The best New Year's Eve parties and events for kids

Ring in 2017 with the little ones during the daytime at the best New Year's Eve parties and events for kids

Photogtaph: Rick BeatoBubble Bash at the DuPage Children's Museum.

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

Noon Year's Eve party at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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.

31 Dec 2016

New Year's Eve Bash at Kohl Children's Museum

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.

31 Dec 2016
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Bubble Bash at DuPage Children's Museum

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.

31 Dec 2016

Pump It Up New Year's Eve Parties

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.

Until Sat Dec 31
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Chi-Town Rising

Before the adults celebrate the arrival of 2017 with a gigantic rising star, families can gather at Wrigley Square from 3–6pm for a free "Kids Countdown Spectacular," which draws inspiration from New Year's celebrations all around the world.

Until Sat Dec 31
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New Year's Family Celebration at Lil Kickers

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.

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