New Year’s Eve parties are always fun, but it can be challenging to provide games for the children in attendance. If the children aren’t happy, it usually follows that the parents aren’t particularly happy, so it is in the host’s best interests to provide entertainment for the wee ones as well.
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Create an indoor volleyball court. Clear out all fragile items from the room and string a standard volleyball net across the center of the room. Divide children into two teams. Blow up latex balloons in festive New Year’s Eve colors, such as black, silver, white and gold. Have children toss the balloons back and forth over the net, volleyball style, making sure the balloons don’t reach the floor.
Party Hat Contest
Have a New Year’s Eve crafting party. Provide party hats, glitter, glue, stickers, ribbons, cut out shapes and other embellishments. Set up a work area for the children, covering a large table with a disposable table cloth or an old sheet. Allow the children to create their own elaborate party hats. Do this craft at the beginning of the party to allow the glue to dry completely. When the party hats are completely dried, hold a contest for the most creative, festive, artful, funniest and unusual party hat. Provide candy or small gifts as prizes.
Arrange chairs in a large circle for musical chairs, making sure there is one less chair than children. Play New Year’s Eve themed music, such as “The Final Countdown,” “1999,” “It Was a Very Good Year,” and “Celebration.” Allow the children to play musical chairs in the normal fashion, removing one chair after each round. Reward the last child with a custom CD of the music played during the game.
Host a coin toss for the children toward the end of the evening. Line several jars or bowls up along the wall. Have plenty of pennies on hand! Give each child a predetermine number of pennies (5, 10, 25, etc.) and allow them to toss the coins into the jar or bowl. Once the child has finished tossing their coins, they can keep the ones that made it into the dish as a treat.
Have a large number of toys and games available for the children to play with. Those who don’t want to participate in structured activities can be shown the stash of toys and allowed to play on their own. Alternatively, schedule a time for a free-for-all, when all the children can play with whatever toy they choose. Balls, cars and trucks, games, puzzles and coloring supplies are excellent choices for the free-for-all.