Things to do for Brisbane Families on New Year’s Eve
Fun New Year’s Eve activities for families in Brisbane.
How do you celebrate New Year’s Eve with your Brisbane Kids? Regardless of whether they can last the distance and still be awake at midnight, we’ve come up with some great ideas for fun things to do for families to celebrate the final day of the year. There are also several family and kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations taking place in Brisbane this year, which can all be found on our Event Calendar.
How to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids
- Book a private gondola on the Wheel of Brisbane to see the 8.30pm or midnight Brisbane fireworks displays.
- Have a glamorous dinner at one of Brisbane’s city hotels. Most of the big hotels do a set price New Year’s Eve buffet, with reduced prices for children.
New Year’s Eve at home with children
Not up to braving the crowds of revellers this year with your clan? Here are some great ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve at home with your Brisbane Kids –
Sparkler Photos – Buy some sparklers and take some photos of each child writing their age or name in the sky. Just be careful with children holding the sparkler, as the metal can get very hot and burn little fingers.
Glow Sticks – Buy some glow sticks (well priced at discount stores). Fill the bath up and pop the glow sticks in for some festive water fun. Another alternative is to put the glow stick inside a deflated balloon, blow it up, then float these in the bath. Be sure to supervise younger children in particular with glow sticks, as the contents are not nice if broken open.
Balloon Countdown – Countdown the arrival of the new year with balloons. Pop a balloon containing instructions for an activity every hour, culminating in glow sticks at midnight. How Does She? has come up with a list of activities you could include.
Toast – Fill some plastic champagne/tumbler glasses and toast to your kids with some lemonade or sparkling mineral water to a wonderful year had!
Goals for the New Year – Talk about what bits were your favourite and what you learnt from the past year. Then encourage everyone set some goals for next year. We love the idea of a jar where you place a note every time something wonderful happens or and achievement is made throughout the year; then reading these aloud on New Year’s Eve.
Neighbourhood party – Throw a neighbourhood party with other families and enjoy the fun.
Hourly Countdown – An hour by hour countdown box. Open a different package every hour to countdown the hours to the new year. The Dating Divas have some great ideas for what these could be, including a time capsule and a ‘lucky penny’ activity.
Family Board Games – Have a fun board game night. Make it all about family, being together and celebrating each other.
Make Pizzas – Home made pizzas are a wonderful idea for New Year’s Eve festive fare that the kids can help make and then eat.
Family Disco – Have a family disco. Turn down the lights, put on some music and dance like crazy people!
New Year’s Interviews – Read out this year’s New Year’s Day interviews. To be completed on New Year’s Day, we love the idea of an ‘interview’ that is then read again on New Year’s Eve to see how each family member has changed in the course of 12 months. Take a look at Teach Mama‘s ideas for some wonderful interview questions.
TV – Watch the New Year’s Eve celebrations on TV.
Happy New Year from Brisbane Kids!
Brisbane Kids wishes you and your Brisbane kids a fabulous New Year’s Eve. We can’t wait to share more awesome things to do with kids in Brisbane with you and your family over the next 12 months! Thanks for being part of the biggest family community in Brisbane and part of our own Brisbane Kids Family.