I cannot tell a lie: one of my resolutions for 2016 is to sleep more so a New Year's Eve that gets the whole family to bed well before midnight sounds perfect to me. As fate would have it, there are a host of activities across Fairfield County for like minded folks who are interested in family fun of the daytime variety...and even some later night options for the more ambitious. From elegant feasts to bowling to inflatable fun, we've got you covered. Happy New Year!
New Year's Eve at Nutmeg Bowl—Fairfield
The New Year's Eve Spectacular at Nutmeg Bowl includes 2.5 hours of unlimited bowling (including shoe rentals), as well as food, games, and prizes.
802 Villa Avenue, 203-367-7741
Noon Year's Eve at the Maritime Aquarium—Norwalk
There will be a special countdown during the 11:45 seal feeding. After, stick around the Aquarium visiting all the exhibits before catching the 4:00pm screening of The Polar Express in the Maritime Aquarium's IMAX theater.
10 N. Water Street, 203-852-0700
Noon Year's Eve at Pump It Up—Norwalk
Pump It Up offers two special family New Year's celebrations: one from 10:00am to noon and another from 1:00 to 3:00pm. The event includes a special balloon drop and a sparkling cider toast, as well as the usual bouncing and jumping that guarantees kids will be asleep long before midnight.
145 Main Street, 203-838-5867
Take the family bowling at the renovated Bowlmor in Norwalk! They are offering a New Year's Eve family package that includes 2 hours of unlimited bowling beginning at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, or 5pm, as well as kid-friendly cuisine and a sparkling cider toast.
701 Connecticut Avenue, 203-838-7501
New Year's Eve at the SportsCenter of CT—Shelton
Everyone in the family is sure to find something they love at the SportsCenter, which has drop-in ice skating and lazer tag as well as miniature golf, a driving range, and a video game arcade.
784 River Road, 203-929-6500
Public Skate at Stamford's Twin Rinks—Stamford
Stamford Twin rinks is hosting a public skate on New Year’s Eve from 10am – 3:50 pm.
1063 Hope Street, 203-968-9000
New Year's Eve at the Italian Center—Stamford
The Italian Center is a private club, but they open their doors to non-members for their extravagant New Year's Eve party that includes dinner and dancing for the adults, as well as entertainment for the younger crew.
1620 Newfield Avenue, 203-322-6941
Skating at the Westport PAL Rink—Westport
Skating is great; skating in the sunshine is even better! Westport’s PAL rink is outdoors, and in nice weather, it’s a sure hit.
260 Compo Road South, 203-226-7465
Westport and Wilton will also be hosting their annual First Night celebrations. Visit downtown Westport to enjoy numerous artists including fortune tellers, musical performances, caricaturists and more. Food is available at local eateries.
Various locations in downtown Westport, 203-341-1041