• Kelly

New Year’s Eve ideas when you have kids.

Updated: Dec 21, 2020




Gone are the days of partying until the early hours, when you have kids it’s not something you do often if at all. When I had my first child I sure did discover who my real friends were. I no longer felt the urge to go out and drink myself into oblivion any more, instead I just wanted to be with my own little family.

New Year’s Eve when you have kids can be limiting for those who have previously enjoyed clubbing, but you don’t need to party and drink to have fun. I’m not a big alcohol person, In fact over the last few years I have drank 0 Alcohol. I like to be in full control of myself and I don’t like the effect alcohol has on my body, plus I would rather put the cash into our holiday fund.


Here is a few ideas of what we have enjoyed over the years.

Treat it as any other day. Previous years our boys have gone to bed at their usual time and Craig and I have stayed up to watch the fireworks on tv with a good old cup of of tea. We would then get up on January 1st and go for a nice walk around the park and do nice family things together to welcome in the new year. We like to have a cooked breakfast, walk around our local park and chat whilst the boys run wild and then go for something nice to eat.

Have a games night – Set up loads of family favourite board games and spend the evening competing against each other. You could start early and do some outdoor games first. Mocktails in full swing for all to enjoy.

Follow around the world celebrations, watch the fireworks on tv or online and compare. I really like doing this one. You can find the full list HERE what countries celebrate and when.

Host your own party, let the kids choose the theme and ring in the new year.

Celebrate Noon year instead. Perfect if you have really young kids that would be flat out asleep come 8pm. Why not celebrate at lunch time with kids instead. Have a special lunch and you could even watch fireworks from previous years or watch them in Sydney!

Do hourly family goodie bags, fill them with different crafts, treats etc

Have a movie marathon, special treats just for new year and have a lot of mocktails to drink your way through.


Other years we would visit local events or even host one ourselves but obviously not happening this year and instead I think we will just relax and watch the fireworks.


I am not even making resolutions this year because no one knows what 2021 has in store for us.


Have a lovely New Years eve and I wish you all the very best for 2021

Kelly North East Family Adventures


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