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Ways For Your Family To Ring In 2018
With Christmas fast approaching, celebrating the new year isn't far away! 2018 is sneaking up quickly and you should celebrate the successes of the past year and welcome in the possibilities of the new year! If you're looking for a few places around town to celebrate the new year with the kids in tow, check out one of these popular Indianapolis parties!
Countdown to Noon at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
If staying up until the real stroke of midnight is not the best idea, consider ringing in the new year with the kiddos at noon! There's music, party favors, and a real countdown...all at a reasonable hour. Experience the excitement of the new year in the middle of the day in the world's largest children's museum! The countdown takes place in the Sunburst Atrium in front of their world-famous water clock and is free with your museum admission!
Family New Year's Eve at the Indiana State Museum
If celebrating earlier in the evening is more your style, bring the family downtown to celebrate the approaching new year! During the alcohol-free celebration, enjoy face painting, stilt walkers, music, and other fun activities. The event culminates in an 8 pm balloon drop, ensuring the kids can be home & in bed well before midnight!
Reservations are recommended if you plan to attend, call 317.232.1637
Cost: Museum Members: $9, Non-Members: $15, Children under 4: Free
Maggiano's Kid's Pre-NYE Slime Party
For a different type of new year's experience, take the kids to Maggiano's for a morning slime party and a buffet brunch! Learn how to make two different kinds of slime, decorate a party hat for New Year's Eve, and stock up on some fun party favors for the big night! Doors open at 9:15 AM and slime class starts at 9:30 AM, visit the craft stations at your leisure after the slime class! Tickets start at $15.
Noon Year's Eve at Zion Nature Center
This owl themed celebration is an extremely popular way to ring in the new year! Raise an early (12 pm) toast to the new year with a sparkling grape juice, see a balloon drop, and check out some of the educational animals housed at the Zion Nature Center, including turtles, snakes, and amphibians. Registration is required as this event fills quickly. Register beginning December 1 at [email protected]
Downtown Indy Inc.'s New Year’s Eve Celebration
To give the family a more Times Square-like experience, head down to the huge New Year's Eve party on Georgia Street! Enjoy live music & entertainment, plenty of food, fanfare, and fireworks! This Georgia Street event usually draws over 10,000 people to celebrate the new year! If you can make it until midnight, instead of a ball drop, see an IndyCar drop towards the crowd! This event is free and requires no registration!
Indianapolis and the surrounding communities offer celebrations of all shapes and sizes! There's truly a New Year's celebration for everyone! Have a very happy and safe New Year's Eve and best wishes for 2018!