Pre-kids, staying home on New Year’s Day usually meant finding confetti in weird places and sleeping until noon. But with little ones around to help celebrate the first day of 2019, you’re going to need a stash of fun activities to keep everyone busy and happy. While we can’t provide any mimosas with breakfast, we’ve definitely got awesome traditions to start, activities to try, and other creative ideas to help you start the year right. Scroll down to see them all.

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1. Tradition Kick-Off
What made 2018 the most memorable? Start an annual tradition by writing letters to open the next year. As the mini-time capsule gets going, you’ll have a memorable way to look back and ahead. To get the kids thinking about real resolutions, check out these cute and colorful printables for 2018 for added inspiration!

2. Indoor Campout
No matter where you live, it’s likely too chilly for the real deal, but pitch a tent in the living room, roll out sleeping bags on the couch, fashion a campfire, and make sure to include some hot cocoa. Get inspired by these next-level indoor forts! 

photo: Kyle Riess via Flickr

3. Movie Marathon
Whether you cue up all three Cars, back-to-back Descendants, or you’re ready to commit the next generation to every single Star Wars installment, loosen up those screen time limits and go big for once. Psst! If you need more ideas for what to watch, check out our ultimate list of movies for kids.

4. Cook Out
Staying home is always a little sweeter when you can smell something delicious coming from the kitchen. We’ve got the best snacks for your hungry crew. See them all by clicking here.

5. Out With the Old
You know when all you have to do is move the furniture around to get a brand-new perspective on it all? Show the kids how liberating it can feel to go new. Suggest a bedroom swap, a relief-effort donation round-up of old toys and clothes to make room for everything Santa may have just dropped off, or maybe even a  fun (temporary) hair color!

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6. Game Day
Let the games begin and see who the New Year will crown the champion. Pick crowd-pleasers like Bugs in the Kitchen or Apples to Apples, build an ultimate Magna-Tiles mansion, or set up that sure-fire bet that may last well into 2018: Monopoly. For more fun, check out our roundup of new board games!

7. Bucket List Décor
The new year is the ultimate opportunity for a fresh start. Keep up that energizing NYE energy with family plans for 2018: a new place to travel, activity or sport to try, an organization to help out. We love the idea of hanging your ideas up on the wall for year-long inspiration!

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8. Craft It Up
Get your Pinterest pins at the ready and tag some adorable craft crafts for the kiddos to create on New Year’s Day. Our favorites include these classic kid projects.

9. (Get to) Know Your Neighbors
With everyone off from work and school, why not host a mugging for your neighbors? As nefarious as it sounds, muggings are a completely innocent (and oh-so-easy) way to entertain friends. Have each guest bring a coffee mug to use as a plate. You provide warm comfort foods that they simply ladle into their mugs (chili or soup, anyone?). The best part? Partygoers big and small can easily mingle while they munch, mug in hand.

10. Photo Time
No matter what your family does to ring in the New Year, we love the idea of streaming your “Best of 2018” photos on the TV to set the mood. Focusing on the family is what it’s all about, after all.




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How will you spend New Year’s Day? Share with us in a Comment below!

— Jennifer Pardini & Allison Sutcliffe

Feature Photo by Lotte Meijer on Unsplash