Family friendly events in Chicago for New Year's Eve 2017
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Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Chicago at one of the many family-friendly events being held to ring in 2018. Kids and adults will have fun playing games, listening to music, dancing, and seeing the fireworks shows greeting the New Year.

Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest
Dec. 1-Jan. 7
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

Winter Wonderfest will offer fun for the family at Navy Pier. Take the family to Winter Wonderfest for indoor fun, including 170,000 sq. ft. of amusement rides, giant slides, the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Skating Rink, colorful decorations. Tickets will include a ride on the Centennial Wheel. Ticket prices vary so check the website for information and save 30% by purchasing tickets online.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Navy Pier
Dec. 31 @ Midnight
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

The New Year’s Eve Fireworks presented by Miller Lite will light the skies over Navy Pier and Lake Michigan to ring in the New Year. The fireworks will be the highlight of a day and night of fun at Navy Pier.

Noon Year’s Eve
Dec. 31 @ 10:30 a.m.
Chicago Children’s Museum, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, Il 60611

Kids will have fun at the New Year’s Eve festivities at Chicago Children’s Museum. They will make a crown at 10:30 a.m. and join in the dance party at 11:30 a.m.  At noon, there will be a countdown and confetti drop at high noon. Admission will be $14.95.

First Night Evanston
Dec. 31 @ 2 p.m.
Evanston, IL 60201

Ring in the New Year at the family-friendly events in venues in Evanston. Then the entire family will enjoy entertainment and the arts, with activities including a barn dance, music, and more. The talent lineup includes the Grammy-nominated Bluegrass band Special Consensus, Lynne Jordan and The Shivers, Christopher Carter mentalist, Heirs of Joy & Second Baptist Church Gospel, the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, Music with Jeanie B. Kindie Rocker, and more. The Purchase tickets online.

New Year’s Eve Party at Pump It Up
Dec. 31 @ 3:30 p.m.
Pump It Up, 821 W. Eastman St., Chicago, IL 60642

The family will enjoy two and a half hours of playtime, pizza, drinks and a sparkling beverage. There will be a New Year’s Eve countdown and balloon drop. Admission will be $10/ in advance, and $13 starting on Dec. 30.  Socks and a signed waiver will be required.

Countdown to New Year at Kohl Children’s Museum
Dec. 31 @ 8:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL 60026

There will be two kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations at Kohl Children’s Museum. Kids will enjoy party hat making, a children’s concert, activities, and a confetti drop. Tickets will be $33/non-members and $23/members.

Bavarian New Year 2018
Dec. 31 @ 2 p.m.
Hofbrauhaus Chicago, MB Financial Park, 5500 Park Place, Rosemont, IL 60018

Families will enjoy ringing in the New Year with a “Munich-style” celebration. Activities will include a face painter, a magic show, live animals, and more. Families will be able to participate in a New Year’s parade and a toast to Munich’s New Year at 5 p.m.  Guests who are at Hofbrauhaus at midnight will get to “prost” 2018 with a glass of champagne as they enjoy the fireworks show above MB Financial Park.

2018 New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Ice
Dec. 31 @ 11 a.m.
Chicago Wolves Ice Rink, MB Financial Park at Rosemont, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont, IL 60018

The entire family will have fun skating into the New Year at the Chicago Wolves Ice Rink. Bring your own skates and skate for free, or you can rent skates for $8. Look up into the sky at midnight to enjoy the fireworks display at midnight.

Bubble Bash 2017: A Walk on the Wild Side
Dec. 31 @ 9 a.m.
DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville, IL

Bubble Bash will be a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration and a “Wild” safari-style adventure. Tickets will be $20-$25/person.

Ultimate New Year’s Eve Adventure at Safari Land
Dec. 31 @ 5 p.m.
Safari Land, 701 W. North Ave., Villa Park, IL 60181

Safari Land will offer two packages for families who have fun riding amusement rides, food, party favors, and a DJ throughout the night. Admission will be $15-$20/Person.