Why? Family New Year’s Eve Events!

So, New Year’s Eve as a parent of a little one can be a bit of a different proposition. The past few years, Matthew and I have stayed in and made a nice dinner at home for our New Year’s celebration and, frankly, I’ve been impressed we made it until midnight!

But there’s also lots of fun ways to get your kids involved in the New Year’s Eve celebrating.

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Several local places offer kid-friendly New Year’s events, so here’s a round-up of some options for ringing in 2017 with your little one.

New Year’s Eve Eve Celebration

Where: Great Lakes Science Center

When: Friday, December 30

What: A balloon drop of 2017 balloons at 2:17pm, plus lots of other fun Winter Week activities, including Ice Fishing, Dancing in the Snow, Carpet Skating, and more

New Year’s Free Play

Where: Playground World

When: Friday, December 30 from 10-11am

What: Free play and a New Year’s celebration in a 14,000 square foot indoor play area

Noon Year’s Eve

Where: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

When: Saturday, December 31 from 10am-1pm

What: A ball drop at noon, music, dancing, crafts, an ice carving demo, ‘ReZOOlutions’ and a special Professor Wylde’s Live Animal Show

New Year’s at Noon

Where: Cleveland Museum of Natural History

When: Saturday, December 31 starting at 10am

What: Make noisemakers and party hats, see a special New Year’s Planetarium show,  watch a dinosaur egg drop at noon

First Night Akron

Where: Downtown Akron

When: Saturday, December 31 from 6pm-midnight

What: Live music, food vendors, ice skating, fireworks to ring in 2017

Kids New Year’s Eve Party

Where: Romp n Stomp Inflatables and Fun Center

When: Saturday, December 31 from 10am-12pm, 1-3pm, or 5:30-8pm

What: Crafts, family pictures, sparkling grape juice and a ball drop, and lots of jumping play time

However you ring in 2017, I hope it’s happy, fun, safe, and festive!


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