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.
Guests walk down a red carpet of bubble wrap before striking a pose for a special commemorative take-home photo. Join in to create a giant collaborative water balloon painting, and then breathe life into an enormous bubble anaconda. Explore science concepts by catching gas-filled "boo bubbles," testing parachutes, and using air to launch celebratory stomp rockets towards big bubble targets. Plus, learn how to build giant structures, construct a culinary creation, and sing and dance along with performances throughout the museum. The party builds to the museum's famous countdown to noon.
A fun countdown party with noisemakers.
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. Help build the first-ever Lego Wish Board, which will be displayed at the Center throughout all of 2014. Additional activities include music, sparkling grape juice, creative build challenges and a huntfor hidden balloons in the Jungle Expedition scavenger hunt.
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.
Celebrate with a rockin' DJ and a delicious ice cream sundae.Plus, enjoy a ride on the Carousel, play in Jumps n' Jiggles and participate in new and exciting activities.
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.