Try something exciting this New Year’s Eve with our simple activities balloon pop countdown for kids! Make it an all day bang to remember!
How do you celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids?
New Year’s Eve at my house always involves numerous balloons, a full day of activities for the kids, and ends with a slumber party in our living room.
It’s become our annual tradition!
Of course, you do not have to do a full day of activities to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids!
Keep reading to find a few things that may work for your family’s next New Year’s Eve celebration.
New Year’s Eve Activities Balloon Pop Countdown Preparation
My daughters and I create a list of activities we would like to do on New Year’s Eve a few days ahead of time.
The Night Before New Year’s Eve I Gather These Supplies:
- New Year’s Eve list of kids activities
- a bunch of balloons
- a pen
- a permanent marker
I prioritize the activities – ones we definitely want to do and others that can be done if we have time.
Then, I write each of the activities on strips of paper.
The activities I know we will want to do go inside of the balloons one at a time.
As soon as I put a strip of paper into a balloon, I blow the balloon up and write a time on it.
(Sometimes I record what activities are in each balloon on a separate piece of paper. But not always. It definitely isn’t necessary!)
Balloon Pop New Year’s Eve Activity Countdown
My daughters take turns popping the balloons as our countdown on New Year’s Eve at the time written on them.
Yes, we start our balloon pop countdown with an 8 AM balloon. “Get dressed and do morning chores.”
Apparently it’s more fun to do chores when you get to pop a balloon first!
The strips of papers with the extra New Year’s Eve kids activities get folded and placed into a small bowl.
One of the morning balloons in the countdown always says to do activities from the bowl until it is time to pop the next balloon.
These are nice fillers to do throughout the day.
I make sure to include some activities my kids can do on their own on New Year’s Eve too. I need to get a break at some point!
Having time for us to all rest during the day is also helpful (especially if we are going to stay up until midnight).
I used to tape the balloons to a wall. Now, I just throw them all on the floor. So simple!
(Balloons can be a choking hazard. Please supervise kids with balloons.)
My daughters try to sort them by time, so they know when they need to pop the next balloon.
Great practice with telling time! (8 AM is the morning balloon but 8 PM is the night balloon.)
Even though they help create a list of activities, they don’t know which activity I put in each of the balloons.
It’s always a fun surprise!
Some Activities We Tend to Do Every New Year’s Eve Include:
- decorate a gingerbread house (using a pre-made kit)
- play at least one game
- read at least one book
- decorate plain shirts (or hats or shoes) with fabric paint
- do at least one additional craft
- put together a small puzzle
- write New Year’s resolutions (and look at ones from the previous year)
- play with a toy
- look at old photos
- set up an air mattress in our living room
- watch a movie (at the end of the night to wind down)
If they manage to stay awake until New Year’s Day, they pop the final balloon in the countdown at 12:01 AM. “Good night…I mean, Good day! Happy New Year! Time to sleep.”
Below are even more ideas for a New Year’s Celebration with kids.
New Year’s Eve Balloon Activities and Noisemakers for Kids
Woo-hoo! Have fun ringing in the New Year with one (or more) of these balloon activities and noisemaker crafts.
- Play balloon badminton as seen on Juggling with kids. (You could even play a version of balloon badminton with toddlers!)
- Have a friendly competition with this crazy fun balloon activity race.
- Release the balloons with this DIY balloon drop shown on It’s Always Autumn.
- Bells and pipe cleaners are the only supplies needed for this bell noisemaker bracelet shown on Metro Parent for Southeast Michigan.
- Choose beads or buttons for your own DIY noisemakers as seen on Building our Story.
- Try these DIY noisemaker instruments found on Make and Takes using paper towel tubes or toilet paper tubes.
- Shake, rattle, and roll into the New Year with these homemade noisemakers made with a toilet paper tube found on Petite Planet.
- Decorate your own paper plate noisemaker like the one seen on Mom Unleashed.
- Repurpose an old water bottle to make one of these water bottle noisemakers as seen on Wunder-Mum.
New Year’s Eve Themed Food
Is there such a thing as a party without food? Try one of these tasty treats as part of your New Year’s Eve celebration.
- These ball dropping cupcakes could be made with a donut hole and straw as seen on Mooshu Jenne. Otherwise, simply stick in a round sucker!
- There is a surprise inside these confetti clock cookies found on Repeat Crafter Me.
- Blast off into the New Year with these easy fruit rockets as seen on Eats Amazing.
- Bring on the confetti with these Funfetti cupcakes as seen on Chelsweets.
- Shine like a star with these Krispie treat star wands found on Sweet Chubby Cheeks
- Use only three ingredients to make these sugar cone party horns from Hungry Happenings.
New Year’s Eve Fashion Accessories
Hats, crowns, glasses, bracelets, and rings? Yes, please! You only need pipe cleaners to make the first three accessories!
- Make these DIY pipe cleaner glasses found on Handmade Charlotte.
- Shape your own DIY year crown as seen on Small + Friendly while you still have the pipe cleaners out!
- Use even more pipe cleaners for these fireworks rings like the ones on Fantastic Fun and Learning.
- Countdown the hours with these simple countdown bracelets as seen on Kitchen Floor Crafts.
- Turn an old birthday hat into a DIY clock hat like the one found on Reading Confetti.
- Accessorize your house with these popsicle stick party hats shown on Glued To My Crafts Blog.
Even More New Year’s Eve Crafts and Activities for Kids
Here are even more kids crafts and activities to choose from for your New Year’s Eve balloon pop countdown.
- Race against the clock with these 10 New Year’s Eve Minute to Win It Games found on The Idea Room.
- Fireworks aren’t only for the 4th of July! Try this fireworks finger painting to celebrate the New Year.
- Decorate these countdown goodie bags shown on Hoosier Homemade before filling them with goodies.
- Get a little messy with this simple DIY confetti drop seen on And Next Comes L.
- Work as a family on this family time capsule explained on Home Grown Hearts Academy.
- These year-end interview questions for kids may be the perfect addition to your family time capsule.
- This flashlight scavenger hunt can easily be adapted for New Year’s Eve.
- Laugh as a family with these New Year’s Eve Mad Libs which can be printed from Happiness is Homemade.
- Practice telling the time as you countdown with these paper plate countdown clocks as seen on Buggy and Buddy.
- 5-4-3-2-1! Countdown the New Year with this simple paper plate countdown craft found on JDaniel4’s Mom. Great counting practice even after the New Year!
- Fill these poppers from Spaceships and Laser Beams with all sorts of fun treats.
- Toss some confetti with these toilet roll confetti poppers as seen on Mum in the Madhouse.