If your children want to celebrate the arrival of the new year tomorrow but midnight is too late for them to stay up, why not stage it earlier in the night before they go to bed? You can find videos of the ball drop in New York City from previous years online so watch one of these old videos and have the whole family count down the minutes. You can just pick a random time (for example, 8:00 p.m.) to count down towards. Everyone can scream “Happy New Year” and make noise, regardless of what time you celebrate the new year’s arrival. You can even let your little ones dress up in fancy clothes from their dress-up box and pile on fun, glittery accessories like tiaras, crowns, necklaces and funny hats.
If you want to make your own New Year’s ball to drop in your home, you can make a paper mâché one using a balloon, glue and newspaper strips. Or just use a regular balloon and let it fall to the floor. If you do not have any noisemakers at home, you can let your children bang on pots and pans to celebrate the arrival of the new year.
Older children can celebrate the night by having a pajama party in the living room. They can pile lots of pillows, sleeping bags and blankets on the floor to make it comfy, put on their pjs and have a ball! You might even want to help them build a pillow fort for even more fun.