New Year’s Eve doesn’t quite feel the same now that you’ve got a flock of kids in tow. But, great news! You can have it all—both the family fun and your champagne-soaked adult fun—at these daytime kids events that leave plenty of time for your grown-up parties that night. Chicago’s best children’s museums and indoor playgrounds are throwing down for New Year’s Eve, with fun events that’ll tucker the little ones right out.
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New Year's Eve parties for kids
Music and an apple juice toast are some of what you'll find at this kid-friendly event, not to mention create-your-own eco-friendly party favors and a dance party. You can count down to 12 (noon) with the family and have some grown-up fun without the kids in the evening.
Kohl Children's Museum transforms a wing of the museum into a kid-friendly New Year's Eve extravaganza each year. Complete with a DJ and dance party, party hats and horns, family photos, free hair styling from KidSnips and a gigantic, Times Square-style ball drop, you might have a hard time finding your little ones underneath all the confetti.
Spend New Year's Eve morning celebrating the out-of-this-world event at the DuPage Children’s Museum. Kids can adventure to the moon, play with sand and slime, and rock out to the tunes of award-winning kid rockers, The Boogers. And this NYE day event wouldn’t be complete without a countdown until 12—noon that is.
Bounce into 2017 at Pump It Up's New Year's Eve party series. Over December 30 and 31, the Chicago kid favorite will host year-end bounce sessions that include pizza, drinks, full range of both bouncing arenas, a countdown to a balloon drop and gifts at the end of the party.
If the hoopla of Dec 31 and Jan 1 is too much for your family, wait until January 3 to party it up with NPN (Neighborhood Parents Network) at its annual family celebration taking place at Lil Kickers – Bradley Place. Complete with soccer classes and games, snacks, face painting, and a baby zone. From 4:30pm-6pm on January 3.