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!
All of these events are happening on Tuesday, December 31st.
We’ll be adding to this list as we find events. If you know of an event, send us an email at email@example.com.
New Years Around The World at Burpee Museum
Where: Burpee Museum of Natural History
737 N. Main Street, Rockford, Illinois 61103
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: $10 adults / $8 children 4 – 8 years old, kids up to 3 are free
Details: Celebrate by making New Year noisemakers, crowns, and wands! Join Burpee to count down to the hourly leaf drop and parade, listening to songs and watching dance performances! Try new traditions yourself, learn a new dance, or come face to face with a live animal from the country of your choice! Pet a tegu from Argentina, watch the eyes of a chameleon from Yemen, or examine a gecko from Madagascar! Guests receive a passport for collecting stamps as they visit the various cultures and participate in many special event activities. Don’t miss the performances of dancing from around the world including Folklorica, Krakowiaczek Polish Dancers, the Swedish Historical Society Lucia Choir, and the Sterling Quartet, and many more!
Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at Carlson Ice Arena
Where: Carlson Ice Arena
4150 N Perryville Rd, Loves Park, IL
When: 10 am – 2 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/435216420704031/
Story Hour Noon Year’s Eve at Talcott Free Library
Where: Talcott Free Library
101 E. Main St., Rockton, IL
When: 10 am – 11 am
Details: Listen to a story from Miss Lisa and Miss Holly and do crafts. Party starts at 10 am, countdown starts at 11 am.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2823522017736955/
New Year’s Eve Bowling at Forest Hills Lanes
Where: Forest Hills Lanes
7742 Forest Hills Rd., Loves Park, IL
When: 11 am – 8 pm
Cost: $10 per person
Details: Enjoy 90 minutes of Unlimited Bowling, Shoe Rental, Laser Lights, Great Music, Prizes and Lots more for just $10 per person. Countdown to New Year’s during each time slot. 5 shifts to choose from starting at 11 am. Call 815-654-3900 to reserve your spot.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/406611440219127
New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop at Coral Cove
Where: Coral Cove Family Fun Center
586 Progressive Ln., South Beloit, IL
When: 12 pm
Details: There will be a free balloon drop at 12 pm. Balloons will contain tickets, tokens and more.
Family Cosmic New Year’s Eve Bowling Party at Don Carter Lanes
Where: Don Carter Lanes
4007 E. State St., Rockford, IL
When: 12 pm – 2 pm or 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Cost: $75 per lane (1-8 people per lane)
Details: Enjoy two hours of unlimited bowling for everyone on your lane (up to 8 people), shoe rental for all bowlers, 2 pizzas per lane, unlimited pop, and party favors. There will be music and lights and a New Year’s countdown. Register by call 815-399-0314.
New Year’s Eve Cosmic Bowl at Park Lanes
Where: Park Lanes
5318 N. 2nd St., Loves Park, IL
When: 1:30 pm – 4 pm or 5:30 pm – 8 pm
Cost: $16 per person, kids under 5 are $6
Details: Enjoy bowling, party favors, countdowns and a meal.
Countdown to Fun at Discovery Center
Where: Discovery Center Museum
711 N Main St, Rockford, IL
When: 12 pm – 4 pm
Cost: $9 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/454518835217301/
Family Glow Bowling at Diamond Lanes
Where: Diamond Lanes
1218 Cranston Rd, Beloit, WI
When: 1 – 3 pm or 4 – 6pm
Cost: $8 per person includes shoe rental
Details: Diamond Lanes will host a family glow bowling celebration. Admission includes bowling and shoe rental.
Family New Year Eve Special Skate at Skateland
4843 Stenstrom Rd., Rockford, IL
When: 2 pm – 4:30 pm
Cost: $7 per person includes shoe rental
Details: Kids can skate, get a hat, noisemaker and participate in a balloon drop.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/481241489197320