slime is perfect for New Year’s Eve.

If you’d rather have playdough than slime, you can try this Celebration Playdough recipe.

Make a fun countdown clock with this idea from Buggy and Buddy. Kids can move the hand each hour. (As a bonus, you could keep this and practice telling time later.)

And Playdough to Plato has another fun countdown idea with a free printable coloring sheet.

Get out the fabric paint and some decorations and let kids make a t-shirt to celebrate the new year with this idea from In the Playroom.

Kids can make fun New Year’s Glasses with this activity from Artsy Mama.

Let kids make their own New Year’s Eve balls with this fun activity from Mom Unleashed.

Yes, kids don’t usually need something that is going to make more noise, but this cute noisemaker craft will be fun, and kids can use their noisemakers to celebrate when midnight comes.

I love this scavenger hunt from No Time for Flashcards! It’s a great way to remember the year as well as a fun game kids can play while they’re waiting for midnight.

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