Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Monday, Dec 5th, 2016 by

You don’t want your kids to stay up until midnight, but you’d like them to be able to celebrate the New Year with you, right? Here are some events in Chicago’s western suburbs, held earlier in the day to specifically appeal to young families. Know of more that should be included here? Please note in the comments. And most of these do require advance registration, so take a look and don’t delay! 

 

December 27, 2016

 

NAPERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY – NICHOLS All three branches of the Naperville Public Library are hosting early New Year’s celebrations, but on different days. The Nichols Library will be dancing in the New Year from 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27 in the Children’s Program Room. Dance to favorite party tunes at the library’s version of Rockefeller Plaza and make a craft that will be used for the noon countdown to ring in 2017. Find more info on Page 8 of the winter catalogue.

 

December 30, 2016

 

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ELGIN PUBLIC LIBRARY – RAKOW BRANCH The Rakow branch of the Elgin library will be celebrating New Years early at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 30. Come and make a party hat or noise maker, listen to a story, and countdown to noon. If you want to get dressed up, you can join in a parade! Registration is required, click here for information.

 

ELGIN PUBLIC LIBRARY – GAIL BORDEN There will be a celebration at the Elgin main library on Friday, Dec. 30, at 11:30 a.m. for preschoolers and kindergarteners with an adult. There will be fun stories, games, holiday food, and dancing. No registration required, click here for more info.

 

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF GENEVA The west campus of the First Baptist Church of Geneva is hosting a free New Year’s Eve-Eve Family Party on Friday, Dec. 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This will be a potluck night with games, entertainment and a big balloon drop after a countdown; the church’s children’s ministry will provide the main dish and drinks. Find more info here, including how to RSVP to help the church for planning purposes.

 

NAPERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY – NAPER BOULEVARD All three branches of the Naperville Public Library are hosting early New Year’s celebrations, but on different days. The Naper Boulevard Library library will be dancing in the New Year from 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, in the Program Room. Dance to favorite party tunes at the library’s version of Rockefeller Plaza and make a craft that will be used for the noon countdown to ring in 2017. Find more info on Page 8 of the winter catalogue.

 

December 31, 2016

 

HICKORY KNOLLS DISCOVERY CENTER The Hickory Knolls Discovery Center will be celebrating New Year’s Eve early on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet the animals and share a toast at noon. Registration is required and the cost is $5 for residents, $8 for non-residents, adults are free. For more information visit https://www.stcparks.org

 

OSWEGOLAND PARK DISTRICT On Saturday, Dec. 31, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. the Oswegoland Park District will be hosting a Happy “Noon” Year celebration at Boulder Point. Play in the gym, make a party favor, or grab a snack. There will be a countdown and balloon drop at noon. Each person attending must be registered and the cost is $8 per person. For more information and to register, click here.

 

DUPAGE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM The DuPage Children’s Museum will be hosting a Bubble Bash 2016: Under the Sea event on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be fish kites, sand painting, turtle shell weaving, and more. For full pricing and registration information, click here.

 

FOX VALLEY PARK DISTRICT The Fox Valley Park District is hosting a Family New Year’s Eve Party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vaughn Athletic Center on Saturday, Dec. 31. There will be games, giant inflatables, arts and crafts, and dancing. There will be a countdown and balloon drop at noon. Preregistration is $8 and includes party favors and a snack. Admission is $11 at the door and doesn’t include a snack or party favor. Children 2 and under are free. For more information, click here.

 

GENEVA PUBLIC LIBRARY The Geneva Public Library will be having a “Noon Years Eve” party at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31. There will be stories, crafts, music, and light refreshments with a countdown to noon. Registration for Geneva cardholders starts Dec. 15. For more information, click here.

 

ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY The St. Charles Public Library will be having a New Year’s Eve celebration and concert with Joel Frankel on Saturday, Dec. 31. There will be 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. concerts. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 630-584-9390 to register.

 

AURORA PUBLIC LIBRARY On Saturday, Dec. 31, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the Eola Branch of the Aurora Public Library will be hosting a Noon Years Eve party. There will be fun activity stations, games, and balloons. Refreshments will be served, no registration is required. Visit www.aurorapubliclibrary.org for more information.

 

NAPERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY – 95TH STREET All three branches of the Naperville Public Library are hosting early New Year’s celebrations, but on different days. The 95th Street Library will be dancing in the New Year from 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, in the Children’s Program Room. Dance to favorite party tunes at the library’s version of Rockefeller Plaza and make a craft that will be used for the noon countdown to ring in 2017. Find more info on Page 8 of the winter catalogue.

 

WHEATON PUBLIC LIBRARY Come to the Wheaton Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. to make a mask or crown, play games, and count down to noon. For more info, click here.

 

 

7 thoughts on “Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

    1. Tara Burghart

      Thanks for writing. This site is focused on Chicago’s far western suburbs, and so I don’t have much info on your area, but I do see the Lemont Park District has something scheduled at The Core for families on Saturday. The website is light on details, so you’ll want to give them a call and learn more. Happy New Year! http://www.lemontparkdistrict.org/

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