It’s almost time to welcome 2022! If you have little kids, you’re likely looking for fun at-home New Year’s activities. That’s because the holiday isn’t a stay-up-late, open-bar kind of night for families, and being home is usually way easier, even in a non-pandemic year.
Thankfully, celebrating from your couch doesn’t mean you have to give up on making it a special night. First things first, have everyone dress up, or lean-into a full pajama party scene. Next, bling out. You can buy hats, streamers, and noisemakers, or you can craft your own. JOANN Stores experts have several online free tutorials to make everything from festive New Year’s headbands to wands, crowns, and glasses.
Next, decorate your space with streamers and lights, or add picturesque backdrops. Then take some silly selfies to post on social media; you can even add photo booth props for the whole family.
Once you and your space are decked out, complete some of these fun New Year’s activities for kids. You’ll definitely have a celebration to remember!
Cook Dinner Alongside an Expert
If you’re anything like us, you’ve now planned (and cleaned up) enough meals at home to qualify as a Top Chef contestant. Make this feel like a real holiday treat by bringing in an expert, virtually, to guide you through a special dinner experience. You can find plenty of virtual cooking classes online. For example, Truffle Shuffle offers a video class, plus all the ingredients shipped to your door, to make a decadent truffle-topped mac and cheese. (You can make some without truffles for the kids.)
Party Around the World, Starting in Times Square
Thanks to modern technology, it’s easy to dial into celebrations around the world. Tune into the world-famous party in Times Square, for example, and stream celebrations from other time zones on the internet. Be prepared to say “Happy New Year!” every hour until your kids pass out.
Plan Noon Year’s Eve Party
Who says you have to ring in the new year at 12 a.m.? Why not try 12 p.m.? Picking lunchtime for your celebration is a great way to let little kids in on the countdown fun before nap time. Check out this article to learn more about this New Year’s activity for kids.
Play Party Games with Friends
For an at-home New Year’s Eve party, we’re big fans of the interactive, social-distanced party games that you control with your phone on Jackbox. It offers plenty of trivia-style, fill-in-the-blank options, including a few updates for the holidays.
Host a Movie Night
Create a movie night with friends in other houses using the GroupWatch feature on Disney Plus for kids of any age. A few to consider: High School Musical (includes a New Year’s Eve party), Cinderella (getting ready for the “ball”), and Ratatouille (food and celebrations in the City of Light). Give the movies a festive feel with hot cocoa kits for everyone, advises entertaining expert Paul Zahn. Create baggies with items like marshmallows, hot cocoa mix, and mini candy canes, and place them in a Mason jar, then add a label and a bag of microwave popcorn. You can all sip your cocoa straight from the jar while you watch the movie together!
Create a Digital Time Capsule
Help your kids cap off the year by making a time capsule, says Michelle Stansbury, Zulily lifestyle expert. You can always do it the old-fashioned way: grab a Mason jar and have kids fill it with keepsakes from the previous year, including a family photo, then seal it up not to be opened for a decade or two. But this year, consider a virtual version, like Memories. The site lets you send messages to a loved one anywhere in the world via email or text message, or even to yourself, to be delivered in the future as a reminder of this moment in time.
Sing Together in a Virtual Karaoke Session
What kid doesn’t want to let loose and have some noisy fun? Book a virtual karaoke room and invite friends and family to join for an epic jam session or raucous dance party. Let kids turn up the volume as you count down the end of 2021 at whatever time you choose.