Top 5 Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve with the Family in Metro Detroit

Who says New Year’s Eve is for adults only? Before you book a sitter this year, check out these fun family-friendly events happening throughout Metro Detroit to ring in the new year.

1. Celebrate With Your Community

There’s no better way to make New Year’s Eve feel big than to spend it with a lively crowd in (or around) your hometown. You’ll find both and a lot more at these festive community-driven celebrations.

New Year’s Eve Family Night Out
Troy Community Center, Troy
December 31st – 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
$5 admission for residents ($7 for non-residents)

Looking for ways to stay active on New Year’s Eve? Head over to the Troy Community Center and your kids can shoot some hoops, do some swimming or bounce around in a giant inflatable castle.

The Big, Bright Light Show in Rochester
Downtown Rochester
December 31st – 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Free admission

Experience one of Michigan’s most dazzling holiday settings in Downtown Rochester, where the buildings shine with over one million points of glimmering light. Whether you browse the unique shops or cruise the streets from the warmth of your car, you’ll be in good company as you celebrate the night in a festive glow.

Rockin’ NYE in Downtown Wyandotte
Downtown Wyandotte
December 31st – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free admission

The main attraction in Wyandotte is a 1,000-pound steel ball lit up by color-changing LED lights that will drop at 9 p.m. for families and at midnight for adults – but there’s a lot going on to keep you busy until then. Enjoy live music, games and family-friendly activities in a comfy, heated tent.

2. Let the Kids Go Nuts

Do your kids have any interest in swimming, bounce houses, games, pizza or just running around like their hair is on fire? Then you have plenty of options to make their New Year’s Eve a blast.

New Year’s Eve Sleepover
Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield
December 31st – January 1st – 6 p.m. – 9 a.m.
Packages range from $75-$90 (Must preregister)

Want the party to keep going past midnight? At Southfield’s Franklin Athletic Club, the New Year’s Eve Sleepover features swimming, games, scavenger hunts, a glow party and breakfast in the morning.

Splash Bash New Year’s Eve 2018
Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights Waterpark, Sterling Heights
December 31st – January 1st
Packages start at $199 for 4, includes admission to waterpark and hotel
(Must make reservation)

As you might expect, your kids will be doing a lot of splashing around at Wyndham Garden Sterling Inn Indoor Waterpark, but that’s not all. After your kids dry off they can jump into a video game party or get some serious air on multiple bouncers.

3. Go Outside and Play

You don’t have to stay inside to beat the chill. Lace up your ice skates or running shoes and you can warm up quickly while enjoying the outdoors.

The Rink at Campus Martius Park
Campus Martius, Detroit
(Open 7 days a week) December 31st hours – 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
$10 for adults; $8 for children 12 and under; $5 skate rental

The Rink at Campus Martius Park is one of Michigan’s most iconic and festive holiday settings, and it’s open to skaters of all ages until midnight on New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve Family Fun Run/Walk
Belle Isle Casino, Detroit
December 31st – 3:30 p.m.
$20 for children 12 & under; $40 for 13 and older

Across the river at Belle Isle, you can start the new year on the right foot at Michigan’s longest held running event – the Belle Isle New Year’s Eve Family Fun Run/Walk. This non-competitive race is for kids of all ages, and all children 12 and under receive trophies at the finish line.

4. Hang Out with Some Party Animals

The zoo might not come to mind during the winter, which is partly what makes it such a cool destination on New Year’s Eve. If you have any little animal lovers in your home, make this New Year’s Eve one they won’t forget.

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo
Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak
November 17th – December 31st
5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. - $17 admission

The Detroit Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland during “Wild Lights” throughout November and December, with more than five million LED lights and over 200 animal sculptures. Wild Lights ends on New Year’s Eve, so take the family and enjoy the holiday glow!

5. Light Up the Night

Ever wonder where those loud pops going off in the distance are coming from on NYE? Take the kids to see a dazzling fireworks display and make this New Year’s Eve unforgettable

New Year’s Eve in Never Never Land – Mount Clemens
Downtown Mount Clemens
December 31st – 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free admission (Small fee associated with some activities)

At “Never Never Land” in downtown Mount Clemens, families can enjoy a petting zoo, train rides, magic shows and a ball drop with fireworks just for the kids at 9 p.m. There will also be a more traditional fireworks display at midnight.

Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at Mt. Brighton
Mt. Brighton, Brighton
December 31st – 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Free admission
($49 lift ticket required for skiing and snowboarding; $44 for children)

How does a night of skiing, snowboarding, and dancing sound? You’ll find it all at Mt. Brighton, not to mention a live DJ, balloon artist, face painter and photo booth. Cap the evening off with a spectacular firework show, and you have one of the coolest New Year’s Eve events in Michigan.

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