Looking for New Year’s Eve ideas?

| December 28, 2021

If you are still looking for ideas of fun family things to do on New Year’s Eve, here is a list of ideas.

Kids America is offering activities for all ages from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Children under the age of 12 require adult supervision and everyone must be picked up by 12:30 a.m. Advance tickets are $3 and tickets at the door are $5. This event is for members and non-members of KA. There will be open play basketball, pickleball, volleyball, kickball, Frisbee/hula hoop and competitions in some of the sports.

There will also be inflatables available and the ball drop from New York will be shown. Pizza from Papa Johns will be available.

Legacy Lanes will have bowling from noon to 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve in two hour increments. They will be closed from 8-9 p.m. to clean up and get ready for their New Year’s Eve Party that starts at 9 p.m. They are selling tickets for the party. Tickets are $30 and include four hours of bowling, shoes, party favors, pork/sauerkraut, hot dogs and pizza. Jeff Oswald, co-owner of Legacy Lanes, said that each lane must have four people, but up to six are welcome.

Shelby Theatres will also be open that evening.

If staying home is more what you want to do, make it a party for your family. Ask each person in your family what their favorite snack is and purchase plenty. Buy party plates and napkins. Purchase fancy “champagne” or “wine” glasses – you will be surprised at how special your children will feel drinking from the fancy glasses. Remember to pick up party hats, poppers and noise makers for the minute the clock strikes midnight.

Plan a game night for your family. Let everyone choose a game to play and maybe even purchase small prizes for the winners. It doesn’t need to be anything big – maybe a candy bar or another special treat. It won’t matter – your kids will just remember the fun they had playing games with you.

A family movie night is another great option. Have everyone wear pajamas and bring sleeping bags, pillows and blankets to the TV room. Pick several movies and let everyone vote. Remember to only pick movies that are okay for small children to watch before you ask for the vote!

You could also plan a scavenger hunt through your house. Give your kids a list of things they have to find and see who can find everything first. Or have a singing contest, a dance contest or any number of minute to win-it contests. Make up your own game or ask your children to help come up with ideas of fun things you can do that night.

You can set up a “photo booth” with props. You can buy plain hats and craft supplies and let everyone decorate their own party hat. Buy a roll of plain paper, cut it to fit your table and let your kids color and decorate your party “tablecloth.”  There are so many ways to let your kids get involved in the party planning and they will enjoy that as much as the actual party.

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