13 New Year’s Eve Parties for Families in Chicago Area!

12/13/2016 8:37:49 AM
13 New Year’s Eve Parties for Families in Chicago Area! - KidTrail Pick
With 2017 soon approaching, there are several ways to get the kiddos involved in the celebration! Who says New Year's Eve is just for adults? There are many New Year’s Eve bashes specifically for the kiddos. Most of these events are during the day allowing for an early countdown to 2017!  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 New Year!

CHICAGO

Little Beans Café New Year’s Bash

What: Come ring in the new year at our Pre New Years Eve Party. We’ll have a DJ spinning, a balloon drop, mocktails, pizza and fun! Price includes pizza for kids and their adults. And of course, open play in the play space!

Date/Time: Chicago Location is Dec 31, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Evanston location is Dec 30, 2016 from 6 PM to 8 PM

Cost: $25 for one child, $15 for siblings

Location: 
Little Beans Cafe Chicago
1809 W. Webster Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60614

Little Beans Café Evanston
430 Asbury 
Evanston, IL 60202

Pump It Up Chicago

What:  Take the kiddos to a high energy New Year’s Eve party! Join us in ringing in the new year with our New Years Eve Event. Enjoy 2.5 hours of play in Arenas A and B, including: pizza, drinks, a sparkling beverage, countdown to balloon drop and party favor. 

Date/Time: Dec 30 from 5:30 to 8 PM, Dec 31 from 9 to 11:30 AM, 12:15 to 2:45 PM or 3:30 to 6 PM.

Cost: Cost is $10/person (Every child and adult must be added as a bouncer). Online reservations strongly recommended. Online purchases are non-refundable and non-transferable. Sorry, punch cards may not be used for this event.

Age: Toddlers and Older

Location:
Pump It Up Chicago
821 W. Eastman St.
Chicago, IL 60642
312-664-7867

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – Noon NYE Party

What: Join us for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. 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 and a visit from this year’s “Nature Museum Party Animal.

Date/Time: Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 11 AM - 1 PM

Cost: Adults: $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Children: $10 for ages 2-18. Children under 2 are free but must register. Additional $5 per ticket if purchased at the door. Lunch is included in the ticket price.

Age: Activities are appropriate for kids age 2-10.

Location:
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! Make a crown starting at 10:30. The dance party will start at 11:30. The count-down and confetti drop will happen at high noon!

When: Saturday, December 31, 2016

Time: 10:30 AM to 12:15 PM

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

Age: 2 and up

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

Chi-Town Rising: Family Countdown

What: In collaboration with the Chicago Cultural Mile Association, Chi-Town Rising invites families to ring in 2016 in Wrigley Square at Millennium Park on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31! Beginning at 3 p.m., the event will culminate in the “Kids Countdown Spectacular” at 6 p.m. Admission to the Chi-Town Rising’s Family Countdown Celebration is free.

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.

Date/Time: Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 3 PM to 6 PM

Cost: FREE

Age: 3 and Up

Location:
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 2017 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.

Date/Time: Saturday, December 31, 2016. Board at 11 AM. Cruise 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Cost: $59.90 per adult. $44.95 per child age 3 – 12. Under 3 Free.

Age: All Ages

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

Kid City 3rd Annual 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 Years's Eve High Noon countdown! We are bringing out the bubble machine, noisemakers, and hot chocolate bar!  We will also be decorating New  Year's Eve hats to wear while ringing in 2017 with an apple cider toast.  Pizza will also be served. Space is limited, advance purchase is highly recommended.

Date/Time: Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 10 AM to 1 PM.

Cost: $25 for one child and one adult. Sibling is $15. Additional adult is $6. Current members save 20%.

Age: Toddlers to age 8

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

SUBURBS

Itty Bitty New Year at Skokie Exploratorium

What: The Oakton Community Center and the Exploritorium are transformed into a miniature Times Square, complete with a DJ and a “countdown to noon” balloon drop.

Date/Time: Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 10 AM to Noon.

Cost: Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

Location:
Skokie Exploratorium
Area: North Suburbs
4701 Oakton St.
Skokie, IL 60076
847-674-1500

LegoLand Discovery Center NYE Bash

What: Ring in 2017 with bricktacular balloon drops, music and games 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! - A LEGO pirate, Jungle Expedition, Kingdom Quest Laser Ride and LEGO 4D Cinema.

Date.Time: Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 12 PM, 3 PM and 6 PM

Location:
LegoLand Discovery Center
Area: Northwest Suburbs
Streets of Woodfield
601 N. Martingale Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Kohl’s Children’s Museum NYE Bash

What: We’re transforming an entire wing of Kohl Children's Museum into a giant Times Square-style party! Enjoy a children's concert with Wendy Morgan & DB, DJ and dance party, hat making and horns, family photos, free hair styling from KidSnips, and a Times Square-style confetti drop! 

Date/Time: Saturday, December 31 at 8:30 AM - 11 AM or 12:30 PM to 3 PM

Age: Toddlers, Preschool and Elementary

Cost: Tickets are $32 per person; $22 for members. $5 early bird discount for tickets purchased before December 24.
 
Location:
Kohl’s Children’s Museum
Area: North Suburbs
2100 Patriot Blvd
Glenview, IL 60026

Zoo Year’s Eve at Brookfield Zoo

What: Rock in the Zoo Year 2017 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: Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 8 PM

Age: All Ages

Cost: This event is free with paid zoo admission.

Location:
Brookfield Zoo
Area: West Suburbs
8400 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513

Bubble Bash 2016: Under the Sea at DuPage Children’s Museum

What: Ahoy! Gather your guppies and look below the shore – there’s an entire world to explore! Fish kites, sand painting, turtle shell weaving, and more. Dive into an Under The Sea voyage by walking through our big red door. Bubble Bash is an important fundraiser for the Museum. It is THE place for families to ring in the New Year. This annual year-end celebration, now in its 15th year, has become a holiday tradition for families to celebrate together at DuPage Children’s Museum.
 
Date/Time: Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 9 AM to Noon

Cost: $20 Member Ticket, $25 Nonmember Ticket

Location:
DuPage Children’s Museum
Area: West Suburbs
301 N. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540

New Year’s Eve at Wonder Works Children’s Museum

What: Wonder Works is ringing in the New Year with the largest kid’s party in Oak Park. Families will party all day with great kid’s games, entertaining crafts, a family parade, singing, food and general merriment.

Date/Time: Saturday, December 31, 2016 from Noon to 5pm

Cost: $2 a person plus general admission to the museum. Regular Admission is $7 per person, child or adult.

Location:
Wonder Works
Area: South Suburbs
6445 West North Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
708-383-4815

Photo Credit: DuPage Children's Museum

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