Do you remember playing ‘What Time is it Mr. Fox?’ in school as a kid? This activity reminds me of that game, only because once we start I hear, ‘What time is it now mom?,’ on repeat until all the balloons are popped. I’m not complaining, I’m delighted when they enjoy an activity I spent my time prepping for them!
The Balloon Pop Activity is the perfect countdown game to do on New Years Eve if you will be spending it at home with the kids. We’ve also done it to cure the winter blues on a random day in March, winter gets long here in Minnesota! We bring this activity back out in the summer too, when it’s too humid to leave the air conditioning, Minnesota summers can be as fun as Minnesota winters sometimes.
So, how does this activity work? On the outside of each balloon is a time, on the inside an activity. At the designated time, whoever you’ve selected as the next balloon popper, pops the balloon and reads the activity. The activities can be simple or complex. The anticipation of the pop is just as exciting as what’s inside! This is what will be inside each balloon at our house: build a fort, batting balloons contest, pick a game to play as a family, any kid who hasn’t received a prize gets one now, puzzle building contest, hot chocolate and popcorn break time, be the first in your pajamas and get to pick a book to be read by mom in the fort, scavenger hunt, and Netflix countdown.
Like I mentioned, you pick the times, so whenever I want my kids to put their pajamas on they will be popping that balloon. Maybe it’s 8:00 on the dot, maybe it’s 5:37. I try to make my times make sense for how I’d like the evening to flow. For example, I’m not going to have the balloon with ‘read a story in the fort’ scheduled to pop before the one that reads ‘build a fort’. I’m also going to keep all the treat eating balloons scheduled for earlier in the evening, to ensure my kids actually go to bed after the Netflix countdown.
I like for the final balloon to be the grand finale of the evening/event. For example, if I was doing this on the 4th of July the last balloon would read something like: go get ready for the big Fireworks display! It makes sense then, that the final balloon at a New Years Eve party with be: New Years Eve Countdown! At our house we watch the New Years Eve countdown on Netflix whenever my husband and I have decided the kids will be celebrating New Years, not at midnight with Ryan Seacrest. Sorry kids, I know you’ll be up at 7 (at the very latest) no matter what, and I’d rather not ring in the new year with cranky kids on New Years Day.
Other balloon activity ideas to put in your balloons: eat dinner, make an appetizer for the family, go ice skating/sledding, make new years resolutions and write them down, do some research: does everyone celebrate New Years Eve on December 31st?, have a snow ball fight, you can really put anything inside the balloons. Half the fun is just popping the balloon!
Here’s how to make the balloons:
1 – Write out activites on post it note sized paper and decide when each activity will take place.
2 – Roll up each piece of paper and slip them into the deflated balloons. Your standard party balloons will work best, water balloons will be too small.
3 – Blow up the balloons with the paper inside and tie them.
4 – Using a thicker pointed sharpie (not the ultra fine point style, they will pop your balloons prematurely), write the time that the balloon should be popped.
We love this activity at our house, like I mentioned, we do it multiple times a year. I have been waiting for the opportunity to do this at an adult party, perhaps a bachelorette party? Noon – go to the spa for mani’s and pedi’s anyone?
What are you all doing for New Years? Check back later in the week, I have some other ideas in the works for your kid friendly New Years Eve party.
Happy New Year!