Fun Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve With Kids

Our readers share their fun New Year's traditions!

Remember What You're Thankful For

Party hat, confetti and horns Illustration by Chris Silas Neal

On January 1, my family starts a Gratitude Jar. We jot down what we're grateful for and drop the notes in all year long. On New Year's Eve we open the jar and read the notes.

Martha Browning
Westchester, CA

    Trim a Tree

    We decorate a "New Year's Tree" with horns, party hats, and balloons!

    Kathi Krebs
    Orcutt, CA

      Start the Year with Kindness

      My kids and I choose a Person of the Year to do special things for each month. It might be a friend with a new baby, someone struggling with an illness, or an elderly family member. We send letters, bake them cookies, and take them meals.

      Miriam Doughty
      Fairview, NC

        Put Some Pop Into Your Countdown

        My husband and I write activities ("play a board game") on slips of paper, then tuck them inside balloons. We label one balloon for each hour from 7 p.m. to midnight. At the appointed time, the kids pop the balloon and we spend that hour doing the activity.

        Melanie Colosimo
        Jefferson Hills, PA

          Fill Out a Questionnaire

          Everyone in my family completes a survey. Topics range from "What is your favorite food?" to "What are your goals for the coming year?" I save the surveys, and we revisit them the next year.

          Nisa Adkins
          Lavalette, WV

            Plan for Fun

            Instead of resolutions, we make a family fun to-do list of activities we'd like to do together that year. Whenever we have some family time, we try something on our list.

            Cheryl Hullihen
            Vineland, NJ