New year, new us, new ways to celebrate. Unfortunately, a glamorous night out sans kids isn’t in the cards for anyone this year, but there still are a lot of ways to make the night fun and memorable for everyone in the family.

Balloon Countdown

Count down the hours until midnight with balloons that get popped each hour. For extra fun, write an activity everyone will do a piece of paper and roll it up and tuck it in the balloon before filling. Some ideas could be:

  • Write down or say out loud things you did this year. See how many you can name in 60 seconds!
  • For the next hour, everyone gets new names. If you don’t call someone by their new name, you have to do 10 jumping jacks.
  • Elf on the Shelf Charades: Use your mischievous elf as the prop to act out a game of charade.
  • Write down a riddle for the kids to solve and find a secret stash of treats.

2020 Year in Review

Despite the odd year we’ve had, there’s sure to still be loads of pictures capturing different events. Put together a slideshow to look back on all of the different and fun moments everyone had.

Individualistic Outfits

Task the kids with picking out their favorite or making the goofiest outfit they can from the options in their closet. They’ll love having a formal fashion show to parade their bold and fantastic looks.

Talk About Resolutions

Take some time to talk as a family about your favorite (and not so favorite) memories from the past year. Then discuss what each person can do in the new year to make it better than ever. Older kids can write down their resolutions while the little ones can draw pictures.

Two Words: Cupcake Fondue

Adults know and love the romantic setting of dipping food into melted cheese or chocolate for a delicious evening. Well, there’s a kid-friendly version that’s loads of fun. Bake a bunch of mini cupcakes and have frosting and toppings in larger muffin tins and small bowls. Use forks or skewers to dip your cupcake into the toppings and enjoy! Here are more ideas for your cupcake fondue.

Watch the Ball Drop

There won’t be any big crowds in Times Square this year, but the ball will drop as usual. “One thing that will never change is the ticking of time and the arrival of a New Year at midnight on December 31st,” said Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, in a press release. “But this year there will be significantly new and enhanced virtual, visual, and digital offerings to complement whatever limited live entertainment or experiences — still in development — will take place in Times Square.” What does that mean for you? It’ll be even easier to watch it this year. Not only will be on all the major cable networks and streaming platforms, but it will also stream live on their website.

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