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5 family New Year's celebrations

Ringing in the new year at home with your kids can be just as much fun as going out. Here are five family-friendly ideas to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your kids.

Mock New Year’s Eve

If you know your kids won’t make it until midnight, have a mock New Year’s earlier in the evening. A fun idea is to buy or make a piñata in the shape of a ball and pretend it’s like the ball that drops on Times Square. Let the kids break it open at the “mock midnight” hour. You can purchase a piñata at a party supply store such as Party City.

You can also make a toast with the kids’ favorite juice. Just declare 8pm or the time of your choice to be “New Year’s.” That way, the younger ones can still participate and get a good night’s sleep.

Get crafty

New Year’s Eve crafts can help get the kids into the spirit of the holiday, not to mention keeping them awake and occupied until you’re ready to

You can swing at a ball piñata, unless you’d rather take a swat at a Justin Bieber piñata, both from Party City.

At Kaboose.com, find instructions to make a New Year’s Eve ball, New Year’s resolution magnet and paper plate noisemaker

Pick a flick

Let the little ones help you choose a family movie. If you want to wait until midnight, everyone can curl up in the family room with blankets, pillows and snacks while watching. Some kids might find it fun to have a slumber party in the living room. Building forts or putting up a small tent definitely adds to the excitement of the evening!

Milkshake toast

A simple milkshake recipe:

• 1 cup vanilla ice cream
• ¾ cup milk
• 3 tbsp. room-temperature marshmallow crème
• 4 tbsp. chocolate syrup

Don’t miss lifting glasses in a family New Year’s Eve toast. Adults can enjoy champagne and kids can have bubbly sparkling cider, but for an alternative  midnight toast — at whatever hour you choose — consider making milkshakes.

Let the kids help pick out ingredients the day before. Along with the ice cream, you can include fresh fruit, yogurt or  chocolate chips. Before it’s time to toast, blend up the milkshakes, served with whipped cream, a cherry and bright-colored straws for a final festive touch.

Delicious dinner

Involve the kids in preparing a simple, yummy family dinner to add to the New Years Eve celebration. Pizzas are an easy dinner treat to make with the little ones.

► Deep dish pizza recipe from Marthastewart.com


Anna H. Yermilov is a MetroKids intern and Temple University School of Media and Communication graduate.

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