New Year’s Eve changes significantly when you have children. Whilst they are young it’s difficult to go out celebrating late unless you have babysitters. There are ways to celebrate with the children by creating your own family friendly New Year’s Eve.

Family friendly new year's eve

Family Friendly New Year’s Eve

Have an early New Year’s celebration

Why wait until midnight? Instead celebrate alongside another country with the children, as they move into the New Year. Samoa is one of the first places, turning to midnight at 10am London time. With Australia, New Zealand, China and India all moving into the New Year across the day.

Legoland do this at their resort by celebrating New Year’s at Kid Standard Time (KST). They put on a firework display at 9.30pm GMT especially for families.

Play a Netflix New Year’s Eve Countdown film

In December Netflix release a number of animated movies which countdown to midnight. Simply search ‘countdown’ or ‘New Year’s Eve countdown’ to find the latest releases.

If your still feeling Christmassy you could alternatively watch a Christmas film on one of the streaming channels article here..

Attend a family friendly New Year’s Eve Party

Across the country more and more places are putting on family New Year’s Eve parties.

They are sometimes run in the middle of the day or earlier in the night and include meals, entertainment, music and fun.

Some examples of family friendly parties are both. Look up hotels in your local area for closer options.

Cardiff Cantref Centre in South Wales runs a party for families.

Casey’s Venue Telford kick off their family friendly party at 6pm.

Chessington World of Adventure run their own party including a meal and entertainment.

Take the family to a New Years Day parade

Rather than take the children out on the 31st December save your celebrations for January 1st.

In London there is the annual New Year’s Day parade. Starting in Piccadilly from midday and ending at 3.30pm in Parliament Street.

Hopefully these have given you some ideas to enjoy with your family. Happy New Year to you all.

We all seem to have access to one or more streaming platforms these days. With the amount of choice out there, it can be a nightmare working out what to watch with the children. There is nothing better though than sitting down with the family and watching a Christmas film.

Across Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV here are the best family friendly Christmas films available in the UK.

Family Christmas Films

Netflix

Arthur Christmas – Animated film about the son of Santa who goes out of his way to deliver a missing gift.

Nativity – A funny film about a teacher directing the school Nativity at St Bernadette’s.

Miracle on 34th Street – A classic favourite about a little girl learning to believe in Santa Clause.

Santa Claws – Cats have to take over from a sick Santa and rescue Christmas.

Love Actually (coming Dec 14th) – A film that brings together eight separate stories about love in the run up to Christmas.

Amazon Prime

Elf – A human orphan baby is raised by Santa’s elves. The film focuses on Elf as an adult searching for where he belongs in New York. One of the funniest Christmas movies.

Nativity 3 (Where’s My Donkey) – Third in the Nativity series, back again for a big adventure including flash mobs, elves and carols.

Now TV

Disney A Christmas Carol – Animated adaption of a Christmas classic by Charles Dickens’

The Nightmare Before Christmas – Misadventure of a character Jack Skellington, who discovers Christmastown.

The Grinch – Dr. Seuss’ hit story of the creature ‘The Grinch’.

The Polar Express – Animated story of a boy who doesn’t believe in Santa, until a train conductor takes him on a journey to the North Pole.

Frozen – Not strictly a Christmas film but contains lots of ice so perfect for this time of year.

If you are looking for something to watch without the kids, see my post of top Netlfix shows for mums.

*Films were available on the above platforms at time of publishing.

Rhyming with Wine

 

During the first few month’s of your baby’s life you will spend an awful lot of time feeding your child. Now whilst it’s lovely to sit and stare at your baby for a while and take in the moment, eventually you will want and need something else to keep you occupied. This is when Netflix can become your best friend.

Netflix is brilliant for this as you can dip in and out when you can. There is a lot of choice on there for mum’s.

 

My Mum Netflix Top 10

  1. Orange Is The New Black – A comedy, drama series about a women minimum security prison in Danbury, United States. The plot follows the life of the women whilst in prison, and reflects back on how they got there. One to watch when your child is still young enough to not understand the plot (if they are in the room) as contains a fair bit of nudity and bad language.
  2. Mad Men – An american drama about an advertising agency mainly set in the 60s. The plot concentrates on one main character Don Draper, but also follows a number of other employes of the agency. Slick and fun, a great one to watch but a commitment as there are seven seasons to get through.
  3. Gilmore Girls – The story of a single mum and her daughter. The pair is both witty and smart, and very ambitious. As it’s a mix of comedy and drama, this is an easy watch.
  4. The Crown – A biographical story of Queen Elizabeth II. Excellent acting and amazing costumes, this one will take you right back to the 50s and 60s when our Queen married Philip.
  5. The OA – An American mystery drama series, which has an element of supernatural. The series is based on the story of a woman called Prairie, who reappears after going missing for seven years. Strange at times but actually quiet compelling viewing. An easy one to get into as there is only eight episodes to get through.
  6.  Chewing Gum – A British sitcom about a 24-year-old girl named Tracey who lives in London. She works at a small newsagent, and lives with her mum and sister. Silly at times but very funny, another easy watch.
  7. The Good Wife – This series focuses on the life of a woman called Alicia. She returns to law after being a stay at home mum, when her husband is involved in a scandal. Another one which requires some commitment as it ran for seven seasons, but worth it as its witty and has plenty of twists.
  8. Making A Murder – A documentary set in the states, which has become a cult hit. Filmed over ten years, the documentary follows the life of Steven Avery. He served time in prison for a crime he may or may not have committed, which the documentary explores.
  9. Black Mirror – Black Mirror is an interesting one, as it’s a British science fiction show. Each episode stands alone and explores issues in modern life. Strangely compelling.
  10. Glow – Based in the 1980s it looks at a women’s syndicate wrestling circuit, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wresting. Episodes are only 30 minutes so easier to squeeze in. Funny, smart and topped with glitter.