Looking for something fun to do with your kids for New Year’s Eve in the Rockford area? There are many events happening during the day so your kids can celebrate the new year without having to stay up until midnight!

We’ll be adding to this list as we find events. If you know of an event, send us an email at hello@statelinekids.com.

New Year Around The World at Burpee Museum

Where: Burpee Museum of Natural History
737 N. Main Street, Rockford, Illinois 61103

When: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: $2/members, $10/adults 13 and older, $9/children 4-12, children 3 and under are free

Details: Burpee Museum will celebrate cultural diversity with traditions, decorations, and dances from around the world. Use your passport to visit the different cultures, make lots of crafts, and welcome the New Year. View traditional artifacts used in celebrations and discover animals from the far reaches of the world. These animals and artifacts are from Burpee Museum’s Permanent Collection and are seldom seen. Learn of New Year’s traditions from Rockford’s Sister Cities plus numerous other local ethnic groups, who will have displays of the geography and culture of their countries. Join the hourly countdown welcoming 2019 as the sun travels the globe. There will be a parade through the museum with hats and noisemakers. Buy tickets here.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2258210904191079/

Noon Year’s Eve at Carlson Ice Arena

Where: Carlson Ice Arena
4150 N Perryville Rd, Loves Park, IL

When: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Cost: $8 per person

Details: Carlson Ice Arena will host a Noon Year’s Eve celebration that includes a skate and play special. Kids will have public skate admission, skate rental, and Sapora Playworld admission. There will be a countdown and balloon drop at noon.

Facebook event:https://www.facebook.com/events/266342814050342/

Noon Year’s Eve Party at Cherry Valley Public Library

Where: Cherry Valley Library
755 E State St, Cherry Valley, IL

When: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: Free

Details: Cherry Valley Library will host a Noon Year’s Eve party for kids ages 2 – 6 years old. They will listen to a story, make party hats, have noisemakers, and celebrate the New Year with a toast. Registration is required, call 815-332-5161 to register your child.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/337523153694176/

Free New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop at Coral Cove

Where: Coral Cove
586 Progressive Ln, South Beloit, IL

When: 12:00 pm – 12:01 pm

Cost: Free

Details: Coral Cove will be having a free New Year’s Eve balloon drop at noon. Balloons are stuffed with tickets, tokens, candy, and other small prizes. No registration is required.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/273497036645519/

Countdown to Fun at Discovery Center

Where: Discovery Center Museum
711 N Main St, Rockford, IL

When: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost: $8 per person, kids under 1 are free

Details: Discovery Center will have a New Year’s countdown where kids can design a party hat, create a noisemaker, and get showered with confetti as they countdown to midnight each hour. Included with admission to the museum.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2140794136237854/

Family Glow Bowling at Diamond Lanes

Where: Diamond Lanes
1218 Cranston Rd, Beloit, WI

When: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm or 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Cost: $7 per person

Details: Diamond Lanes will host a family glow bowling celebration. Admission includes bowling, shoe rental, face painting, prizes and fun.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/357258241500420/

Family Moonlight Bowl at Cherry Bowl

Where: The Cherry Bowl
7171 Cherryvale North Blvd, Rockford, IL

When: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm or 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Cost: $14 per person (with reservation), $15 per person at the door

Details: Cherry Bowl will celebrate a countdown to the New Year with an entertaining Family Moonlight Bowl. Admission includes unlimited bowling, shoe rental, pizza, soda, giveaways, party favors, and more. Call 815-332-9595 to reserve your spot.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1403641976433561/

Family Open Bowl at Cherry Bowl

Where: The Cherry Bowl
7171 Cherryvale North Blvd, Rockford, IL

When: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Cost: $.50 per game for kids 16 years old and under with an adult paying regular price

Details: Cherry Bowl is throwing a 50 Cent Bowling Games Family Bowl celebration. Kids must be 16 years old or younger with a regular priced game paying adult. Hot dogs are also $.50. There will be giveaways.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/293770381258973/

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