Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events 2018

Looking for a family-friendly place to celebrate the New Year? Check out these events, which let you ring in “midnight” with your kids, then get home and tuck them into bed long before your own celebration. Cheers to a Healthy and Happy 2018!

These events sell out quickly – Please reserve in advance.


Dec. 31, 9am-noon
Bubble Bash 2017 presented by DuPage Children’s Museum
Naperville: 630-637-8000
Bubble Bash 2017 is THE place for families to ring in the New Year and is an important fundraiser for the Museum. This annual year-end celebration, now in its 15th year, has become a holiday tradition for families to celebrate together at DuPage Children’s Museum. Pre-registration is required. $20/members $25/non-members


Dec. 31, 5-8pm
Family New Year’s Eve Celebration
Park Ridge: 847-692-3281
Centennial Fitness Center, 1515 W. Touhy. Help us kick off the New Year, family style! Enjoy together a fantastic dinner & dessert buffet, live music by 45 RPM, inflatables, tot play area, miniature golf, and of course, a fabulously fun countdown to midnight (8pm). Fee is per person and all children must be with adult. Register by Dec. 23. Ages 2 & up. $20 Residents / $22 Nonresident.


Dec. 30, 10:30am-12:30pm
Teenie Weenie New Year’s Eve Ball
Carol Stream: 630-784-6100
Simkus Recreation Center, 849 W. Lies Rd. Get an early start on the party at CSPD’s countdown to Noon party! Dance to the music with our disc jockey! Games, crafts, dancing and balloon drop are all part of the fun. Festive snacks and fun dessert. A parent/guardian is free but required to stay at the event. Ages 1-5. Early Bird Fee by Dec. 26: $7/Resident, $9/Nonresident; Fee after Dec. 26: $11/Resident, $14/Nonresident.


Dec. 30, 7-9pm
Pre-New Year’s Eve Party
Bartlett: 847-608-3100 press 2,
Bartlett Nature Center, 2054 W. Stearns Rd. Come celebrate the end of the year and look forward to 2018 with games, crafts, hot chocolate, popcorn and a balloon drop! Open to families; ages 14 and under must be with adults. $5 per person advance registration.


Dec. 31, 3-6pm
Family New Year’s Party
Des Plaines: 847-391-5700
Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E. Thacker St. Our festive Family New Year’s celebration features party hats, noisemakers, challenging games, free family photos, crafts, entertainment and a DJ! Plus a giant confetti drop! It’s fun for the whole family! $8 per person when you register on or before December 30. $12 per person when you register on December 31.


Dec. 31, 11am-12:30pm
Happy ‘Noon’ Year!
Montgomery: 630-554-1010
Boulder Point Zero Boulder Hill Pass. Ring in the NOON year with this family friendly event where kids of all ages can enjoy New Year’s Eve! Burn off some energy playing in the gym, or take a rest to make a party favor or grab a snack. This NOON year will be complete with a countdown and balloon drop at noon. Each person attending must be registered. $8 Resident/$12 Nonresident.


Dec. 31, 3-6pm
Family New Year’s Eve Party
Elk Grove Village: 847-437-9494
Pavillion, 1000 Wellington Ave. Ride the carousel, dance with a DJ, play in Jumps n’ Jiggles, swim in the pools and participate in exiting activities at the Elk Grove Park District’s New Year’s Eve Party. $6 per person by Dec. 30th. $12 per person on Dec. 31st


Dec. 31, 8:30-11am or 12:30-3pm
New Year’s Eve Bash
Glenview: 847-832-6600
We’re transforming an entire wing of the Museum into a giant Times Square style party with the biggest confetti drop you’ve ever seen! Children’s concert and dance party, hat making and horns, family photos, free hair styling from KidSnips, and a Times Square-style confetti drop! Tickets are $33 per person; $23 for members.


Dec. 31, 5-7pm or 7:30-9:30pm
New Years Eve Family Bowling Party
Batavia: 630-879-8717
Funway, 1335 S. River St. Batavia. We are hosting to separate bowling parties on New Years Eve. The first is 5-7pm (Check in at 4:45pm) and the second 7:30-9:30pm (Check in at 7:15pm). The party includes Two hours of bowling, shoe rental, 1 pizza and pitcher of pop per lane, color pin games for prizes, party hats & horns, balloon drop with prizes, glow stick for kids, family photo, music and hours of fun!


Dec. 31, 6-9:30pm
New Years Eve Family Skate Party
Batavia: 630-879-8717
Funway, 1335 S. River St. Batavia. Let the kid’s celebrate too. We offer standard or inline skate rental that inculdes music, games and hours of fun. Don’t forget to stay for the New Years Balloon Drop with Prizes at 9pm. Tickets are $12.50 per person; spectator tickets are $5 that include a party hat and noisemaker.


Dec. 31, 10:30am-noon
Noon Year’s Eve Party
Glenview: 847-724-5670
Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave. Can’t make it until midnight? Celebrate the “Noon Year” instead! Make crafts and play games to ring in the New Year and enjoy snacks in the Cultural Arts Wing, Bounce on inflatables in the Mini-Gym then end the morning’s festivities with a massive balloon drop in the main lobby at noon!