Still trying to figure out what to do with the kids on New Year’s Eve? Here are a few suggestions to get you through the day and into the night.

Out on the town
Check your local listings or parenting blogs (here’s mine!)  for family friendly New Year’s Eve events in your area. Many of these events take place during the day, allowing you to get the kids out of the house for part of the day and still celebrate at home in the evening.

Family dinner
Make the night a special event by cooking your kids’ favorite meal. The whole family can enjoy cooking the meal together. Plus, you can turn the feast into an arts and crafts project by having your kids create place cards and festive table décor.

2014 recap
There is no better time than the last day of the year to go through all your family pictures from 2014. Look through family photos, have every family member share their favorite memories from the year, and create a collage of these favorite memories together.

2015 resolutions
A family New Year’s Eve celebration provides a great opportunity to introduce the idea of resolutions and gratitude to your children. Have each family member share one thing they were thankful for in 2014, as well as one resolution for 2015. While your resolutions may involve the gym and eating healthier, your kids may focus more on resolutions such as making their bed or listening to you more. (I like that kind of resolution.)

Game time
Make the evening fun by playing family friendly games together. Have a dance party and freeze every time the music stops. Or play fun group games like Charades, Pictionary, and Taboo. The app Heads Up provided hours of family fun in our household over the holidays and will probably make a reappearance at our New Year’s celebration.

DIY ball drop celebration
Just because the official ball drops at midnight doesn’t mean you can’t have your own family celebration beforehand. Celebrate on your own at noon, 6, 7 or 9 p.m. There are apps that provide countdowns and on-screen fireworks displays to make the celebration more festive. You can even go as far as creating your own ball drop or balloon drop.

Happy New Year!

Varma is the founder of The Modern Mompreneur and owner of Bethesda’s Kidville.

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