Many of us adults have attended New Year’s parties where there were balloon drops. At many of these balloon drops the balloons had prizes, money, or other items inside that you could have if you popped the balloon. Don’t you think that children would love having their own version of the balloon drop game? Well there are ways to do that without having them go to a bar, which they obviously can’t do. Have a balloon drop at home with the same level of excitement. Here is a way to include children in that game.
Part of how you run the game depends on the age of the children involved. Are they old enough to stay up to midnight? If so then the party will be easy to plan. Just have a party for either children only or adults and children. Have the children in their own room for the balloon drop so they are the only ones that can pop their special balloons. If the children are too young to stay up until midnight either have the party earlier in the evening on New Year’s Eve, or have it during the day before all the adults go out to their own party.
So, now that you know when to have the balloon drop for children, how do you do it? Well get a pack of balloons. Before blowing up each balloon enter a piece of paper with a number or letter on it. Then blow the balloon up. Inside each balloon with be a paper with a number on it after it has been inflated. Make sure you have at least the same number of balloons as children, or more balloons. Use some mesh netting attached to the ceiling of the room to hold the balloons. At the time of the drop, tear open the mesh so the balloons fall to the children below. Let them all know they are able to collect a certain number of balloons.
My suggestion would to have small and larger prizes. Have the large prizes with letters on them. Have the prizes set aside in another room with it labeled for each letter. Instruct each child they can only have one piece of paper with a letter on it when leaving the room. Let them know they can have multiple numbered pieces of paper though. Have the numbered pieces of paper each equal to a certain denomination of money. So a one is fifty cents, a two is a dollar, and a three is two dollars. Do not tell the children what these numbers represent until each has their pieces of paper. Then award the prizes.
You can adjust this for house rules however you wish. Maybe you want to use black balloons for big prizes and dark green for small prizes. Instead of having the children pop them immediately, have them pop the balloon in front of the adults running the game and get the prize right then. This way you can still set limits and nobody will know what they get until they receive it. This will eliminate the “bullying factor”.
However you choose to run the game, it’s a good way to let the younger children celebrate in a New Year’s balloon drop game.