New Year's Eve Party Games for Kids

New Years Eve game items for kids

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Whether you are throwing a New Year's Eve party for kids or just ringing in the new at home with the family, you'll need a way to keep yourselves entertained until midnight. Plan an evening of fun by choosing a few New Year's Eve party games that are appropriate for kids (and adults) of all ages.

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    Find the Clock

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    Set an alarm clock to ring in 5 minutes, then hide it someplace in the room (or, for older kids, somewhere in the house). Challenge the kids to find it before it does.

    Another variation of this game is to hide several clocks and set them all to ring at the same time. Once they start ringing, kids have to find them all and turn them off while someone counts down from 10 to 1 (or more depending on a number of clocks).

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    New Year's Charades

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    Separate the kids into two teams to play a game of New Year’s Charades. Fill a party-style top hat with notes that contain New Year's prompts for the kids to act out to their teammates. Suggestions for hat fillers include:

    • New Year’s Eve
    • Noisemaker
    • Ball drop
    • Countdown
    • Party dress
    • Times Square
    • Resolutions
    • Champagne
    • Confetti
    • Clock
    • Midnight

    Players take turns choosing a note from the hat and trying to get their teammates to guess the answer by acting it out with gestures (no talking allowed). The team that guesses the most correctly wins. 


    These same prompts could also be used to play a game of New Year’s Pictionary.

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    New Year's Eve Karaoke

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    New Year’s Eve parties are traditionally noisy events where folks celebrate with everything from noisemakers to fireworks to horn-blowing. Therefore, what better way for kids to make some of their own New Year’s noise than with a microphone? Plug in the karaoke machine, turn up the volume, and let them sing in the New Year!

    You can even set up a playlist of songs with a New Year's theme or songs that contain lyrics about things associated with New Year's Eve, such as "Auld Lang Syne," "New Year's Day," by Taylor Swift, "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," by Etta James, and "Firework," by Katy Perry.

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    Guess the Resolution

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    As kids arrive at the party, instruct each one write down a New Year’s resolution they would like to make. Place the resolutions into a hat, and then pull them out one at a time to read them aloud. When you read the resolutions, guests must guess who wrote each one. Award trinket prizes to players who guess correctly, or keep score as you go and proclaim the person with the most correct guesses as the winner.

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    Two Resolutions and a Lie

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    Have the kids sit around a table, or gather on the floor in a circle. Players must take turns stating three New Year’s resolutions they will make. Two of the resolutions should be real, and one should be something made up by the player. The rest of the players have to guess which of the resolutions is false. Keep track of the correct guesses, and when every player has had a turn, the one who guessed the most correctly wins.

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    Photo Memory Timeline

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    Print out a collection of pictures that depict memories from the past year (try to have at least one for each month). Hide them around the house or scatter them on the floor. Have the kids hunt for and gather all of the pictures. Once they have retrieved them all, ask them to arrange them in order to create a timeline of memories.

    They can hang them on a wall or a clothesline strung across the room. Make sure to snap a picture of them hanging the pics or ringing in the new year to have one final image to hang at the end of the timeline. 

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    Musical Midnight

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    This is a New Year's Eve version of musical chairs. The game is set up and played just the same as the traditional version, but instead of music, kids will circle the chairs to the sound of ringing clock bells. When the clock bells stop ringing, kids must grab a seat. You can record the sound of clock bells and play it on a loop, stopping it at random times. Another option is to use a loudly clicking kitchen time, to imitate the sound of a ticking clock.