Remember when New Year's Eve meant champagne toasting and late-night dancing? Remember when the dinner reservations were made for two and you didn't need a high chair? Well, those days might be long gone but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate on New Year's Eve. Lucky for us, there are a host of activities across Fairfield County from celebrations at noon to elegant dinner soirees (that you can enjoy with your children!). If you're looking for some fun kid-friendly New Year's Eve festivities, we've got you covered. Happy New Year!
New Year's Eve at EverWonder Children's Museum - Newtown
Create and decorate your own party hats to ring in the New Year in style. The museum will be closing at 2 PM on Saturday December 31st.
31 Pecks Lane, Newtown, CT 06470
New Year's Eve at Nutmeg Bowl - Fairfield
This year's New Year's Eve celebration at Nutmeg Bowl includes 2.5 hours of unlimited bowling (including shoe rentals), with hats, noisemakers, games, and prizes.
802 Villa Avenue, Fairfield, CT 06825
New Year's Eve Family Fun at the Maritime Aquarium - Norwalk
From a "Bubble-ologist" to magician The Great Dubini, the Maritime Aquarium is offering some of the best New Year's Eve entertainment around--for the whole family. Enjoy comedy and juggling by Peter Straus, squeeze into a giant arcade-style photo booth, and have your face painted by Picasso Parties of West Haven. Add a DJ, cake pops, and a free mocktail bar and you've got yourself a rockin' New Year's afternoon.
10 N. Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06584
Bowlmor - Norwalk
Head to Norwalk's Bowlmor for 2 hours of bowling beginning at 11 AM, 1PM, 3PM or 5 PM. They will have kid-friendly cuisine and a sparkling cider toast!
701 Connecticut Ave. Norwalk, CT 06854
New Year's Eve at the Sports Center of CT - Shelton
Everyone in the family is sure to find something they love at the Sports Center, which has drop-in ice skating from 12:30-2:30 PM and 2:30-4:30 PM and laser tag 11-5 PM.
784 River Road, Shelton, CT 06484
New Year's Eve at the Italian Cente r- Stamford
Enjoy a night on the dance floor at Stamford's Italian Center's New Year's Eve celebration. The Italian Center is a private club, but they open their doors to non-members for this special New Year's Eve party that includes dinner and dancing for adults and entertainment for the younger crowd. Starts at 7 PM.
1620 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905
Outdoor Public Skate at Westport PAL rink -Westport
Westport's outdoor skating rink is sure to delight skaters of all ages-- especially in the sunshine! Open skate is from 11am-6pm and skate rentals are available.
260 Compo Road, Westport, CT 06880
First Night - Westport
For over 30 years, Westport and Wilton have together hosted this wonderful New Year's Eve celebration. With over 30 First Night celebrations, the annual event will feature performances for all ages, like Dennis the Train Man, Stargazing with the Westport Astronomical Society, and family Zumba. Visit the website for the schedule and location of performances.
Various locations in downtown Westport.
Noon Year's Eve - Trumbull
Looking for a fun day-time celebration? The Trumbull library is hosting a countdown to Noon Year's Eve. There will be music, dancing, a balloon drop, and more!
33 Quality Street, Trumbull, CT 06611
All Nighter at Game Haven - Norwalk
Calling all tech geeks and video game enthusiasts. Game Haven is pulling an all nighter on New Year's Eve with food, games, prizes, and yes, plenty of video games. Party starts at noon lasting through the night and, if you stay until morning, you'll even be served breakfast.
10 Cross Street, Norwalk, CT 06851
Noon Year's Eve Party - Fairfield Public Library
Sing, dance and make resolutions for the new year at the Fairfield Library's Noon Year's Eve family. This drop-in program is for families with children in grades K-5.
1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824
Public Skate and Stamford's Twin Rinks - Stamford
Stamford's Twin Rinks is again offering an all-ages New Year's Eve public skate from 10am-4pm. Skate rentals are available.
1063 Hope Street, Stamford, CT 06907
Photo courtesy of Not-So-SAHM