The Best New Year’s Eve Parties for Kids to Count Down to 2019 in the Southwest Suburbs

For many parents, gone are the days of a night on the town… or even just staying up past midnight. So why not celebrate the new year a few hours early, and with the whole family? Just think, you could be warm and snuggled up in your bed by 9:00 pm, set to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle those resolutions! Check out our list of family-friendly New Year’s Eve events and ring in 2019 while the sun is shining and with the people you love the most.

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New Year’s Eve for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs

Burr Oak Bowl Family New Year’s Eve Party (Blue Island)
December 31, 2018 | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ring in 2019 at Burr Oak Bowl with their Family New Years Eve Party. Included in the price is party gear to wear, cosmic bowling, a balloon drop countdown, face painting, and delicious personal sized pizzas with soft drinks. Tickets are $19.99 if you order online in advance or $30 per person at the door (based on availability).

Countdown to Noon Year (Crest Hill) 
December 31, 2018 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Come celebrate with snacks, crafts, dancing, and a balloon drop! Register online. 

Happy Noon Year Party (Flossmoor) 
December 31, 2018 | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm 
S’mores, bonfire, DJ, and face painting are just some of the events going on at this celebration! End the afternoon with a balloon drop and party favors.

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New Year’s Eve Countdown (Frankfort) 
December 31, 2018 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Come celebrate with dancing, crafts, a bounce house, and ice cream! Register by December 28, 2018.

KidsWork Children’s Museum (Frankfort)
December 31, 2018 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 
Come out for a countdown to noon! There will be snacks, crafts and games. $7/member child, $10/non-member child. Pre-registration is required, either in person at the museum or by calling (815) 469-1199.

Noon Year’s Eve DAY Celebration (Homewood)
December 31, 2018 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Enjoy a countdown to noon with live entertainment, a snack from White Castle, and a balloon drop.

Noon Year’s Eve (Joliet) 
December 31, 2018 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm 
Enjoy games, crafts, and a noon countdown for the kids. Registration opens on December 17, 2018.

New Year’s Eve Bash at the Core (Lemont) 
December 31, 2018 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Come on out for some fun for the whole family! Enjoy games, music, crafts, a bounce house, and a balloon drop at noon. $2 per person for residents and $4 per person for non-residents (children under 2 are free, but must register).

Countdown to Noon Year (Lockport) 
December 31, 2018 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm 
Enjoy crafts, games, snacks and more! Register online.

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Chicago Gaelic Park’s Family New Year’s Eve Party (Oak Forest) 
December 31, 2018 | 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy a buffet dinner, sparkling juice toast, party favors, and live music for the kids! Ring in the new year at the same time it will be midnight in Ireland (6:00 pm in Chicago). Tickets are $28/adults, $12/kids 12 and under, free for kids 3 and under; advance tickets available in the front office.

New Year’s Eve Kids’ Countdown & Open Skate at Oak Lawn Ice Arena (Oak Lawn)
December 31, 2018 | 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Celebrate New Year’s Eve on ice! A DJ will provide great music and the countdown to the balloon drop over the ice at 12 noon. Enjoy raffles and other fun activities at this annual family event. Admission is $9 and skate rental is $3.

Noon Year’s Eve (Palos Heights)
December 31, 2018 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come out to the Palos Heights Recreation Center to enjoy a mini Times Square, complete with music and a countdown to noon balloon drop. They will have concession items for sale and New Year’s Eve activities for the kids. Free.

Noon Year’s Countdown (Plainfield)
December 31, 2018 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Join in the New Year’s Eve fun with games, crafts, a family photo area and great music to add to the celebration. At noon, things will get a little crazy with a countdown to the balloon drop. Ages 2–8 with adult. $12/resident and $15/non-resident tickets when purchased in advance; day-of tickets are $15 and will be limited.

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Rocking in the New Year (Romeoville) 
December 31, 2018 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
Come celebrate 2019 with games, crafts, and snacks! Registration is encouraged. 

Family NOON Year’s Eve Breakfast at Odyssey Fun World (Tinley Park)
December 31, 2018 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Enjoy Odyssey’s third annual NOON Years Eve Breakfast & Countdown. This event includes unlimited attractions, a premium all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, sparkling beverage toast, New Year’s Eve favors, and a DJ to host dance contests and countdown to noon with a massive balloon drop. Tickets are $35 (kids two and under are free) and must be purchased online in advance.

Check out the Kidlist events calendar throughout 2019 for a year of fun, family-friendly events.

About the Author

Claudia Coyne
Having grown up in Palos Park, Claudia has a great love for the southwest suburbs and the hidden gems of the area. Claudia currently lives in Tinley Park with her husband and four children (two girls, ages 6 and 4 and two boys, ages 3 and 1). Cabin fever with four children can get rough, so they’re always looking for new and exciting adventures outside of the house! During the warmer months, you’ll find her and the family at the pool, out on nature walks, grilling in the yard, or at the zoo. And pick a park, any park… Claudia’s kids possess a magical super power of being able to detect the nearest park within a 5 mile radius, so there’s always a stop off on the way home to discover new playgrounds! When the cold comes, they like to craft, hibernate at the library or indoor play places, and play in the snow. In her tiny sliver of free time, Claudia enjoys sewing, photography, and baking.

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