Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate NYE in Chicago

This has been a great year for Chicago natives and newcomers alike. So, it makes sense that families across the Windy City want to see 2019 go out in style. New Year’s Day is one of those holidays that parents tend to be a little wary of, simply due to the volume of partiers that are out and about. When it comes to celebrating with the whole family in tow, you have to be choosy. Fortunately, Chicago has plenty of options for your family-friendly New Year’s celebration. Here are just a few.

Family-Friendly New Year’s Events in Chicago

Zoo Year’s Eve at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo will have a live DJ, games, prizes, and more. The countdown will be held at 7:30 pm, so you’ll have plenty of time to get your little ones home and tucked into bed before city-wide holiday madness ensues. Event participation is free with zoo admission. Get more information here.

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

If you’re looking for an indoor winter playground, this is it. At Navy Pier Winter Wonderfest, you’ll find fun wintery attractions for all ages, including giant slides, rides, ice skating, and more. Head over on December 31 from 10 am until 5 pm for a solid start to the new year ahead! Get more information here.

Legoland Dance Party

The name says it all. If you live near Schaumburg or don’t mind the short drive to get there, this is a can’t-miss event for your kiddos as they welcome the new year. There will be plenty of activities in store for the whole family, and of course, all your favorite Lego characters will be there!  Get more information here.

Blue Man Group NYE Performance

Blue Man Group Chicago is offering a handfull of festive New Year’s Eve performances, including a few earlier options that are perfect for your little ones. Here, you will countdown early to “midnight,” complete with party hats, noisemakers, and a fun rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” by the Blue Men themselves. Get more information here.

Have a safe and happy 2020, Chicago! 

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