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Having trouble finding ways to make your New Year’s Eve party kid-friendly? Look no further! The Balancing Act has a great list of activities and fun decorations that will make celebrating New Year’s Eve with kids exciting and fun for the whole family.

Bingo Party 

Everybody loves bingo! Make a few bingo sheets and play the game as the night rolls on. Snacks or party noisemakers make the perfect prizes. Anything that will make the clock striking midnight more fun! 

Ice Cream Bar 

In addition to featuring an adult beverage bar, make the kids feel like they’re in on the fun by setting up an ice cream bar. Include sprinkles, fruits and maybe even a chocolate fountain.  


Another way to make the kids feel like grown-ups is by creating a Merry Mocktail. Here’s a recipe for some kid-friendly bubbly. 


  • 1 ½ cups apple juice (chilled) 
  • ¼ cup frozen white grape juice concentrate 
  • 2 ¼ cups club soda (chilled) 
  • 2 mint sprigs (optional) 


  1. Stir in apple juice with grape concentrate in a pitcher until dissolved 
  2. Pour in club soda 
  3. Stir in mint (optional) 
  4. Pour into plastic champagne flutes 


In many neighborhoods, residents set off elaborate fireworks displays that rival professional displays. You can sit back and enjoy watching or create your own display in your driveway or backyard. Remember: Always make safety the number one goal.  


Set up a photobooth at your party to create some goofy memories. Include time-honored props like hats, boas, masks and signs so you can look back and have some laughs in a few years. 


Share your New Year’s resolutions with the family. You can play a game like two truths and a lie. Share three resolutions. Two will be lies, and one will be your real resolution. Make everyone guess which one is the truth. 

Watch the Ball Drop 

No New Year’s Eve is complete without the famous Times Square’s Ball Drop. Watch the event on any major cable channel and then celebrate the night with television figures like Ryan Seacrest and Anderson Cooper. 

Ball Piñata 

Construct a piñata shaped like the Times Square Ball, then spend the night decorating it with the kids. Add sparkly items, glitter, and anything that will make the piñata shine. At midnight, take turns trying to knock down the piñata. Whoever wins will have good luck for the rest of the year (maybe)! 

We hope that these ideas will make for a fun-filled New Year’s Eve with kids complete with love, happiness and good cheer.  

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