I’ve collected 10 KID-FRIENDLY NYE PARTY IDEAS: countdowns, food, crafts, games, and more. If you’re looking for fun things to do with your family on New Year’s Eve, you’ve come to the right place. Cheers!
1. Count down the hours until midnight with balloons that get popped each hour. For extra fun, write the activity you’ll do that hour on a piece of paper and roll it up and tuck it in the balloon before filling.
2. Fill bags with treats or activity ideas and label them with the hours until midnight.
3. Make countdown clocks using paper plates.
4. Put together a year-in-review slideshow using favorite pictures from the year. Cuddle up in pajamas to watch it together.
5. Play New Year’s Eve bingo! Free printables from Capturing Joy.
6. Do a NYE photo booth. Target has a lot of NYE glasses, head bands and photo booth props you can be as silly as you like with.
7. Use pipe cleaners to write out the new year, then twist them onto headbands or cheap sunglasses with the lenses popped out (you can find both at the dollar store). Tip: twist two pipe cleaners together to make them sturdier before forming numbers.
8. Hold family story time. Have everyone bring their favorite book, then read them aloud together.
9. Do a balloon drop at midnight (or maybe earlier if you have younger ones).
10. Sip milk out of champagne flutes (get the cheap ones from the Dollar Store) and eat cookies.
Have fun planning a fantastic New Year’s Eve! Have any great ideas I missed? Leave them in the comments – thanks!
I can't remember exactly where I read about this gift giving rule for kids but it's pure holiday gold. Not only does it keep the cost of the holiday gifts down to a smaller budget but it prepares the kids to actually be able to enjoy the holiday and not focus on all the 'I wants" that usually come with it. So here are The Christmas Four:
Something they WANT!
I really like this one, because with three different sets of grandparents it's a whole lot easier to browse the aisles of Targets for toys this way. I tell the kids they each get to pick three toys they would want to Christmas, then I take a photo with my iPhone and we "text" them to Santa (aka the grandparents). This way Santa knows not only what toy the kids would enjoy but exactly how much it costs. This helps the grandparents get the kids something they WANT but keeps everyone's budget a lot easier by buying three toys (one per kid) vs multiple toys for all the kids. And once we go through all three sets of grandparents plus mom and dad, the kids have more than what they could ever WANT for the holidays.
Something they NEED
This works the exact same way as the WANT category. I usually have something I NEED for each kid every holiday season, whether that be a heavy coat, a family board game or anything that maybe they have a need for but it just makes sense for "Santa" to bring it. This is a great category that we've tossed annual passes to Kings Dominion or the Park Service so that we can go on as many trips as we'd like.
Something to WEAR
Pretty self evident, but grandparents love buying clothes and most of the time it sits in the back of the closet or I put it away for the appropriate season and it never gets used. This helps trim back how much clothing they are getting and they will actually get use out of it during the year!
Something to READ
You can do this electronically (Kindles) or actual hard books. Hannah loves to read so we got a ton of books at the thrift stores for her and I think it's going to make her blossoming mind so happy! This isn't just limited to books, it could be comics, educational work books, as long as it jogs the mind and keeps the educational engine running.
I really do love these "rules". It's helped us keep Christmas small and more about what it should be, time with family, togetherness, giving to others and the joy of the season. Do you have any gift giving rules for the holidays? I'd love to hear them in the comments!
Happy Holidays in Chattanooga and Surrounding Areas! The following are some holiday attractions happening in Chattanooga for the 2017 holiday season!
Chattanooga’s New Holiday Trail of Lights
Dates: Begins November 17
Time: Various times at the different locations Have you heard the news? Something new is coming to Chattanooga this holiday season. Chattanooga’s Holiday Trail of Lights will ensure families are able to capture the holiday spirit of our area. View the site for the “official” Holiday Trail of Lights Guide, which you will be able view and print online.
Chattanooga Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
Dates: December 9 and 10
Time: December 9 has two showings: 2pm and 7:30pm; December 10 showing is at 2pm.This classic holiday ballet is one you won’t want to miss, and the show can make for a wonderful date night or even an evening with family.
Chattanooga Zoo’s Holiday Lights
Dates: December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17
Time: 5:30-8pmThis celebration is for the ultimate animal lover, because what could be better than a combination of holiday lights and zoo animals? Pro Tip: if you have a library pass, most give you a free pass ( usually 2 adults and 2 kids) good for 7 days, so just make sure you stop by your local library before heading to the zoo!
Ice on the Landing
Dates: November 17-December 19 and January 8-21
Time: Monday-Wednesday (2-9pm); Thursday-Friday (2-11pm); Saturday (10am-11pm); Sunday (noon-9pm)Located in the historic Glenn Miller Outdoor Gardens at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, Ice on the Landing allows family and friends to get together and ice skate as through you were in our very own Central Park! Be sure to check out the website for any special “theme” nights, as well as possible Santa sightings.
MainStreet Cleveland’s Annual Christmas Parade
Dates: December 2
Time: 6pmFrom businesses to local schools, there is sure to be someone you know in Cleveland’s Christmas Parade this year! Be sure to grab a seat early, and bring a bag with you, as you just might catch some holiday candy during the parade.
PJs and Polar Express
Dates: December 16 and 17
Time: 9:30-11:45amWho is ready to hop aboard the Polar Express? And best part, you can come in your pjs! In fact, it is highly recommended that you dress leisurely to enjoy a 3D showing of the “Polar Express” at the IMAX. However, the showing isn’t the only fun part. Come early and you can meet the Conductor while enjoying hot cocoa and fresh pastries!
Rock City Gardens’ Enchanted Garden of Lights
Dates: November 17-January 6th
Time: Nightly from 6-9pmIf lights are what you are looking for, the lights are what you are going to get! The 23rd annual light extravaganza at Rocky City will not disappoint, as not only can your family partake in the hundreds of thousands of holiday lights, but pictures with Santa and decorating gingerbread cookies while sipping hot cocoa are also available at this event, which is sure to make it a magical night for all!
Ruby Falls’ Christmas Underground
Dates: December 1-23 (days vary)
Time: noon-8pmExplore a different side of Christmas by taking a tour of a secret, underground ice cave that could lead directly to Santa’s home at the North Pole! Sometimes a little mystery and fun around finding Santa can bring the entire family together and make for some great memories.
With all the local holiday events going on this year in our wonderful community, it is going to be hard to be a “Scrooge” this Christmas — there surely seems to be something for everyone! What are you looking forward to participating in most this holiday season?
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