Ring in the New Year with friends and family with these kids New Year’s Eve party ideas! Get games and activities for your New Year’s bash so adults and children can have a blast welcoming 2020!
Kid Friendly New Year’s Eve
There’s something so special about ringing in another New Year. I love reflecting on the past year while looking forward to the next. Reliving family memories while planning new ones is one of my favorite things about New Year’s.
And of course New Year’s Eve parties.
We love ringing in the New Year with a New Year’s party each year. Sometimes they are adult-only and sometimes kids and families come together. Even a kid-friendly party can be elegant with these black and white party ideas. Simple and sophisticated for any New Year party!
Whether you’re looking for some low-key family activities to do while you cuddle up on the couch, or are hosting a big bash for the neighborhood, here are tons of New Years Eve party ideas.
From food and games to crafts and activities for kids, here are things that are kid friendly so the adults have some time to celebrate as well.
Kids New Year’s Eve Party Themes
Let’s start it off right with some really fun kid-friendly New Year’s Eve party themes!
Turn your New Year party into a colorful confetti filled shindig with these pop the confetti party ideas. A few boxes of Fruity Pebbles plus some colorful decorations bring this party theme to life!
Serve all ring shaped things like donuts, cookies, ring pops, to ring your way into the next year! These ring in the new year party ideas are great for kids (or adults!)
Forget all the color and go black and white instead! Serve black and white foods (hello Oreos), play games with black and white dice, and setup a black and white photo booth! Get all the fun black and white New Year’s Eve party ideas here!
New Year’s Eve Games for Kids
These fun New Year’s Eve games for kids will help you make it to midnight without anyone complaining of boredom.
You can play several different New Year’s Eve minute to win it games throughout your party. These games are hilarious and really fun to do with a big group or small.
Or if you want something more generic, these other minute to win it games would be perfect too!
Drop Squad is simple enough for kids, but challenging for adults to play too! Incorporate this fun “ball dropping” board game into your New Year’s Eve for kids!
See which of two silly New Year’s Eve themed scenarios kids would rather do in this fun New Year’s Eve Would You Rather game.
Mix things up with this fun New Year’s Eve dice game that incorporates candy, dice, and sharing fun memories from the past year! The one (like this dice gift exchange) is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages!
Send kids running around the house trying to find their next clue (and a fun surprise at the end) with this New Year’s Eve scavenger hunt! Or try one of these other scavenger hunt ideas if you want something more generic.
See who can ring in first to name correct things that happened this past year in this fun ring in the new year game! This one is a little more challenging so recommended for older kids but still totally fun!
Kids love giggling from little jokes and then repeating them to their friends. Get them laughing all night with the free printable joke teller from Bren Did.
Print this free word search from Crayons and Cravings for kids and adults to play. Find 18 different New Year themed vocab words.
Still need more ideas? Here are even more New Year’s Eve games from charades to free printables!
New Year’s Activities for Kids
When you’re all out of games or want something a little more low key, pick out one of these New Year’s Eve activities!
Even more fun if you actually make New Year’s Eve countdown boxes like these and do one activity every hour!
Make a time capsule with items from the past year, goals, and more! Get the free printable and more time capsule ideas from Play Party Plan here.
Have a dance party with top music hits on this New Year’s Eve playlist. Includes favorites like Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran so you can dance into 2020.
Commemorate the year with a handprint memory craft. A fun little project and keepsake for your family.
Get a free printable from Thirty Handmade Days to make your year in review. Kids can jot down their favorite memories from the year and set resolutions and goals for the next.
Make fireworks in a jar with these instructions from Growing A Jeweled Rose. You can light up the room as you ring in the New Year.
No New Year party for kids is complete without making celebratory hats. Happiness is Homemade has free printable hats that kids can color and then wear for the rest of the party.
Get kids thinking about the future by having them create a vision board for next year. It’s never too early to set goals and work to achieve them!
Have kids make paper fortune cookies with personalized messages for one another. Such a clever and unique project by Crafts by Amanda.
New Year’s Eve Food for Kids
No one said you have to serve New Year’s Eve themed foods – so I recommend going with whatever will make the kids the happiest! These are just some of my personal favorite recipes that kids always love as well!
These rainbow donuts would work great for any sort of colorful New Year’s Eve party! And I mean who doesn’t love donuts? You could even use some of these other donut party ideas and make the entire night donut, aka ring, themed!
It’s New Year’s Eve so you have to serve some sort of fancy, kid-friendly drink! While you could make this easy Christmas punch, I always prefer a good mocktail. This strawberry citrus mocktail is a family favorite and always popular with the kids!
Depending on what time of day and how long you’re having your party, you’re likely going to want some heavy finger foods – finger meaning they’re small enough for little fingers to hold! Okay and they’re ones that you can pick up, no forks needed. These pulled pork sandwiches are SO easy to make and absolutely delicious. Kids will love the sweet pork combined with the soft rolls.
Dips are always a big hit too! Whether you serve buffalo chicken dip, spinach artichoke dip, or fruit dip – kids love dips! Even better if they’re baked into a fun crunchy finger food like these spinach artichoke cups!
If you want to serve lunch and let the kids get involved, these english muffin pizzas are both fun to make and fun to eat! Let kids customize their own and you could even cut out cheese in the shape of numbers to make them New Year’s Eve themed!
Taco time! With New Year’s Eve being on a Tuesday this year, you could totally do a Taco Tuesday themed New Year’s Eve buffet! Make this homemade taco meat (so much better than a packet) and serve it in these fun taco bites for one delicious fiesta!
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