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

2020 was a year of vast change, growth and introspection. If there was ever a time to want to step outside of our bubbles, figuratively of course, and have some fun, it would be to celebrate the end of what was objectively a hard year.

And while there might not be an in-person gathering, there are many virtual 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.

Bubble Bash in a Box

Pick up by Dec. 28

  • Address: Pick up at DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville
  • Cost: $25 per box during Early Bird Savings; $35 per box and $40 for non-members

Enjoy a box filled with fun and festive activities and other celebratory surprises including exclusive access to digital content with helpful “how-to” videos for arts and maker activities. Get families moving with Family Yoga, musical performances, and a lively countdown with Museum friends.

Virtual Teenie Weenie New Year’s Eve Ball & At Home Box and Zoom

Dec. 30 

  • Cost: $5-$12

Kids who are too little to stay up until midnight can count down to a noon balloon drop at this party for parents and children. Activities include crafts, a festive snack, virtual dance party, a special New Year’s Story, and a New Year’s countdown. Registration closes Dec. 23.

Noon Year’s Eve Party

Dec. 31

  • Cost: Free; preregistration required

Sulzer Regional Library’s famous Noon Year’s Eve Party is going virtual with crafts, a scavenger hunt and a concert from fan favorite, Laura Doherty. Activity kits with craft supplies and other goodies will be available starting Dec. 21.

Noon Year’s Eve

Dec. 31

  • Cost: Free; preregistration required

Kids will have a great time making hats, noise makers and virtually sharing their resolutions for the upcoming year.

Grab and Go Activity Bag

Dec. 31

  • Address: Pick up at Whitney M. Young Jr. Branch, 415 E. 79th St., Chicago
  • Cost: Free; preregistration required

Families with children ages 3-13 are invited to pick up a grab-and-go activity that includes materials for cool STEAM or craft projects. Bags will be distributed while supplies last.

Itty Bitty New Year in a Box

Dec. 31

Boxes will include sparkling juice, a fun recipe, family friendly activities and New Year’s-related items.


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This story originally published Dec. 4, 2014. It has been updated with the most recent information.

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