New Year's Eve Weekend Things To Do in Chicago with Kids: Noon Year's Eve, Parties, Skating

Celebrate at the Neon New Year's Eve, photo courtesy of Donte Tatum/Gallagher Way Chicago
Celebrate at the Neon New Year's Eve, photo courtesy of Donte Tatum/Gallagher Way Chicago

Looking for the best things to do in Chicago this weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for this weekend.

2021 is finally drawing to a close, and we're looking forward to a better year in 2022! Kids can celebrate New Year's or Noon Year's this weekend with a neon-themed celebration in Wrigleyville, skating and fireworks Rosemont or bubbles in Naperville, among many other options. On New Year's Day, the Chicago Wolves face off against the Rockford IceHogs in the city's only January 1 professional sports game. Or check out The Snow Queen or The Magic Immersive on their last weekend in town.

Families who didn't get out as much as they had hoped in 2021 can check out our list of the best new things that opened and resolve to see them in 2022. Or, as winter weather may finally arrive in January, we have a great list of outdoor skating rinks and another of snow tubing hills that can get families outside. Getting out of town might also look appealing if you're in one of the suburban school districts with winter breaks that extend into the first week of January.

Here are our top picks for events to attend with your kids this weekend!

More Things To Do in Chicago this Week with Kids

If you’re heading out this weekend, be sure to check with the venue for its COVID guidelines and requirements. As of January 3, 2022, many Chicago businesses must require proof of vaccination for people over 5 years old. 

Places featured in this article:


Fountain View Recreation Center

Palos Heights Recreation Center

Naperville Millennium Carillon

The Children's Museum in Oak Lawn

Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Center

Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Center & Picnics

Enchanted Castle Restaurant & Entertainment Complex

Young Gates-KIds Online Personalized Classes

Snowstar Winter Sports Park

Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park

Gallagher Way at Wrigley Field

Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink

Central Athletic Complex- Ice Rink
Art on the Mart
Merchandise Mart - 8:30 PM Pick
Online Guitar Lessons for Kids
Virtual - various times
Online Art Lessons for Kids
Virtual - various times
Online Piano Lessons for Kids
Virtual - various times
5th-6th Grade Virtual Art Classes
online (Zoom) - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides