Things to do for Brisbane Families on New Year’s Eve

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 here and also 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.

New Years Eve with kids

Toast – Fill some plastic champagne/tumbler glasses and toast to your kids with some lemonade or sparkling mineral water to a wonderful year had in 2015!

Goals for the New Year – Talk about what bits were your favourite and what you learnt from 2015. Then encourage everyone set some goals for 2016. 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.

New Years Eve with kids

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 2015’s New Year’s 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.

New Year's Eve with kids

TV – Watch the New Year’s Eve celebrations on TV.

Family-friendly New Year’s Eve events in Brisbane 2015-2016

Bribie Island | Bribie Island New Year’s Eve Fireworks | 12pm-8.30pm –  Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Brennan Park where the whole family can spend New Year’s Eve wandering around the markets and watching the fireworks at the kid friendly time of 8.30pm.

Hamilton | New Year’s Eve @ Portside | 8:30pm  and midnight- Great food and fireworks with two fireworks displays – 8.30pm and midnight.

Ipswich | Celebrate New Year’s Eve | 6pm-10:00pm – Something for everyone – Free kid’s rides, live entertainment including Dora the Explorer and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,  great food and  a fireworks display at 9.30pm.

Manly | New Year’s Eve Fireworks| 9pm and midnight -Bring the kids along to Little Bayside Park in Manly on New Years  Eve to see a fireworks spectacular at the kid friendly time of 9pm and again at midnight for those who officially want to see in the New Year.

Redcliffe | Foreshore Fireworks | 8.30pm – See the Redcliffe Peninsular light up from Ted Smout Bridge in Clontarf  to  Woody Point with fireworks for the whole family at 8.30pm.

Scarborough | Midnight New Year’s Eve Fireworks | 12:00am – A fantastic fireworks display just as the New Year hits!

South Bank | Free movies and New Year’s Eve Fun @ South Bank | 12:30pm -midnight – Bring your picnic blanket and get comfortable as a 5 movie marathon starts at 12.30pm in the Cultural Forecourt with the 8.30pm fireworks display taking place before the final movie Minions at 8.45pm,. There will also be food trucks and live music in the Rainforest Green until the midnight fireworks display.

South Bank | New Year’s Eve @ South Bank | 8:30pm and midnight – Get your spot early for this ever-popular New Year’s Eve event! A great vantage point for the fireworks at 8:30pm and midnight. Each show will last for 10 minutes.

Springfield | Fireworks at the Lagoon | 9pm – Celebrate New Years Eve with a spectacular fireworks shows at 9pm at the Lagoon which will stay open until 10pm.

Victoria PointNew Year’s Eve Carnival | 5pm-9pm  – Celebrate the start of 2015 with live circus themed entertainment and markets from 5pm, followed by a  fireworks display at 9pm at Victoria Point Lakeside.

Family-friendly New Year’s Eve events on the Gold Coast 2015-2016

Surfer’s Paradise | New Year’s Eve on the Gold Coast | 8pm-Midnight – Some of Queensland’s biggest New Year’s Eve fireworks displays at 8pm and midnight.

Family-friendly New Year’s Eve events on the Sunshine Coast 2015-2016

Mooloolaba | New Year’s Eve Celebrations | from 4pm – Live music and entertainments, rides, kid’s activities, yummy food and drink. The first spectacular fireworks show will be held at 8:30pm and, for all the party animals, another will be held at midnight.

Caloundra | New Year’s Eve Celebrations | from 6pm- Kids musical program, rides, face painting, food and drinks and a twilight movie will be followed by an awesome fireworks finale at 9.30pm.

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 in 2016! Thanks for being part of the biggest family community in Brisbane and part of our own Brisbane Kids Family.

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