New Year's Eve for Kids - Family Friendly Celebrations

Posted: December 16, 2013

There are lots of family friendly New Year's Eve events taking place to help your little ones ring in the new year. Here are some of our top picks, and you can find more family friendly New Year's Eve celebrations in our Calendar of Events.

"Build it Big” Bubble Bash 2013
DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville
Three floors of bubble fun will provide activity and discovery around every turn, and this year's headliner is Mr. Singer and the Sharp Cookies! Guests will pop their way down a bubble wrap red carpet of bubble wrap, and activities include water balloon painting, catching gas-filled “boo bubbles,” constructing big bridges, and blowing bubble chains of gigantic proportions. All ages. 9am - noon. Members $25, Nonmembers $30. Learn more

Zoo Year's Eve
Brookfield Zoo, First Avenue and 31st Street, Brookfield
Rock in the "Zoo Year 2014" with your friends at Brookfield Zoo. Entertainment includes live DJ music, games, Those Funny Little People, noisemaker craft, party favors, prizes and an early countdown at 8:00 p.m. All ages. 5-8pm. Included with paid zoo admission. Learn more

Itty Bitty New Year
Exploritorium, 4701 Oakton Street, Skokie
The Oakton Community Center and the Exploritorium are transformed into a miniature Times Square, complete with a DJ and a balloon drop. The fun includes balloon artists, family entertainment, crafts, Exploritorium play, games, prizes and a balloon drop at 12:00 Noon. All ages. 10:00am - 12:00pm. $10-12 / adults $1. Learn more

First Night Evanston
Various venues
First Night Evanston is a cultural event the whole family can enjoy. Music, dancing, magic, a poetry slam and art-making for all ages—there's something for everybody, and entertainment includes kids musician Joel Frankel, the Storybook Mom, Cowgirl College, Tony the Balloon Man, Puppet Making, Nadeau's ice sculpting and more. All ages. From $15. Learn more

5th Anniversary New Year's Eve Bash
Party Time Palace, 723 W. Golf Road, Des Plaines
Bring in the New Year with over 20,000 square feet of non-stop fun, including inflatables, miniature golf, arcade games and laser tag. The festivities begin at 4:00 pm and include unlimited attr action wristbands, 20 arcade/redemption tokens, a renowned magician, karaoke, a chance to win a $500 party and more. All ages, $24.99 ($29.99 at the door). Adults accompanying paid child guests are FREE! Learn more

New Year's Eve Celebration
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago, 601 N. Martingale Rd., Schaumburg
Join in the fun and help us build our first-ever LEGO Wish Board - a bright and colorful LEGO mosaic, which will be displayed at the Center throughout all of 2014. Plus Put your brick-building skills to the test with our creative build challenges and search for hidden "2014" LEGO models in our center wide scavenger hunt. All ages. Book time slots online. Before 3pm $15+tax, after 3pm $12+tax, 2 and under free. Learn more

New Year's Eve Family Party
Enchanted Castle, 1103 S. Main St., Lombard
This family celebration includes a vast dinner buffet, a New Year's Even Countdown, and a toast and balloon drop with party favors, games and prizes. The party also includes unlimited use of attractions including Go-Karts, Laser Tag, "Joust-A-Bout" Bumper Cars, Catapult Ride, Lazer Frenzy & Sir Bounce's Kingdom of Inflatables, plus $5 in Game Tokens. All ages. Two Reserved Seatings - 3-7pm or 8-12am. $24.95/person+tax, children under 2 eat free but does not include attractions or tokens. Learn more

New Year's Eve Family Party
Haunted Trails, 7759 S. Harlem, Burbank
This family celebration includes a vast dinner buffet, a New Year's Even Countdown, and a toast and balloon drop, stage games and prizes, New Year's Eve hats and noisemakers. Plus $10 in game tokens (40)! Two reserved seatings: 4-7pm or 9pm-midnight. $19.95/Guest plus tax. Kids 2 and under eat free but does not include attractions or tokens. Learn more