10 ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids around Milwaukee

So what if your care-free days of crazy New Year’s Eve parties have come to an end?Just because you have kids doesn’t mean the fun has to stop on New Year’s Eve.Here are 10 kid-friendly ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve as a family:

1. Noon Year’s Eve at Pump it Up in Brookfield

Saturday, December 31st

Pump It Up invites you to the ultimate New Year’s family celebration! We will be turning down the lights and turning up the fun so each child will receive a glow necklace for our GLOW PARTY! Everyone will receive hats and noisemakers as they gather for the countdown. At the stroke “midnight”, balloons will drop from the ceiling in a joyful and memorable welcoming of the New Year! Admission is $10 per child. Open Jump Passes and Buddy Passes are not accepted for this event.

2. Noon Year’s Eve at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

Saturday, December 31st

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Celebrate 2017 early! Kids can make a party hat, create something festive in the Be A Makerspace and be wide awake when they toast the new year (with juice) as they sing, dance and count down to our annual New Year’s Eve at Noon ball drop.

3. Ice Skating at the Pettit National Ice Center

Enjoy extended Holiday Public Skating Hours on December 31st, open 12:00-9:00 p.m.

4. Family-friendly New Year’s Eve at Bounce Milwaukee (Bay View)

Saturday, December 31st

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Your Everything ticket gets you all-access to all of our attractions: laser tag, rock climbing, inflatable sports and obstacle courses, free-play on vintage arcade games, air-hockey – even massage chairs for the adults! For New Year’s, you’ll also get access to our balloon drop, our Champagne/sparkling juice toast, a time capsule creation – even a make-your-own-party hat and favors. We’ll even have a dedicated, professional photographer on-site for posed pictures and candid shots of you and your children.

5. New Year’s Eve at the Big Backyard (New Berlin)

Saturday, December 31st

5:00-7:30 p.m.

Ring in the New Year at The Big Backyard! Along with playground fun there will be face painting, carnival games, karaoke, story time, and a countdown with party horns to ring in 2017! Pre-registration is required.

6. New Year’s Eve at the Domes

Saturday, December 31st

6:00-9:00 p.m.

This year’s event will expand into the Conservatory Annex with a DJ Dance Party. Other entertainment will include: Live music from the Garlic Mustard Pickers, a magician, Fire Eaters, Face Painting, Balloon Twister, Craft Table and party favors for the kids, free photo booth, and a light show and balloon drop in the Show Dome. Full bar and food available for purchase by Zilli’s Hospitality Group. Skip the line and purchase admission in advance either on line or in the Domes Gift Shop. For more information feel free to call the Friends of the Domes at 414-257-5608 or visit www.milwaukeedomes.org.

Cost: Adults $15, Children ages 3-17 are $5, 2 and under Free.

7. New Year’s event at Chasing Tales (Oak Creek)

Friday, December 30th


Balloon Parachute Drop at noon, new years craft and kid-friendly activities!

8. Harlem Globetrotters

B.M.O. Harris Bradley Center

December 31st

1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family creating memories that will last a lifetime. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability).

9. New Year’s Party Pack at JB’s on 41

J.B.’s on 41 bowling alley and arcade is open from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m. and they are offering awesome New Year’s party packs for families. Enjoy big screen t.v.’s, party music, and a huge arcade!

10. Milwaukee Wave Game

December 31st

3:05 p.m.

Watch the Milwaukee Wave take on the Chicago Mustangs on New Year’s Eve.

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