New Year’s Eve is characterized by champagne, kissing and staying up as late as possible – all of which are not very kid-friendly activities. Luckily, plenty of destinations around Ohio are hosting events that are perfect for both you and your children. Celebrate the beginning of the new decade at these kid-friendly events!
New Year’s Eve Blast in Cincinnati
Spend New Year’s with thousands of your closest friends at Cincinnati’s New Year’s Eve Blast at Fountain Square! Hosted by 94.9 Cincinnati, the event will not only have great music, but delicious food, goofy games and family-friendly fun all night long. Warm up with a couple of laps on the ice skating rink, which will be open with regular admission and skate rental costs applied.
For those who can’t stay up until midnight, ring in the near 12 hours early at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s New Year’s at Noon. Although we will be entering 2020, you will feel as though you’re in the Mesozoic era as you explore the museum, learning about dinosaurs and the planet’s natural history. Come for the educational experience, but stay for the New Year’s Egg Drops at noon, 1 PM and 2 PM.
Not everyone can say they celebrated the new year with lions, tigers and bears – but you and your children can after attending Noon Year’s Eve at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo & Rainforest. Beyond the everyday excitement of the exotic animals, this celebration will include music, dancing, crafts, an ice-carving demo and live animal experiences. All activities are free with Zoo admission!
Brace the cold this December and head to the ice rink at Riverscape MetroPark in Dayton this New Year’s Eve! Sheltered under a covered pavilion, this outdoor ice rink welcomes all skaters, from the beginners to the advanced. The rink will be open from 11 AM to 10 PM, and once you’re done skating be sure to check out the sweeping views of the Miami River and the downtown Dayton skyline that the park provides.
Walleye Drop in Downtown Port Clinton
Your children will spend all of 2020 talking about the 20-foot, 600-pound Walleye they saw this New Years after the Walleye Drop in Downtown Port Clinton. Named the “Walleye Capital of the World,” Port Clinton honors their claim to fame with a fishy New Years Eve countdown and celebration. Festivities begin with the Minnow Drop at 4 PM, followed by a Kids Party from 4 PM – 6 PM at Knights of Columbus. After, enjoy the various vendors, games and prizes at the downtown venues.
First Night Youngstown celebrates the New Year and diversity through the arts with a variety of events that the whole family will enjoy. There will be face painting, an appearance from Hugs the Clown, a special Harry Potter Experience and an early ball drop and fireworks specifically for children starting at 8:45 PM.
If you’re searching for more of an educational New Year’s Eve celebration, head to First Night Columbus hosted at the Center of Science and Industry. Your children can learn about the depths of the ocean with the Unseen Oceans exhibit, travel to Mars with Expedition: The Red Planet, or discover the stars, planets and constellations with Starry Night Live. For the younger children, head to the art studio, animal show or story time for a more quiet and toddler-friendly experience.
New Year’s Eve Train in Nelsonville
Ride into the new year in a heated coach on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway! Hop onto the “Pizza & Pop” train at 10:30 PM where you will enjoy your cheesy pies and soda before stopping at midnight to watch a fantastic fireworks display!