New Year’s Party Tips: Helping Older Teens Stay Safe
New Year’s Eve Alternatives for Teens
New Year’s Eve isn’t just an adult celebrated holiday anymore and older teens are always looking for fun ways to get into the spirit of the season too. However, finding the ideal fun activity that can keep your teen safe and away from alcohol can often prove challenging, especially on New Year’s Eve. The following are some cool party ideas for teens.
Museums and Local Venues
There are a number of museums and local venues that hold holiday parties for teens. Check with your nearest visitor’s bureau and the restaurants in the community for a list of holiday celebrations and special events. You can gather a group of their closest friends and chaperone the event and ring in the New Year together. If you’re hosting the celebration at a favorite restaurant, select the menu ahead of time with the help of your teenager and choose an array of their favorite foods. Opt for fruit smoothies and decadent shakes or malts instead of ordinary soda drinks.
Start the year off with a bang and take a group of teens to your local fireworks display. If you live in a warmer climate, pack a picnic basket full of food, set out blankets and host your party at the beach or park. Make it a family event and include family and adults of all ages in the festivities.
Organized activities such as ice skating, roller skating and bowling are fun ways for your older teen to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Safer venues also make it more difficult for teens to go in and out of the party and prevent them from getting into trouble and drinking. Amusement parks are also a great option for your older teens during the holidays. Theme parks are typically open until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, and they have a host of activities in addition to the rides, food and entertainment. Be sure to provide safe transportation both ways, to stop any chances of driving under the influence.
Host a Home Party
The easiest way to ensure the safety of your older teen is to have them host a New Year’s Party at home. Movies, great food and music are the perfect combination for a fun-filled night. Let your teen help plan the party and have a say on the food, decorations and entertainment. Some great ideas include make your own pizzas, appetizers and a chocolate fountain to cap off the evening. Go over the rules ahead of time so your teen knows the boundaries. Help your teen understand the legal consequences of underage drinking and driving.
The legal age of alcohol consumption in the United States is 21 years of age. If teenagers disobey the law, you will be told they could face possible jail time, the loss of their driver’s license and have to take drug and alcohol related courses. Over 12 percent of traffic related accidents are alcohol related and over 40 percent of those are caused by teenagers that drink and drive. In addition to legal problems, teenagers that consume alcohol could face a host of behavioral and health related issues.
There are a number of fun and safe activities for older teenagers to participate in on New Year’s Eve without alcohol. Be a responsible parent by setting down the ground rules and taking an active role in helping your teen to make the right choices by ensuring they have a safe and exciting New Year’s.
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