Kid Friendly New Year's Eve in Chicago and Suburbs

12/21/2015 12:00:51 PM
Kid Friendly New Year's Eve in Chicago and Suburbs - KidTrail Pick
Who says New Year's Eve is just for adults? Get the kiddos excited about the New Year by attending one of these kid friendly New Year’s Eve bashes.  Most of these events are during the day allowing for an early countdown to 2016!  Whether you are looking for an event in the City or the Suburbs, there is something here for everyone. Enjoy some arts and crafts, dancing, yummy treats and of course an early countdown!  Enjoy and Happy Year!

Pump It Up Chicago

What:  Take the kiddos to a high energy New Year’s Eve party! Join Pump It Up in ringing in the New Year! Enjoy 2.5 hours of play including: pizza, drinks, a sparkling beverage, countdown to balloon drop and party favor.

When: Wed, Dec 30 and Thursday, Dec 31

Time: 5:30 – 8 PM on Wed, Dec 31.  Three time slots on Thurs, Dec 31: 9 AM to 11:30 AM, 12:15 to 2:45 PM or 3:30 to 6 PM.

Cost: Price is $10/person until December 30th when it becomes $13/person (every child and adult must be added as a bouncer). Online reservations are strongly recommended. Online purchases are non-refundable and non-transferable. Sorry, punch cards may not be used for this event.

Age: Toddlers and Older

Pump It Up Chicago
821 W. Eastman St.
Chicago, IL 60642

Easel Art Studio: Noon NYE Party

What: Need some time to shop or run last minute errands before your NYE party? Drop the kids off for our NOON YEARS EVE PARTY!! Kids of all ages are welcome for an afternoon of crafting, freeze dancing and fun! Parents are welcome to join as we drop the balloons at 12 pm! Entertainment by Sarah Jayne Layne and extraordinary face painting provided by Megan Raysby. Crafts, entertainment, lunch, and a Polaroid photo booth all included!

When: Thursday, December 31, 2015

Time: 11 AM to 1 PM

Cost: $40 per child. $30 for siblings.

Age: 4 and up

Easel Art Studio
1911 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – Noon NYE Party

What: Join us for a family-friendly celebration of New Year’s Eve. Create your own eco-friendly party favors, play games, rock out at our dance party and ring in the “Noon Year” with an apple juice toast. Lunch will be served. Fun for everyone! 

When: Thursday, December 31, 2015

Time: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Cost: Register in advance: $15/member adult, $20/non-member adult, $10/child ages 3 and up, free/child ages 2 and under. Additional $5 for each ticket at the door.

Age: 2 and up

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL 606014
Area: Lincoln Park

Chicago Children’s Museum – Noon NYE Party

What: Why should adults have all the fun on New Year's Eve? Join Chicago Children's Museum for its annual Noon Year's Eve festivities! We'll have noise makers, confetti and a special countdown. Stop by starting at 11am to make your own personalized crown!

When: Thursday, December 31, 2015

Time: 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Cost: Included with General Admission Ticket to Children’s Museum

Age: 2 and up

Chicago Children’s Museum
700 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Area: Navy Pier

Chi-Town Rising: Family Countdown

What: This year, Chicago gets its own free New Year's Eve celebration called Chi-Town Rising, similar to the NYE Party in Time’s Square NYC!  Chi-Town Rising is a new tradition for celebrating New Year’s in Chicago, featuring a lineup of great celebrity and musical guests, an epic countdown featuring a gigantic Chicago Star rising into the night sky, and a dazzling fireworks display at Midnight.

But, don’t sweat, they have also made it a family affair with a separate NYE celebration. In collaboration with the Chicago Cultural Mile Association, Chi-Town Rising invites families to ring in 2016 in Wrigley Square at Millennium Park. Drawing from the theme “Around the World for New Year’s Eve,” revelers in Wrigley Square at Millennium Park can visit activity stations that feature New Year’s customs from countries around the world including China, Thailand, Denmark, Colombia, Lithuania. Egypt, Scotland, Japan and Italy. Additionally, the Park Grill at Millennium Park has sponsored live entertainment featuring Kids’ Karaoke with Bizar Entertainment from 3pm to 5pm, followed by an interactive performance by WTTW’s Dr. Cool & Pride: The Big Show from 5pm to 6pm. The performance will build to the grand finale at 6pm – the Official Kids’ Countdown Spectacular! Party goers can also enjoy free hot chocolate and coffee, sponsored by Remington’s.

