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New Years’ fun for kids
New Year's Eve celebrations should be fun for all ages but finding something to do that accommodates the kids can be taxing. Try these ideas.
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New Year in South Africa is celebrated with extreme fun and enjoyment.

It is one of the best places to plan for a perfect New Year celebration. New Years Eve celebrations are a big deal for everyone but sometimes one tends to over look the young ones.

They want to ring in the New Year in style just as much as the adults do.

These celebrations didn't happen over night, mind you. They go back a long way...

Origin of New Year
New Year is the world's most popularly celebrated festival. Origin of New Year dates back to the era of emperors. They thought of celebrating a special day which should mark the beginning and end of the year.

First New Year celebrations were noticed in Mesopotamia around 2000 years ago. It was celebrated at the time of Equinox in mid-March by the Egyptians, Persians and Phoenicians while Greeks celebrated it on winter solstice.

New Years Eve
The idea behind New Year's Eve celebration is to bid adieu to the year gone by and give a warm welcome to the coming year. As we all know, the popular way of celebrating New Year's Eve is to party until the moment of the transition of the year at midnight.

So what to do
When it comes to family-friendly options consider the following:

See in the New Year with a bang at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront at the ever popular New Year's Eve Bash.

With a programme of live music, street performers and other entertainers, this is one of the biggest New Year parties in the city. It always attracts thousands of visitors and is fun for the whole family.

On the stroke of midnight, a fireworks display lights up the picturesque Waterfront area which will in turn light up the eyes of your little ones.

Give 2012 a fitting send-off and welcome 2013 in spectacular style.

From: 31 December 2012  to 1 January 2013

Time: 19h00 – 02h00 (Fireworks at midnight)

Unique Attraction: Great live entertainment and fireworks

Location: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre

Booking Information: Free

Since we are talking Cape Town, why not extend your New Years Eve celebrations? The kids are guaranteed to appreciate it.

The Cape Town Minstrel Carnival is an event noted for its colourful parades. Entertainers in fancy dresses dance on the beats given by the marching bands.

This popular New Year Parade moves through the city streets on New Year's day entertaining people of various localities.

Beach it out

Cape Town's beaches provide a wonderful vantage point and are a favourite hangout when it comes to celebrating the New Year.

A lot of the time parents are not too concerned with the beaches during this time of year, but there is no need to dismiss the idea of sand and sea just yet. Police will be patrolling the beaches in full force early in the day.

Tents will be set up and there will be a demarcated perimeter, allowing you to keep a very close eye on the kids.

If that doesn't work for you, why not make your way down to the beach a little earlier than usual. Pack in a blanket and some goodies for the kids to enjoy and celebrate your New Year a little earlier than most.

This way, your kids can boast a bonfire (once you've obtained a permit of course) along the ocean and an abundant amount of space to do just about anything.

You on the other hand can boast some quality family time as well as a romantic beach sunset with your special someone.

Staying in?

If for some reason you decide to stay at your holiday spot this year with the kids, don't be despondent. An indoor New Year's Eve celebration can be just as much fun.

Decide on the type of party you want

A theme party: This is especially fun for the whole family and so much more so for the kids. To inspire the little ones and even the adults why not give prizes to the best dressed? Themes could range form casino to Disney characters, or even characters from their favourite movie. Just remember it has to be family friendly!


  • As the host house, your décor is very important for the party. Decorations always increase the vibe and excitement of the event. Don't forget to decorate your house according to the theme of the party.
  • It can also be adorned with New Year greetings, banners, bunches of flowers and streamers. By lighting up the outdoors and indoors of your house add extra sparkle to the celebrations.
  • A peculiar idea can be to blow balloons and fill your room with it. It is so much fun to pop them out on New Years.
Food, food and more food:
  • A great idea is to co ordinate your choice of food with the theme of the party. Include the kids when making little things like cakes by allowing them to decorate it. Preparing for the party should be as fun as the party itself.
  • Food is always one of the most crucial parts of the celebration. Everyone loves food. Set out the dinner table with a white cloth which symbolizes high spirits and creates a soothing party aura. Also, the decorations will stand out much better!
  • If possible, a buffet should be laid out and the menu should be planned according to the tastes and preferences of the guests and children. (This is why an RSVP on an invite is crucial.)

Have fun!
  • New Year parties should be accompanied with good music and songs. Play light tune music near the dining area to keep the party lively and cheerful.
  • Every one loves to dance so don't forget to allocate some space for a dance area. Dance competitions can be arranged amongst the kids.
  • New Year games are liked by elders (as much as they deny it) and most definitely by the kids too. New Year games peps up the guests and excites the whole celebration. Different types of games can be played - keep in mind the theme of your party.

Party favours:
  • New Year Party favours are a good idea. Different types of favours can be party poppers, tiaras, noise makers, hats, blowouts and serpentine for kids while parents and other guests can be given some utility item.
  • A great idea would be something handmade which you can make with the help of the kids.
Handmade gifts are always filled with lots of love. (And fun!)

Do you have any tips on for a great family New Year?

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