When I was little, we always spent New Years Eve as a family (often grandparents included!). For my husband who grew up in South America, New Years Eve is a big celebration, and one that is always spent with your family. Growing up, he was taught that you can miss Christmas if you must … but you’d better be there for New Years Eve! Now that we have a daughter of our own, we have continued the tradition of a Family (and close friends!) New Years Eve. For those of you looking for family-friendly NYE options this year, I’ve gathered some ideas here: a listing of family-friendly Victoria NYE events being held around town, and ideas for throwing your own NYE party with family and friends at home!
Local Family-Friendly NYE Events:
Panorama’s 11th Annual First Night NYE Celebration
December 31st, 4:45-9:00pm at Panorama Recreation
Panorama’s First Night is a wonderful family-friendly event that includes swimming, skating, inflatable obstacle course, face painting, laser tag and giant human hamster balls, indoor skateboarding and scootering, arts and crafts, movie and popcorn, magic show … and fireworks to finish off the evening! We went last year, and our toddler loved it.
Spirit of 150 Victoria – First Night
December 31st, 5:00-9:30pm in the Inner Harbour
First Night in the Inner Harbour will be the kick-off for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in 2017! This family-friendly event will include festive lighting displays, live performances, local food vendors, and spectacular fireworks.
Early Shift: Going away party for Mammoths
December 31st, 6:00-9:00pm at the Royal BC Museum
This is a family-friendly event in celebration of the last day of the mammoth exhibit at the museum. The evening will include food, games, art making, improv theater, a dance party, and fireworks across the street as part of Victoria’s First Night celebration!
8th Annual Family NYE Party at Eagle Ridge Centre
December 31st, 7:30-10:30pm at Eagle Ridge Centre
This family-friendly event includes crafts, face painting, skating, mini golf, play zone, and much more.
New Years Eve Family Party at Mount Washington
December 31st, 6:30-9:00pm at Mount Washington
If you’re looking for a NYE family get-away, Mount Washington is hosting a NYE Family Party! Held in the Alpine Lodge, this annual event includes a dinner buffet, strolling balloon twisting session, magic show, and 9pm countdown and fireworks.
Ideas for an at-home family NYE:
If you’re not into venturing out for NYE this year, celebrating at home with family and friends can be a lot of fun! Here are some activities to try:
NYE Countdown Bags (by Disney Family)
Countdown bags are a fun way to plan your evening. Each bag is labelled with a specific time, and when opened, contains information about the next family activity! You can include any activities that your family would enjoy: board games, crafts, movie, baking, etc. This variation (by Craftibilities) uses balloons, and has some fun ideas for kid-friendly activities.
NYE Ball Game (by Sparkly Polliwog)
This is a fun game that all ages can enjoy! Create a huge ball of wrapping paper and prizes, built layer upon layer. One person begins unwrapping, while the person to their left rolls the dice. When a 6 is rolled, the ‘ball’ and dice are passed along. Any prizes that you unwrap during your turn are yours to keep!
NYE Bingo Printable (by Blooming Homestead)
A fun Bingo printable – perhaps one of the activities for your countdown bags!
Countdown Cupcakes (by Somewhat Simple)
This is a cute dessert idea for a NYE party. I love the little Oreo Cookie countdown clocks!
Time Capsule Questionnaire for Kids (by Pretty Providence)
This is a fun NYE tradition that you can start this year. Print off the time capsule questionnaire on Pretty Providence’s site, and have your kids fill out the questions. Store it in a time capsule with your Christmas decorations to be opened up and read next NYE!
Or … give our family tradition a try! To capture some of the hilarious things our toddler says, we’ve started a Memory Jar. I cut up a bunch of slips of paper, and made a little pocket on the outside of a jar. My husband and I try to record as many of our little one’s sweet or funny comments as we can. On New Years Eve we open the jar and read the comments together. Best night of the year! I then glue all of the slips of paper into an album so we can look back on the years. It’s a tradition we started a few years ago, and it has been wonderful. Start your jar now, and next NYE you can enjoy a walk down memory lane!
If you have any other family-friendly NYE ideas, I would love to hear from you!