When: Thursday, December 31, 2015

Time: 3:00 – 6 PM

Cost: FREE

Age: 3 and Up

Millennium Park
Wrigley Square

New Year’s Eve Family Lunch Cruise

What: Spirit of Chicago's fun and festive New Year's Eve Lunch Cruise is the perfect way to welcome the arrival of 2016 with the entire family! This cruise features a countdown to noon, a lunch buffet with holiday favorites, a complimentary glass of champagne for adults 21 and over and endless Chicago skyline views gracing every window. Plus, we'll provide everyone with party hats and noise makers.

When: Thursday, December 31, 2015

Time: Board at 11 AM. Cruise 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Cost: $49.90 per adult. $29.95 per child age 3 – 12.

Age: All Ages

Spirit of Chicago
Departs from Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Kid City New Year’s Eve Party

What: Kid City, Chicago’s indoor play space will be hosting their annual kiddo New Year’s bash. Join us for a New Year's Eve High Noon Countdown!   This year we are bringing out the bubble machine, noisemakers, party favors, and hot chocolate bar!  We will also be crafting New Year's Eve hats to wear while ringing in the New Year with an apple cider toast.  Pizza will also be served.

When: Thursday, December 31, 2015

Time: 10 AM to 1 PM.  Countdown at Noon.

Cost: $25 for one child and one adult. Sibling is $15. Additional adult is $5. Tickets at the door will be $10 more than tickets in advance. Current members and play pass card holders save 20% with code current2015.

Age: Toddlers to age 8

Kid City
1837 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

LegoLand Discovery Center NYE Bash

What: Out with the old and in with the new! Join us in the Center for a kid-friendly New Year’s Celebration, Dec. 31st! Ring in 2016 with bricktacular balloon drops on New Year's Eve at 12pm, 3pm and 6pm!  Guests can also enjoy the Center’s nine attractions, including: The New Pirate Adventure Island, Jungle Expedition, Kingdom Quest Laser Ride and LEGO 4D Cinema.

When: Thursday, December 31, 2015

Time: Ring in 2016 with bricktacular balloon drops on New Year's Eve at 12pm, 3pm and 6pm!

Cost: Tickets start at $13.50 plus tax

LegoLand Discovery Center
Streets of Woodfield
601 N. Martingale Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Kohl’s Children’s Museum NYE Bash

What: We're doubling the fun with two New Year's celebrations as we transform an entire wing of the Museum into a giant Times Square style party with the biggest confetti drop you've ever seen! 

- Children's concert with Joel   Frankel(morning session only)

- DJ and dance party (afternoon session only)

- Free kids' party hairstyling from Kidsnips!

- Party hat making and horns

- Free family photos and photo frame decorating to remember the day

- Times Square-style confetti drop!

When: Thursday, December 31, 2015

Time: 8:30 to 11 AM (Morning Session) OR 12:30 to 3 PM (Afternoon Session)

Age: Toddlers, Preschool and Elementary

Cost: Tickets are $32 per person for non-members and $22 for members. Early bird pricing of $17 for members and $27 for non-members is available until December 24! Tickets are required for adults and children over 12 months of age at each session. Please note that New Year's Eve Bash tickets are non-refundable.

Kohl’s Children’s Museum
2100 Patriot Blvd
Glenview, IL 60026

Zoo Year’s Eve at Brookfield Zoo

What: Rock in the Zoo Year 2016 with your friends at Brookfield Zoo! In the Holly Jolly Theater there will be live DJ music, games, party favors, prizes and an early countdown at 8:00 p.m. Also at the Hamill Family Play Zoo you can make your own noisemaker and enjoy an early kid-friendly countdown at 8:00 p.m. This area is perfect for families with children ages 6 and under.

When: Thursday, December 31, 2015

Time: Early countdown is at 8 PM

Age: All Ages

Cost: This event is free with paid zoo admission.

Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513

Bubble Bash 2015 at DuPage Children’s Museum

What: Join DuPage Children’s Museum for an “Out of this World” New Year’s Eve! Spend quality family time together on an intergalactic adventure full of moon sand, slime, rockets, jet packs, live music by the BOOGERS, a countdown to noon, and more. Award-winning musicians, The Boogers, will rock and roll in the New Year with original hits as well as classic children’s songs with a twist. Incorporating elements of punk rock, this band will have toes tapping, hands shaking, and children and adults dancing to the beat.

When: Thursday, December 31, 2015

Time: 9 AM to Noon

Age: All Ages

Cost: $20 Members (per person) | $25 Non-members (per person)

DuPage Children’s Museum
301 N. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540



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