New Years Eve has always been a special holiday to me; especially since it’s my birthday. I enjoy celebrating the past and ringing in the new year with family and friends. Celebrating looks a little different this year; usually we are looking into events or planning parties to attend. However, ringing in the new year is more than likely to take place at home for a lot of us. Here are a few ideas that I hope spark inspiration and help your family have a memorable New Year celebration.


PARTY PLANNING


MOVE UP THE CLOCK- One of my favorite suggestions is to move up the clock so to speak! It may come as a surprise that celebrating without breaking the bed time routine is an option. If you are a parent with small children staying up until midnight is less than desirable! Usually our family counts down to a Noon Years Eve. We do all the same exciting things, just to 12 noon instead of midnight. Some families have recommended celebrating at 9PM as an alternative.

BALLOON DROP- We usually attend the My Gym Noon Years Eve party and our kids go wild over the balloon drop. This is pretty easy to create at home. You can use a plastic disposable table cloth as a tarp to hold balloons in. Here is a tutorial by Miss Mae’s Day

CONFETTI CRACKERS- Check out these awesome balloon confetti poppers by Little Bins for Little Hands that are a great STEM activity as well as a fun party favor!

COUNT DOWN BALLOON- Each hour leading up to the big moment, pop a balloon to reveal a fun activity. The excitement will build up as you near closer and closer to the big moment! The balloons double as decoration for an added bonus. Check out this tutorial by Twinkle Twinkle Little Party.

PARTY POPPERS- These DIY goodie containers are simple to make and are a perfect way to pass the time and build up to the anticipated New Year. Fill them with candy or with fun things to ring in the new year with such as bubbles or glow sticks. See Smashed Peas and Carrots party poppers article for instructions.

CREATE A CRAFT- Kids will have lots of fun designing their star wands and noisemakers to ring in the New Year. Visit Projects with Kids for free printable wand patterns.

PASS THE DICE GAME- Free printable and instructions on how to play this game can be found at Play Party Plan.


LOCAL & VIRTUAL EVENTS


The following events have been compiled to help  plan the best way to celebration the New Year while still getting the kids in bed by bedtime! Most have been moved to virtual this year to COVID-19.

NEW YEARS EVE PARTY– December 31, 2020 from 9:30 AM-10:30 AM & 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM at My Gym Waldorf. Ticket Link

NEW YEARS EVE PARTY– December 31, 2020 from 9:30 AM-10:30 AM & 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM at My Gym Waldorf. Ticket Link

NOON YEARS EVE– December 31, 2020 from 11:45 PM – 1:45 PM & 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Imaginarium Play Space in Solomon’s, Maryland. Ticket Link

MIDNIGHT NOON ONLINE- December 31, 2020 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Sponsored by the Maryland science Center. Event Link

NOON TIME NEW YEAR- December 31, 2020 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Sponsored by Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Event Link