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Ideas for Ringing in the New Year with Young Kids

Whether you’re a brand new parent or have a few little ones running around, you may not be celebrating New Year’s Eve in the same way you used to. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t fun options for the family that will make the evening just as special. This year, look back on everything you experienced throughout the last twelve months and ring in 2018 with a bang – and your kids!.

Throw a Family-Friendly Shindig

Invite your other friends with kids to attend a party everyone can enjoy – thrown in the comfort of your own home. Encourage your guests to dress up, move furniture out of the way for a dance party and fill champagne glasses with sparkling cider. Let your kids help you plan a menu of finger foods and if appropriate, put the dishes together as a family. If your children are old enough to make it until midnight, watch the ball drop together. If not, take a moment to go around the room and share your favorite memories from 2017, host your own countdown and ring in the New Year a little early.

Celebrate with Just the Family

If you’d rather not focus on the details of throwing a party for others, set the evening aside to celebrate at home with your partner and your kids. Plan some unique games or crafts to build anticipation, like creating a time capsule, making photo collages that showcase memories from throughout the year or making hats and confetti to use when the New Year rolls in. You can also talk to your kids about New Year’s resolutions and work together to set goals for the entire family.

Sign Up for Community Events Around Central Ohio

There are a variety of community events around town that offer New Year’s Eve celebrations perfect for parents and children. First Night Columbus at COSI is a popular event that will get everyone in the family excited – no matter their age. Enjoy live music, movies, a visit to the planetarium, games, science shows and much more. Tickets are $10 presale or $15 at the door.