Kid and Family-Friendly Options for New Year’s Eve

There are daytime and evening options for families in the greater Springfield area.

First Night Springfield

Learn more here.

  • First Night afternoon at Springfield High School with free children’s events—face painting, clay sculpture, harmonica lessons, and hands-on arts activities.
  • Evening family-friendly performances on multiple stages downtown, and a teen-specific event.
  • NOTE: New Year’s Eve fireworks have been cancelled, as of Dec. 29.
  • More shows continue right after the fireworks and run until 11:15

Children’s Museum of Illinois in Decatur – Happy Noon Year!

Perfect for those who don’t stay up late, the confetti will fly at noon!  Enjoy a dance party, fun photo booth, and festive crafts. 10 am – 2 pm. More information on the museum’s website.


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Check out our New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Pinterest board for ideas on how to celebrate at home or with friends!

In the mood for a day trip?

  • Magic House in St. Louis has a Noon Year’s Eve celebration from 11 am to 4 pm. New Year’s revelers of all ages (even those with a bedtime!) are invited to join in the festivities as they make noise makers and wish wands, strike a pose in a photo booth with fun 2018 themed props and dance the day away to some rockin’ tunes. Free with admission.
  • Orpheum Children’s Museum in Champaign hosts a Noon Day Drop from 10:30 am to 1 pm. $8 for nonmembers and $6 for members; or $28 per family of 4. Ticket includes dance party, music, crafts and a countdown and balloon drop at noon.



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