Celebrating the New Year when you have kids. Yeah, it can put a damper on festivities and late night watching the ball drop, um, not going to happen, right? No one understands like other parents. We salute all parents (and grandparents) by offering these New Years Eve ideas when you have kids.
Got Kids? New Year’s Eve Ideas
Enjoying the New Year when you have children brings a new host of challenges, especially as a new parent. The makers of Mommy’s Time Out Wine and yours truly at TravelingInHeels.com understand, and we are here to rescue with the following New Years Eve ideas to celebrate when you have kids.
Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Do a little local homework. You’ll be surprised how many destinations offer family-friendly New Years Eve fireworks.
I live in Denver, where my Mile High City offers several options for families with children to ring in the New Year including an early family-friendly fireworks show in downtown Denver.
Perhaps late night festivities are out for you and your young family. Those with young kids might enjoy a noon New Year’s Eve at the Children’s Museum.
Keep it Simple. Celebrate New Years Eve at Home
Mommy’s Time Out Wine is right. Being a parent is stressful enough, but combine it with trying to compete for a babysitter and staying out late only to get up early. This only adds to the pressure. Try celebrating with a nice family dinner together and put the kids to bed with their usual routine.
After the wee ones drift off to sleep, you and your spouse can snuggle in front of the TV with some special late night treats and a rewarding glass of wine.
Avoid the morning-after champagne headache, why not enjoy just a glass or two of wine with some late night snacks like an imported cheese and some fresh fruit? Mommy can enjoy a glass of Mommy’s Time Out wine, while Dad can indulge in a glass of Dad’s Day Off Chianti! And at about $10 per bottle, your celebration won’t break the bank like expensive champagne.
Yes, we know; we had you at wine.
Choose from four varieties including Mommy’s Time Out Garganega Pinot Grigio, Mommy’s Time Out Moscato, Mommy’s Time Out Delicious Red and Mommy’s Time Out Delicious Pink. All are made from grapes grown in Italy and have wonderful fruity undertones. All the wines are fresh, fruity and well balanced, delicious for sipping with snacks or to complement a meal.
We also are fans of Family Time is Hard Pinot Grigio (because who doesn’t love the name of this wine, right?).
What’s your go-to every day wine? What is your favorite celebratory wine?
Make Some Family Memories
New Year’s Day is a great day to make some family memories that will last a lifetime. New Year’s Eve ideas might include taking a family photo with someone holding up a sign with the year. It’s also a great day to measure everyone against the door jam, so they can look back at their growth in years to come.
And aren’t newborn photos the best?
Set New Year’s Eve Goals
Get the whole family involved in goal setting. Have everyone share a goal for the coming year and brainstorm as a family the steps you can take to make that goal a reality. Find ways to reward one another along the way and remember to check in over dinner once a month to keep those goals front and center! This is a great way to forge family cooperation and show the kids how to accomplish something as a team.
Look Back & Count Your Blessings
While looking to the future is great, take time to look back on the year and count your blessings. Remind each other and your children of all the good things that happened, and teach your family how to appreciate what they have.
One way to do this is to ask each family member to write down three things they were thankful for in 2016 and share them over dinner on New Year’s Eve. Keeping them in a scrapbook and looking at them every few years will also serve as a reminder of what’s truly important.
Share your New Years Eve ideas to celebrate the holiday with kids in the comments below.