New Year's Eve has always held a lot of expectations. The pressure to do something epic and memorable was exciting in the days I was single and free — a night I looked forward to planning with my friends each year. But after kids came on the scene, there were suddenly more factors to consider. Can I find a babysitter willing stay until after midnight? How early will these kids wake up the next morning? Staying home became the new normal, because it was easier. Luckily, there are plenty of fun New Year’s Eve activities for families that parents who choose to stay home can enjoy with their kids.
One of the best things about having a family New Year's Eve at home, is that you set the terms for the night. Your family can eat dinner in pajamas, play some games, share some New Year's resolutions, and have the little ones in bed by 10, giving you plenty of time to pop champagne (or go to bed yourself — no judgement here.)
Whatever you plan is, staying home together for New Year's Eve can be far from boring. Toss some surprises into the mix with traditions this year, and try out these 11 fun family activities for when the clock strikes midnight.