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The countdown is on to make plans to ring in the New Year! Dancing? Dining Out? House Party? Family Gathering? There is no shortage of fun events and outings going on around town this year. For me, a cozy New Year’s Eve at home with my family beats all.
Kids love to create, celebrate and stay up late. So I am giving them lots of options this year. We are going to have a party in our own living room and whoop it up until the ball drops to ring in 2014.
Let kids decorate and personalize their own party hats and noisemakers with markers, glitter, and tissue. Use plain paper cones or wide headbands for the hats.
Make a Memory Book or Time Capsule. Give each child a photos of some their favourite 2013 memories. Gather fun keepsakes and use an old jar or scrap book put them together. Encourage kids to comment on photos and tag items with their memories.
Create a special kids table. Set up a fun kids table giving them a fun place to sit. Decorate it with garland and other Christmas stuff you already have around.
Decorate. Add a little sparkle to your table by lighting a couple of sparklers as the countdown starts.
Bake a Wish Cake. This is a fun Greek tradition in which you bake a cake with a lucky coin or other trinket hidden inside. The recipient of the coin is said to have good luck for the upcoming year.
Watch home movies and reminisce. Cuddle up with some popcorn and look over your favourite moments from the past year together.
Dress up and have a dance party. Kids love to dress up, so let them put on their best clothes, push the furniture back and have a dance party. Make it even more fun by wearing boas, tutus, silly hats and glasses.
Make Memory Books. Provide each child with a small notebook and have them write and draw their memories from the year.
Talk about resolutions and what they mean. Have kids write down what theirs are for 2013
Stay up Late
Celebrate Midnight in Another Country. Let’s face it, some of our kids are just too young to make it until midnight. Why not celebrate the New Year earlier in the day alongside another country in another part of the world. If you are in CAnada for example, you could celebrate alongside Paris which would be 6:00 p.m Oh La La.
Ring it In. Set all the clocks, alarms, and cell phones to go off at midnight.
Keep them Busy. Do hourly activities to help kids count down the time. Write them on a slip of paper and put them inside of a balloon or envelope.
Have a balloon drop at midnight. You can make your own balloon drop using a drawstring garbage bag. Till it with balloons and hang it upside down. Then undo the drawstring at midnight and let the balloons shower down.
If you want to go out and about! Ignite a year of celebration at City Hall or Parliament #Canadas150