Adults aren't the only ones who can celebrate the New Year. There are events all over Chicagoland on Dec. 31 - from afternoon events for younger kids to late- and over-nighters for tweens. Wherever you live, there's a party for your kids to ring in the new year!
Note: Some of these events sell out. Call before you go to make sure tickets are still available.
Skate in the New Year with music, fun and games, and a kid-friendly toast at "midnight" (7 p.m.). Visit glenviewicecenter.org for information.
Kids' New Year's Party features prizes, candy and pizza. Call for more information.
Ring in the new year at noon with lots and lots of bubbles, as well music by Jeanie B. and the Jelly Beans and entertainment by Geoff Akins, The Bubble Wonder Man.
Includes party favors, confetti and a special kid-hosted
countdown. Plus, make a personalized hat or crown.
Celebrate New Year's Eve as a family at a Countdown Party with cake, poppers and more. Mock countdown at noon.
Family cruise showcasing Chicago's colorful history and front row seats to the New Year's Eve Family Fireworks display.
Early afternoon event features play time, pizza, sparkling beverages, gifts and a countdown with a balloon drop.
Combination Architecture/Fireworks Cruise through all three branches of the Chicago River ending with an up-close view of the New Year's Eve Family Fireworks display.
Wonder Works is counting down to the new year with a party for the whole family. Countdowns every hour, sparkling cider, guided crafts, face painting, music and singing all included for the price of general admission.
Kid-friendly countdown during the day on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Enjoy multiple balloon drop countdowns, sparkling grape juice and party music. Other activities include build challenges, New Year photo opps and the Quest laser ride.
Celebrate the holiday with your young ones. The gym is filled with an inflatable for climbing, riding toys and areas to play a variety of activities. All activities will be unstructured and parents must supervise their children. Ring in the New Year at noon with a balloon drop.
Swimming, carousel rides, DJ and dancing, and ice cream sundaes.
Radio Disney broadcasts live from MB Financial Park and have a ball drop at noon.
Make crafts, play games and bounce on inflatables. End the morning's festivities with a balloon drop in the main lobby at noon. Advance registration required.
Celebration includes festive music, games, and prizes. An early countdown for families will take place at 8 p.m. For more information, call or visit the Web site.
This event features on and off the ice family fun, with a countdown and sparkling juice toast at 8 p.m. Skating, a disc jockey, and kids' crafts are included.
Crafts, games, music and art. Ring in the New Year with music from Kantorei, the singing boys of Rockford, plus party hats, confetti, favors and more.