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How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Kids Who Drop Before the Ball Does

It’s a childhood rite of passage to try to stay up until midnight and fail miserably. I don’t know how many attempts it took for me to finally make it to the ball drop, and we won’t even talk about how I’ve seriously regressed in that area ever since entering parenthood. It’s definitely a transition to go from your pre-kid days to celebrating New Year’s Eve with kids, but it can be just as fun—just a different kind of fun.

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With the toddler crowd, you know there’s no point in even suggesting they stay up. They’ll never make it, and you’ll end up with a cranky kid for all of New Year’s Day. So here are some ways to trick the clock and let your little one in on the fun

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Celebrate Noon Year’s Eve. We love this concept of a Noon Year’s Eve party—so clever! Throw in the towel early and have fun while everyone is still in good spirits!

Ring in the Noon Year Party - New Year's Eve for Kids

Ring in the Noon Year Party - New Year's Eve with Kids

Borrow a New Time Zone for the Day. Folks on the west coast can easily shout “Happy New Year” along with NYC at 9pm PT, but even east coasters can get in on this cheating-the-clock action. Check in with BBC or search for London webcams online to celebrate New Year’s in London at a chipper 7pm ET.

DIY Clock Piñata - New Year's Eve with KidsNew Year’s Eve DIY Clock Piñata

Count Down on Your Own Time. Really you can pick any time for your official countdown. It can be the kids’ normal bedtime and no one needs to be the wiser. So put on your party hats, shake your homemade noisemakers and throw some confetti!

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DIY New Year's Eve Noisemakers DIY Noisemaker Tutorial

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And make sure you check our list of tried-and-true favorites for more things to do with your kiddos this NYE:
10 Things to Do with Kids on New Year’s Eve

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Is It A Good Idea To Let Your Baby Stay Up Until Midnight On New Year's Eve?

Friday 25th of December 2020

[…] tend to be fussy and this means that no one will enjoy the celebrations. You don’t want to deal with a cranky kid on New Year’s Day! If your toddler requires less sleep, you can keep him up without disrupting […]