Like many things, New Years Eve looks a little different with kids. And like, many things with kids, it takes a bit more organisation and creativity. Here are our ideas for a fabulous NYE with the littlest people in your life.
NYE with Kids
- If you have kids primary school age or a little older, host a kids party for them. Find a suitable space, like a cleared out garage or rumpus room. Turn off all the lights. Get a bunch of glow sticks and spread them around (Aldi and Kmart always have cheap packs this time of year). Just add music and a little bit of food. Have fun dancing and partying with the favourite little people in your life.
- What’s New Years Eve without fireworks? We generally find that the beach or suburban fireworks are better than battling South Bank with littlies. But if you do want to see the big fireworks, here are some vantage points that might not be quite as crowded as South Bank itself:
- Mt Coot-tha
- Highgate Hill, Cnr of Dornoch Terrace and Hampstead Road
- Holy Trinity Church, Hawthorne St, Wooloongabba
- Vulture Street, footpath on the section of road stretching over the South East Freeway and Pacific Motorway
- Latrobe Terrace, Paddington
- Portside Wharf
- Coorparoo, elevated sides of Old Cleveland Road and Chatsworth Road
- Perth Street park at Camp Hill
- Your couch in front of the telly
And here are some other places that host kid-friendly fireworks:
- Wynnum Manly
- Mooloolaba Esplanade
- Surfers Paradise
- Carina Leagues Club
- Victoria Point shopping centre
- Have a dinner with other families with babies. Bring the babies fed, bathed and ready for bed, to someone’s home. Each family brings a plate and a port-a-cot. If you are lucky, they will all go down to sleep whilst you have a lovely grown up evening with friends. It has been done. We promise.
- Similar to the above, but for older kids. The dads all get together for a BBQ and looking after the kids. The mums go out for dinner somewhere local and then everyone comes back together again for the New Year celebrations. Of course you could do this vice versa, but we vote for mums night out.
- There is no reason you have to celebrate NY on the stroke of midnight. Maybe a New Years lunch or a morning tea is a better fit for you and your family.
Tips for Surviving New Years with kids
- Be flexible – it’s just one night of the year and everyone is excited. The kids may not go to bed when you want them to. But did you on New Years? Some of our favourite childhood memories are of being allowed to stay up late on special occasions.
- New Years is one of those evenings that comes with pressure – it might be a great night, it might not. Just let it go. No need to be all FOMO over it.
- If you want to stay in, just stay in. There is no shame in staying home on New Years.
- If you have a dog, make sure that you follow these safety tips from the RSPCA regarding dogs and fireworks – Caring for Pets During Firework Displays
- If you do go to a fireworks display and you have young kids with you, BYO glow sticks and zany torches. Because that guy will be there. The guy that sells things that sparkle and glow for $15 when you can get them at Kmart for $5. We have warned you.
Foot-loose and kid-free this NYE? Luck you! Rachel from Our Town Brisbane has some brilliant ideas for you: Brisbane’s Best New Years’ Parties