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17 Awesome Ways to Ring in the New Year with Kids

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A kid-friendly New Year’s Eve themed party is a super way to close out the holiday season. Whether you opt to add a little glam to the event or decide jammies are as formal as you want to go, you’ll find terrific ideas that will help you create an awesome party while you make fun memories. There are suggestions for planning the party, a party kit, surprise activity ideas, goodie bags, countdown banner, DIY hats, favors, poppers, noisemakers, wishing wands, “fireworks” for the fingers and in jars, plus balloon countdown activities. There are special treats too, including 10 kid-friendly party drink ideas, edible horns, sparkling push-up-pops, ball drop cupcakes and midnight kisses. Hey, —it sounds like a party— Happy New Year!

Ways to celebrate the new year with kids

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New Years Eve Party Printable Kids Party Craft Idea

1. Midnight Kisses :: Create.Craft.Love.
Add a free printable “midnight kisses” tag to a baggie of Hershey Kisses to make sure everyone gets kissed at midnight this year!

Surprise Games Idea for Kids Party Game and Craft Ideas

2. Games and Surprise Activity Ideas :: Craftibilities
Your kids will wish it was New Year’s Eve every night with all of these great activity ideas that help them countdown to midnight!
New Years Countdown Goodie Bags Kids Party Craft Favor Ideas
3. Countdown Goodie Bags :: Hoosier Homemade 
Keeping kids entertained on New Year’s Eve will be easier with these fun bags filled with activities to do at the stroke of each hour. The clocks on the front convey the time that each bag should be opened!
Kids Party Craft Count Down Banner Idea
4. Countdown Banner :: The Crafting Chicks
Download this free hourly countdown to the New Year banner and incorporate hourly activities to help keep the kids engaged while the clock ticks down to midnight!
5. Easy DIY Party Poppers for Kids :: From Project: Party Perfect, via Spaceships and Laser Beams
Made from recycled toilet paper rolls, these easy DIY party poppers are perfect for toddlers on up!
New Years Party Craft Shakers for Kids Ideas
6. Paper Plate Shakers :: The Centsible Life 
Use up those leftover holiday paper plates to create this fun New Year’s Eve paper plate shaker! A little paint and glitter plus chipboard numbers are a great plate makeover.  Add some rice and you’ve got yourself a fun noisemaker for ringing in the new year.
Kids New Years Party Balloon Countdown Game
7. New Year’s Eve Balloon Countdown Activities :: Inspired by Family Magazine
This balloon countdown activity is perfect for New Year’s Eve. Add activity ideas on slips of paper to helium balloons and pop according to the time on the clock printable (free download)! Kids will look forward to popping each balloon to reveal the next countdown activity!

8. New Year’s Wishing Wand :: Baby Centre
Craft up some excitement for the New Year with this art activity that will have your kids dreaming about their future! These New Year wishing wands require cardstock, scissors, pretty embellishments like glitter, sequins, ribbon, wrapping or tissue paper and contact paper.

Easy DIY FIrework Ring Craft for Kids Party Craft Idea
9. Easy Fireworks Ring :: Fantastic Fun and Learning
Craft up some sparkly holiday jewelry to celebrate the new year in style! Tinsel stems are easily turned into celebratory fireworks rings!
Kids Sparkling Jello Push Pops Kids Party Food Idea
10. Sparkling Jello Push-Up-Pops :: Modern Parents Messy Kids, Inspired by Perpetually Engaged 
Make a non-alcoholic kid-friendly Jell-O “shot” using sparkling fruit juice, Jell-O and edible garnishes all served up in a push-up-pop!
Kids Party Drink Ideas for New Years Eve
11. 10 Fun Children’s Party Drinks :: Spaceships and Laser Beams
Kids at your New Year’s Eve celebration will love having a non-alcoholic way to toast at midnight with these fun party drinks! From fun lemonades and punches to color-changing and glow-in-the dark drinks to frozen hot chocolate, there is a great variety of ideas!
Fun Fizz Countdown Idea for Kids Party Craft Game Ideas
12. Fun Fizz New Year’s Eve Countdown Activity :: Inspired by Family Magazine
A classic baking soda and vinegar science experiment gets a New Year’s Eve twist in this fun and fizzy countdown activity, perfect for kids of all ages!
Kids Ball Drop cupcakes Party Food Idea
13. New Year’s Eve Ball-drop Cupcakes :: Confessions of a Cook Book Queen
Silver gumballs & sprinkles, a donut hole, melting chocolate + a sucker stick combine to create magic in this NYE ball-drop cupcake tutorial! So simple, yet so awesome!
Edible New Years Eve Horns for Kids Party Food Idea
14. Edible Horns :: Hungry Happenings 
Bring out the kid in everyone by transforming store bought ice cream cones into brightly colored sugar cone party horns for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations! They look fun to make and eat!

15. Fireworks in a Jar :: I Can Teach My Child 
Kids will explode with excitement over this noise-free firework alternative that only requires a few simple supplies you most likely already have in your cupboard: oil, water, and food coloring!
Kids New Years Eve Party Kit Idea
16. New Year’s Eve Party Kit :: Inchmark
Give a gift that will last from one year to the next by assembling New Year’s Eve party kits for friends and neighbors. Find out how to put together these fun kits consisting of a bottle of Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider, party horns, noisemakers, balloons, poppers and confetti.


17. How-to-Plan a New Year’s Eve Party for Kids :: Spaceships and Laser Beams, via Kids Activities Blog 
Gear up for New Year’s Eve with kids by jotting down some of these fun activity ideas, including a piñata, midnight confetti filled balloon pop, games and more!

Ring in the new year with these great party sources gathered by the team at Spaceships and Laser Beams.

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.