Best Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events in Chicagoland

Welcome 2022 with these family events.

2022 already seems like a year we can finally look forward to. One of the best things about the new year is that in-person gathering are back for New Year’s Eve! There are also many local events that strive for family-friendly entertainment and excitement for all ages.

Check out these New Year’s Eve events in the Chicago area for creative ways to get in the party mood.

Middle School NYE Mingle

Dec. 30, 2021

Middle schoolers will get down at a DJ Glow Dance Party, hangout in the lounge with fun crafts and countdown to the New Year (11 p.m.) with a balloon drop. Open to kids in sixth, seventh and eighth grade. 

New Year’s Eve (Practice) Party

Dec. 30, 2021

Get ready to ring in the new year with a fun New Year’s Eve (Practice) Party! Learn about New Year’s traditions from around the world while also making some funny noisemakers and decorating an always stylish New Year’s hat. Registration required. For ages 3 and up.

Teenie Weenie New Year’s Eve Ball

Dec. 30, 2021

  • Address: Fountain View Recreation Center, 910 N. Gary Ave., Carol Stream
  • Cost: $12/resident, $18/non-resident; fees are per child, adults are free

Kids ages eight and under will enjoy a live DJ, bounce house, games, crafts and a balloon drop. Registration closes Dec. 22.

Bubble Bash New Year’s Eve

Dec. 31, 2021

Spend time together creating lasting memories, taking part in special activities, grooving to good music, exploring the Museum’s hands-on exhibits and counting down the new year!

Drivin’ on Thru to 2022! (New Year’s Eve Car Scavenger Hunt)

Dec. 31, 2021

  • Address: Several park districts in Glenview
  • Cost: $35/$44 per car

Visit a park district in Glenview to answer questions, find clues and complete challenges. Gather New Year’s Eve themed prizes along the way and take a family photo. 

Family New Year’s Eve

Dec. 31, 2021

This New Year’s Eve, bring the whole family and celebrate the incoming New Year with a rockin’ DJ, bounce houses, snacks, party favors and a balloon drop at noon to welcome in the New Year

New Year’s Eve Family Party at Haunted Trails Burbank

Dec. 31, 2021

Guests will enjoy their famous New Year’s Buffet including soft drinks and dessert, plus each paid guest receives $20 in game Play, one Lazer Frenzy Challenge, party hats, favors, a balloon drop, New Year’s toast and countdown celebration!

New Year’s Eve Family Party at Enchanted Castle

Dec. 31, 2021

Each paid guest will enjoy a buffet and receive $10 in game play, unlimited select video games, four hours of unlimited go-karts, laser tag, miniature golf, bumper cars, catapult ride and Quest II Adventure Playland. There will also be a balloon drop, party favors, New Year’s toast and countdown celebration.

New Year’s Eve Family Party at Haunted Trails Joliet

Dec. 31, 2021

Guests will enjoy their famous New Year’s Buffet including soft drinks and dessert, plus each paid guest receives $20 in Game Play, one Lazer Frenzy Challenge, party hats, favors a Balloon Drop, New Year’s toast and countdown celebration!

Noon Year’s Eve at Odyssey Fun World Tinley Park

Dec. 31, 2021

A kid’s NYE party with breakfast that will allow them to ring in the New Year with you, at a decent hour! Includes fun, music, a dance contest, a balloon drop countdown, confetti canons and a sparkling beverage toast at noon!

Noon Year’s Eve at Sachs Recreation Center

Dec. 31, 2021

Join Sachs Recreation Center in counting down to 2022 and celebrate New Year’s Eve with us! Enjoy a DJ dance party, games and a countdown to noon with a balloon drop. For ages 4 and up.


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