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 ton of family-friendly 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. And if you're lucky enough to have booked a babysitter or the grandparents want to stay in with the kids, we've thrown in a few grown-up options, too. Happy New Year!
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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
Noon Year's Eve Family Fun at the Maritime Aquarium - Norwalk
From a "Bubble-ologist" to a DJ to a special noontime countdown, 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
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
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
Spirits of Milford New Years Eve Ghost Walk - Milford
Brave the unknown while learning about local history on a New Years Eve ghost walk. The 1.5 mile loop takes you past historical sites and places where some of Milford's most macabre events took place. Technically this is New Haven County, but it was just too unique not to include!
Hotchkiss Bridge, Factory Lane, Milford, CT 06460
Masquerade Ball at Walrus & Carpenter - Bridgeport
Ring in the New Year at this hip Black Rock spot where the drinks are crafted with care and the food is nothing short of indulgent. Don your fancy dress and ring in the new year with live music from party band The Pocket Hotties. This is your chance to celebrate like you used to...just remember you have to get up earlier now.
2895 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605
Dancing New Years Eve at Stamford Sheraton Hotel - Stamford
This event has it all--not only can you arrive early for some dance lessons, the evening also includes dinner and a New Years Eve party complete with ballroom dancing. Put on your fancy shoes and head over to Sheraton Stamford to swing into 2018 in serious style.
700 E Main Street, Stamford, CT 06901
The Hops Company - Derby
OK. Again technically this one is in New Haven County, but The Hops Company was voted Best Beer Bar by a Connecticut Magazine readers choice poll so their NYE event seems to warrant a mention. Cover charge gets you one free drink plus a DJ all night.
77 Sodom Lane, Derby, CT 06418
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