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January 1, 2013

Simple New Year's Countdown for Kids

With a few options of places to go and people to be with on New Year's Eve we were pretty sure we would be busy doing something. Then it snowed. Like 5 inches (at least that is how it seems). We did NOT want to leave in the snow and drive on back roads to get to parties!

So with a change in plans, we had our own little New Year's Eve party for our own little family; with a special Balloon Countdown for the girls.



The countdown started at 6, and the girls were ready in their "party outfits." They also had little New year's crowns I had planned to take with us wherever we ended up.


How to Set Up a Balloon Countdown


First, you need a few things:

  • Balloons
  • Sharpie
  • Tape
  • Activity Ideas written on slips of paper (feel free to use ours, or make up your own)

Start by rolling the slips of paper and sticking them into the balloons; then blow up the balloons! I had specific activities for specific times, so I wrote the time on the balloon as soon as it was blown up to prevent getting them mixed up.




Then find a place to hang them up! We taped ours to our piano, but a doorway would work, or hanging down on string. 



Now, I had to work some learning into our night of fun, so I made sure to set a clock out where the kids could easily see it. They got to watch the time, and let us know when it was time to pop the next balloon. 

They didn't let us miss a single one either! 


Activities for our New Year's Balloon Countdown


Since this was last minute,  I came up with stuff we already had that the kids would enjoy!

Balloon 1 (6:00): Play a game of Dixit.

Balloon 2 (7:00): Watch the newest My Little Pony episode.

Balloon 3 (8:00): Help Daddy put together Lego sets.



By balloon 3, I was seriously amazed by how fast time was passing. I am not a night owl anyhow, so New Year's is not usually so kind to me. This was definitely keeping me awake though!

Balloon 4 (9:00): Fireworks in a Jar. I had no idea how popular this would be especially at 9 pm, but we emptied and filled our jar 4 times!




Balloon 5 (10:00): Glow sticks and a movie! The girls love glow sticks, and this was a perfect time for them since it was a dark. They turned off all the lights and started a movie.



Balloon 6 (11:00): Confetti! We started a movie at 10, so I knew we wouldn't want to stop and have an activity, plus we were hoping they would actually start to calm down a bit, so our 11:00 balloon was just filled with confetti.

The confetti backfired a little because once the girls could see stars inside, they both wanted to pop the balloon. So I made a second one, and at 11:00 we took a break from the movie and got stars all over the kitchen floor.


Balloon 7 (12:00): Noise Makers and Sparkling Grape Juice! The movie ended, and the girls had just enough time to put on PJs and pop the last balloon before we needed our noise makers!



They patiently watched the ball drop, noisemakers held to their mouths, and at midnight they went crazy! Not too bad really, but we did get lots of noise.

Then they each tried some sparkling grape juice (which they still didn't care for), brushed their teeth, and went to bed.

 Not what we had planned, but for me, it was the best New Year's Eve yet! Watching the kids with all the activities in their balloon countdown made for a really exciting and quick evening.





The New Year's Eve Balloon Countdown helped keep them awake and out of trouble, and allowed us all to enjoy New Year's Eve despite being snowed in; I'm sure it will become a tradition!

Check out all the festivities and our geography countdown for New Year's too and our New Year's Mystery Countdown!

28 comments:

  1. What a fun New Year's Eve! We still haven't let our kids stay up until midnight. I guess one of these years we will. I didn't even make it until midnight this year. I'm getting too old. :)

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    1. They did great! The oldest has stayed up since she was 2; she tends to be a night owl if we let her! I wanted to go to bed earlier, so I guess I'm old too! At least having something planned for the kids helped keep me awake!

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    2. Just set all the clocks in your home back 4 hours. Start your party at 4 (real world time) 8 at your house. Do all the activities and then ring in the new year at midnight (8pm at your house) and have the kiddos in bed (and you) by 9. We started did this when our children were very little along with friends. This year my boys ages 10 and 12 will be staying up until the real midnight.

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  2. Aww, looks like it was so much fun. I will have to write down these activities to use for next year with my little ones!

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    1. They had a great time! I am in love with pinterest and have used it to keep track of ideas for over a year now. If you don't yet, you should try it! I hope you can use some of the ideas next year!

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  3. It looks like such a fun night. I like the balloon countdown. Visiting from TGIF!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Kelly! They had a great time!

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  4. Very cute kids and great ideas for a fun evening! Visiting from Diana's link party!

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    1. Thanks for visiting! They had a great time with it, and it kept me awake!

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  5. How fun, I love it! Thanks for sharing! We have fondue every year & I think I may just have to start doing the balloon countdown next year as well! Here's a link to our New Years Eve party... Check it out if you get the chance!

    http://lifeisfantasmic.blogspot.com/2013/01/happy-2013.html

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    1. I am sure if we are home we will be repeating the balloon countdown! It looks like you all had a great time; I love the Candy Land!

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  6. Aww, I think this was the perfect way to celebrate New Years Eve! I am going to keep,this in mind when Violet gets older.

    Thanks for sharing your favorite post at Raising Imperfection! We feature our favorites on Friday, make sure to come back and check.
    Leslie
    www.violetimperfection.com

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    1. Thanks Leslie! We had a great time, so it was the best way to celebrate!

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  7. Ridiculously awesome! We had similar experiences this New Year's eve and it was our best ever too!
    Happy New year mama!!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection!
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured :)

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. Thanks for hosting and visiting! Hope you have a wonderful year!

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    2. Found you through Diana Rambles Pin It linky party. I love the balloon countdown idea! Will most definitely tuck that idea away for next New Years! My kids will love that!
      Dani
      http://whoneedsacape.com

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    3. Thanks for visiting Dani! My kids had a blast with it, so I hope you do try it!

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  8. Looks like a fun time! We only got about an inch from that storm. I love the balloon idea!

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    1. Glad it missed you all! Things have been slippery around here for a while now! Thanks for visiting!

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  9. What a fun time you and your family had! I love LOVE your idea of popping a balloon each hour with something fun for the kids to do to keep them busy. Such a good way to get the whole family involved and have a fabulous night. I found your lovely blog via Leslie since you were featured this week! Needless to say I'm a new follower :)

    http://www.nuggetonabudget.com

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    1. Thanks you Kera! I already follow you on facebook! ;) The balloon popping did me good too; it kept me awake! lol

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  10. What a great way to celebrate!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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    1. Thank you Carrie; we had a great time! I appreciate you visiting and hosting!

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  11. If you want kiddos to get to bed earlier, why not pick another country & count down to their midnight. Just an idea : )

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    1. Unfortunately my kids like to stay up, but that is an awesome idea! I may have to do something with that is year!

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  12. This is a great idea for kids of any age - we usually serve "Orangina" in plastic champagne glasses for my son - this would be a HOOT - I know he would think this was spectacular. I'm tickled to try this Jan 2015 - Happy News Year early to you and your family.

    Eva Mitton-Urban

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  13. Angela, take a look at the balloons. I think this is something we can do.

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