After a loooong year, your pack deserves a night of family party fun!
With no big New Year’s Eve celebrations planned this year, there’s plenty of time to prepare something special at home. A glow-in-the-dark PJ dance party is just what the kids need in lieu of a sleepover with friends. It’s also a great way to make sure they burn off the last of their energy before bedtime!
Check out the activities listed below. Incorporate your favorites into your New Year’s Eve bash. Or do all eight during the party. No matter how many you get through, you’re in for a good time!
Glow-In-The-Dark NYE PJ Dance Party
Remember, with everyone at home right now, dancing and PJs are both having a major moment. Here are some great ideas to combine the two and have a blast jammin’ out in your jammies.
1. Light Up Dance Floor
Now that the sun’s down, it’s time to get the PJ party glowing. Start by assembling a little decor. Simply blow up balloons, insert glow sticks and use them to light up the dance floor.
2. Light Up PJs
Once everyone’s in their PJs simply tape on glow sticks to your arms, legs, head and body. Turn out the lights and dance! Capture your moves in a video, upload it to TikTok or Instagram and tag us, superstar! Check out the video below to see Wiley jamming out on his own.
3. Glowin’ Tic Tac Toe
Now it’s time to play Glowin’ Tic Tac Toe!
- Glow Sticks
- Clear Tape (optional)
Step 1: Use your glow sticks to create a 3×3 grid. You can do this by placing two glow parallel vertically, side by side, and crossing them with two more. In total, you should be left with 9 squares. If you want, you can secure your grid using clear tape.
Step 2: Let each player choose their color. Use connectors to turn your glow sticks into circles. If you have more than two players, divide the room up into teams.
Step 3: Begin your game!
4. Color Your Own Party Hat
Need a little break after all that dancing? Print out our template and color your own party hat to ring in the New Year!
5. The Best of 2020 Playlist
For this year’s family New Year’s party, turn up this 2020 playlist with a kid-friendly collection of the best PG songs from 2020.
6. Glow-in-the-Dark Cotton Candy
End the night with a sweet glow-in-the-dark treat. All you need to do is wrap cotton candy around glow sticks. Or if you want to take your treats to the next level, you can purchase LED Cotton Candy Cones. While the family enjoys, have everyone listen to a bedtime story, a nightly tradition for us at Great Wolf Lodge.
7. Glow-in-the-Dark Cocktails (or Mocktails!)
Wind down from all the excitement with a drink. Or, if you’re under 21, with a mocktail instead! Check out the video below for some Great Wolf Lodge original recipes. You can use our printable templates to follow along. Don’t forget to purchase these Light Up Martini Glasses beforehand to make them glow in the dark!
8. Glow-in-the-Dark NYE Balloon Drop!
The anticipation of ringing in the New Year always makes it exciting. No matter what time you decide to ring in the New Year with the family *wink* this balloon drop is especially fun for the kids and only takes a few minutes to make.
- Colored Masking Tape
- 2 Yards Lightweight Fabric
- Colored Balloons
- Balloon Pump
Step 1: Cut your fabric into two pieces. We suggest using 45″ and 90″ measurements, but you can adjust based on your living space.
Step 2: Spread both pieces of fabric out on a flat surface and connect using masking tape, leaving enough slack at the end to create a tail. Double back to the fabric to cover the sticky side. This is what the kids will pull during the balloon drop.
Step 3: Using masking tape and a step stool, connect all four corners of your fabric to the ceiling. Let the fabric hang down a bit, that way, you’ll have enough room to add the balloons.
Step 4: Start filling up your balloons and confetti. This can get a little messy, so make sure to have a vacuum handy!
Step 5: Place the balloons in the basket of fabric. Wait until midnight and release!
We hope you had a blast putting together these glow-in-the-dark party ideas! Don’t forget to check back in with us again after the New Year. Each week, we’re bringing readers new and original ideas on how to have fun at home. Visit our blog to see what’s next!