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Top 5 Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve with the Family Around Cleveland

Jeff SeehorschDecember 15, 2018

Who says New Year’s Eve is for adults only? Before you book a sitter this year, check out these fun, unique ways to ring in the new year with the whole family.

1. Let the Kids Go Wild

Do your kids have any interest in magic shows, bowling, unique games, carpet skating 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 Celebration at Great Lakes Science Center
Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland
December 31 – 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
$13.95 to $16.95 admission

Give your kids a magical experience at the Great Lakes Science Center. From an awe-inspiring fire and ice show to thrilling games and carpet skating (think sliding in socks on a hardwood floor, only it’s on carpet!), there’s tons of fun to be had. And at precisely 2:19, there will be an epic balloon drop to welcome 2019!

New Year’s Eve Party at Roseland Lanes
Roseland Lanes, Bedford
Parties offered from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
$120 per lane for a party (includes up to 6 people)

Don’t worry about parking, big crowds or overpriced meals. Take all the pressure off and have a great time at a bowling bonanza. Roseland Lanes in Bedford offers cosmic bowling, cool side-games, prizes, dancing and a sparkling toast at midnight.

2. Mix Culture and Fun

New Year’s Eve is a day to reflect on the past, get excited about the future and have fun at the same time. What better place to do all three than at a library or museum?

New Year’s at Noon
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
December 31st – 10 a.m.
$17 admission for adults ($14 for children 3-18; Free for children 2 and younger)

Looking for something educational and interactive for the kids? Let them see the Cleveland Museum of Natural History come to life with hands-on activities, crafts and “dinosaur egg drops” that promise some cool surprises.

Noon Year’s Eve at Akron-Summit Public Library
Akron-Summit Public Library, Akron
December 31st – 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Free admission

There’s no need to keep quiet at the library on New Year’s Eve. Count down to noon and celebrate with a large crowd of new friends as you play games, enjoy free snacks and engage in fun activities together.

3. Go Outside and Play

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

Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink
Public Square, Cleveland
December 31st – 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
$10 admission ($7 if you bring your own skates)

Take a spin on the ice in a fun, festive atmosphere at the Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink, which has become a holiday tradition for many families throughout Ohio.

New Year’s Celebration at the Park
Summit Metro Parks, Akron
December 31st – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free admission

Want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? Plan an escape to the wilderness. The folks at Summit Metro Parks will be your guide and provide plenty of fun activities to bring you closer to nature. After a short hike, take part in a toast at noon and cozy up around the campfire.

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. In addition to featuring exotic animals and holiday themed settings, many zoos throughout Ohio are making New Year’s Eve extra special.

Noon Year’s Eve Presented by Keybank
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Cleveland
December 31st – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$14.95 admission; $10.95 for children 2-11; Free for children under 2
(VIP tickets are $25 for members, $20 for members)

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will be hosting Zoo Year’s Eve, featuring music, dancing, crafts and more. If you want more family friendly activities and a zoo character meet and greet, purchase VIP tickets for a special event at their Stillwater Place banquet hall, which will also provide brunch.

Zoo Year’s Eve
Akron Zoo, Akron
December 31st – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
$7 admission (Free for members and children under 2)

Bring your kids to watch the ball drop “zoo style” when the clock strikes noon. Before and after, enjoy a full slate of animal encounters, special craft making, live music and much more.

5. Take a Trip to a First Night

There’s no better way to make New Year’s Eve feel BIG than to spend it with a huge crowd and live music. With Akron retiring it’s First Night celebration, why not pack up the car and make an in-state road trip to another big city bash?

First Night Youngstown
Downtown Youngstown
December 31st – 3 p.m. – 12 a.m.
$10 admission (Free for children under 12)

From live bands and magic shows to face painting, ice skating and fireworks, you’ll experience a field day for the senses at First Night Youngstown. Thousands gather every year to celebrate as a community, and whether you spend your time at the Harry Potter Experience, the Planetarium Show or Murder Mystery Dinner, you’ll feel right at home.

First Night Columbus
Downtown Columbus
December 31st – 5:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.
$15 admission day of ($10 presale)

Through an alliance of more than 100 cities that showcase the visual and performing arts, First Night Columbus is a spectacular celebration. Enjoy live music, dancing, magic shows, face painting, a planetarium and plenty of games for families, all the way through midnight.

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Jeff Seehorsch

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