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Celebrate the end of 2018 and the start of the New Year with the whole family. From Noon Year’s Eve celebrations and firework displays, to family sleepover parties and balloon drops, there is something for kids of all ages! Start making plans for Monday, December 31st…but just a little earlier than normal!
@ Beacon Park, Detroit
The New Year’s Eve Kids Countdown will offer all the fun and excitement of a traditional New Year’s Eve party while allowing you and the kiddos be be home and tucked safely into bed long before the clock strikes midnight. Similar to Beacon Park’s wildly popular Family Fun Days, this event will offer a wide range of activities and crafts for all ages.
@ Detroit Historical Museum
Preschool and elementary-aged children and their families can make their own noisemaker, write a time capsule letter, enjoy cookies and hot cocoa, and most importantly, ring in the New Year with a countdown to noon! Admission to the museum and the event is free, although parking fees may apply.
@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak
The Detroit Zoo will light up the night again this holiday season with Wild Lights, a spectacular light display. For 24 nights, more than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 230 animal sculptures throughout the front half of the Zoo. Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights and the sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and special activities for guests of all ages.
@ Franklin Athletic Club
We’re throwing a party, you’ll have such a blast; as we ring in the new year and say goodbye to the last! Time to celebrate at FAC! Spend the night staying up late, having a glow party, watching the ball drop, bounce, swim, and so much more!
@ LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Auburn Hills
Ring in 2019 with a BRICK-tacular balloon drop, music and games on New Year’s Eve at 12:00pm! Guests can also enjoy all of LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s attractions, including: Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, enjoy an extra dimension of fun with 4D versions of three different LEGO movies that include special effects like wind, rain and snow and learn top tips from our FUN-gineers as you build a special model with them.
@ Downtown Southgate
Join us for this popular kids event at Market Center Park featuring crafts, music, juice toast at 12pm, and a balloon drop.
@ Downtown Wyandotte
Downriver’s LARGEST New Year’s Eve celebration happens at Biddle & Maple, next to the Wyandotte Clock Tower! The event’s main attraction is the one of kind New Year’s Eve ball. The 1,000 lb. steel ball glows with color-changing LED lights and is powered by DTE Energy Foundation. The evening will culminate with a Time Square style ball drop at 9 p.m. for families and again at the stroke of midnight as we ring in 2019. The Community Choice Credit Union heated tent will include FREE kids activities like face painting, crafts, photo booth and games.
@ Clarkston Independence District Library
Count down to mid-day as we ring in 2019 at this free New Year celebration for families and children of all ages. Party hats, noisemakers, games and snacks. Balloon drop at Noon. FREE and open to the public.
@ Escape, Troy
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Troy Lanes with 2.5 hours of bowling, a $10 game card, pizza, party favors and unlimited laser tag!
@ Downtown Mount Clemens
Never Never Land, is a family fun event. some of the fun in store will include, petting zoo, train rides, magic shows,pirates an a ball drop with fireworks.
@ Belle Isle Detroit
The Children’s Fun Run is a short, one mile route, which starts in front of the Belle Isle Casino, goes around the Scott Fountain, and returns to the Casino.
@ Livonia Community Recreation Center
Get your family and freinds together for a New Year’s celebration you won’t forget! Enjoy an evening of swimming, playing on the giant inflatable, climbing the rock wall, holiday crafts and face painting, dodge ball, food, music and more.
@ Legacy 925, Oxford
Bring in the New Year with live music & a DJ on our huge dance floor, watch the ball drop on 17 giant screens, enjoy our kickin’ VIP buffet with a midnight champagne toast. Bid on amazing Silent Auction packages and then get ready to join your friends for a game of bowling, football bowling, mini bowling, laser tag, go-karts, darts, and pool. Kids, rock out their own NYE Party at Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park. Jump into the New Year with a live DJ, sparkling juice toasts, and party favors.
@ Detroit City Fieldhouse
Spend some time at the Clubhouse this NYE! From 2-5pm, we’re hosting a Ball Drop for kids and families! Drink specials for parents, field access and kids meals for your little ones! “Ball Drop” is at 4pm.
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About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..