It’s almost time to ring in the next year – How will your family celebrate?

As a parent, your New Year’s Eves probably look a lot different from when you were child-free and footloose. You’ve swapped your year-on-year wild parties and capital city fireworks for champagne and canapes at home. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, kids may have entirely changed the way you celebrate New Year’s Eve. Let kids join in the fun this season by celebrating in style! Here are a few ideas!

Toast to the new year with a tasty mocktail. Glittering drinks aren’t just for the adults on New Year’s Eve! Create a signature cocktail for the adults and a mocktail for the kids. A great choice is to mix apple juice, frozen white grape juice concentrate, and club soda together. To make it look the part, add 2 fresh mint springs.

Go skating. Even in sunny California you can find a seasonal ice skating rink to enjoy! Bundle the kids up and head over to your local rink.

Set up a photo booth. Hit your local art supply store and buy a roll of craft paper – this will be the backdrop for your photo booth. Raid your home for silly props or pick up a packet of fun photo booth accessories! Finally, set up a camera and put on a timer. This New Year’s is sure to be full of memories and fun photos!

Make resolutions. Spend your New Year’s Eve with the family thinking about the year ahead. Sit down and discuss goals, individually and as a family. Once you’re finished, hang them on the fridge so that you can keep motivated in the new year.

Play games. If you’re indoors and need some entertaining, try playing fun indoor games. Whether it’s hide and seek or board games, you can always have good old-fashioned fun!

Countdown. Get the kids excited for the new year by watching the ball drop in Times Square on TV. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, find out where they’re counting down in your city and make the trip with the whole family. Just make sure to wrap up and stay warm!

From Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley, we hope that you and your children have safe and fun New Year’s Eve. For information on all of our clubs and programs in the new year, visit us here.