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Family Fun: New Year’s Eve Countdown Activities

by Rebecca Eanes



  1. Watch a movie. Here are some great kids’ movies to choose from. (As this will likely last longer than the hour, strategically make the next hour’s activity something you can do while watching the movie, like baking!
  2. Bake cookies or cupcakes. These midnight clock printables make cute toppers.
  3. Play a board game.
  4. Play a card game.
  5. Have a dance party.
  6. Create a time capsule. Here’s how.
  7. Open a New Year’s Eve gift. Ideas include pajamas, a movie, a board game, a small toy or stuffed animal, craft or art supplies.
  8. Do a craft like this paper cup party popper by Red Ted Art.
  9. Make this glittery New Year’s ball playdough by Homegrown Friends.
  10. Create these New Year’s Eve party masks by Green Owl Art.
  11. Dress up in costumes and take photos, or have a fashion show.
  12. Make pizza or this skillet pizza dip countdown clock.
  13. Play this New Year’s Eve bingo game by Playdough to Plato.
  14. Write your goals and resolutions for the new year on paper!
  15. Try this New Year’s Eve scavenger hunt by Buggy and Buddy.

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At midnight, grab your confetti poppers and watch the ball drop…if the kids are still awake! Happy New Year!!

Rebecca Eanes is the bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 


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