Remember those New Year’s Eves where you’d have the time of your life, donning a fabulous dress to dance and celebrate with your best friends until dawn? Yeah, me neither. New Year’s has always been an overrated, expensive holiday in my book. And now that I have a kid, I have a ready-made excuse to stay home, watch old movies and eat fondue with my hubby.
But if you’d like to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your children, here are a few options – all of them have earlier countdowns than the traditional midnight version. I owe a huge thanks to Time Out Chicago Kids. Their own list tipped me off to several of the event below, and has a number of other suggestions if you're open to driving to Chicago or the North Shore. Please let me know if you know of other kid-friendly events; I’ll be glad to update this list.
Noon Year’s Eve
LEGOLAND in Schaumburg will celebrate a “Noon Year’s Eve” with a balloon drop, mini-figurine swap and special New Year’s giveaways. Doors open at 9am. Admission is $19 for adults, $15 for kids, with discounted tickets available online at their site.