The best ways to ring in the New Year in Chicagoland

This year, resolve to celebrate with style.

Noon Year’s Eve Party

A family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. Create your own eco-friendly party favors, play games, rock out at a dance party and ring in the “Noon Year” with an apple juice toast and a visit from this year’s “Nature Museum Party Animal.”


Itsy Bitsy New Year’s Eve Countdown

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. The first 200 registrants will receive a noisemaker and lei.


Family New Year’s Eve Party

Skate in the New Year with music, fun and games, a balloon twister and a kid-friendly toast at “midnight” (7 p.m.). Visit glenviewicecenter.org for information.


New Year’s Eve Bash

Activities include a children’s concert with Wendy Morgan & DB, DJ and dance party, hat making and horns, family photos, free hair styling from KidSnips, and a Times Square-style confetti drop.


    New Year’s Eve Shows

    Children will be transformed into members of the Blue Man Group band with pre-show face painting. Other festivities include a “midnight” countdown after the show, complete with party hats and noisemakers, and a special performance of “Auld Lang Syne” by the Blue Men.


    Bubble Bash 2016: Under the Sea

    Dive into an Under The Sea voyage complete with fish kites, sand painting, turtle shell weaving and more.


    “Noon” Year’s Eve Party

    Make crafts and play games to ring in the New Year, enjoy snacks, bounce on inflatables and end the festivities with a massive balloon drop at noon.


    Enchanted Castle New Year’s Eve Family Party

    Guests enjoy a New Year’s Buffet including soft drinks and dessert, plus 20 game tokens, a wristband for four hours of unlimited rides and attractions, hats and noisemakers, karaoke entertainment, games and prizes, a balloon drop, New Year’s toast and 2016 Countdown Celebration. Advanced reservations are required.


    Haunted Trails New Year’s Eve Family Party

    Guests enjoy a New Year’s Buffet including soft drinks and dessert, 40 game tokens, a wristband for unlimted indoor rides and laser tag, hats and noisemakers, karaoke, games and prizes, a balloon drop, New Year’s toast, and 2016 Countdown Celebration. Advanced reservations are required.


    Haunted Trails New Year’s Eve Family Party

    Guests enjoy a New Year’s Buffet including soft drinks and dessert, $13.20 in game play, hats and noisemakers, karaoke, games and prizes, a balloon drop, New Year’s toast, and 2016 Countdown Celebration. Advanced reservations are required.


    Noon Year’s Eve

    Enjoy playtime, brunch, a concert by Sarah Jayne Lane and a countdown with balloon drop at noon.


    Noon Year’s Celebration

    Ring in the new year with the little ones while they enjoy a bounce house, games, activities and new year’s crafts.


    New Year’s Eve Party

    The largest kids party of the year, featuring games, crafts, singing, snacks and tons of fun.


    Noon Year’s Eve Event

    Celebrate the New Year with the whole family. Enjoy live entertainment, a noon balloon drop, and a tasty snack.


    New Year’s Eve Kids’ Countdown and Skate

    Guests receive a party hat and noise maker, can enjoy raffles, and music provided by a DJ. Come early so you do not miss the balloon drop of more than 500 balloons over the ice at noon.


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