With its late night celebrations and flowing champagne, New
Year's Eve often seems like a holiday exclusively for adults. But
here are some ways to celebrate the dawning of a New Year with your
little ones in tow.
1 If you've ever wanted to walk a red carpet,
Build it Big Bubble Bash is your big shot. Even better, this red
carpet is made of bubble wrap! Plus, there's water balloon
painting, a bubble anaconda, parachutes and stomp rockets. And what
would a party be without food and music? At noon, get a jump on
Times Square with a countdown to the New Year. $30, $25 member. 9
a.m.-noon. DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St.,
Naperville. (630) 637-8000, dupagechildrensmuseum.org.
2 You don't have to be nocturnal to celebrate
the arrival of 2014 at the zoo. Zoo Years Eve includes a DJ, games
and prizes, plus the chance for kids to make their own noisemakers
and make a ruckus when the clock strikes 8 p.m. We have a feeling
all your little party animals will feel right at home. Free with
admission. 6-8 p.m. Brookfield Zoo, 1st Avenue and 31st Street,
Brookfield. (708) 688-8400, brookfieldzoo.org.
3 Make your mark on the coming year with the
Lego Wish Board at Legoland's Kid-Friendly Celebration. The mosaic,
which will be displayed throughout 2014, includes kids' wishes and
resolutions for the New Year. Plus enjoy music, mocktails, Lego
builds and a hunt for balloons. If you don't make it there on New
Year's Eve, the party continues Jan. 1. $20. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Legoland Discovery Center, The Streets of Woodfield, 601 N.
Martingale Road, Schaumburg. (847) 592-9700,
4 For an event that's truly for the whole
family, check out First Night Evanston, which showcases nearly 30
musical and theatrical performances. Kids will love the afternoon
events and workshops, such as crafts, storytelling, music, and even
a flea circus. Later, parents can enjoy music, ice sculptures and
food trucks in the final hours of 2013. Check website for cost. 1
p.m.-midnight. Raymond Park, Chicago Avenue, between Grove and Lake
streets, Evanston. firstnightevanston.eventbrite.com.
Elizabeth Diffin is the associate editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Wheaton.
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