Break out the noisemakers and ring in 2019 with the family. Just do it a few hours earlier, so the kids can take part, too.There are plenty of family-friendly New Year’s Eve events happening in Des Moines. We’ve rounded up 21+ great options for the big (day) night that allow everyone to have fun.
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21+ Fun Spots for Families to Ring in the New Year in Des Moines
Indianola Public Library • 207 N B Street • Indianola, IA 50125 (515) 961-9418
Ring in the (nearly) New Year at Indianola Public Library’s 3rd annual NYEE party! Stories, crafts, activities, and BALLOONS, of course. All ages. Children 6 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
When: Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 10:30 to 11:30 am.
Science Center of Iowa • 401 W Martin Luther King Jr Parkway • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 274-6868
Why should adults have all the fun ringing in the New Year at midnight? Bring the whole family to the Science Center of Iowa to celebrate the New Year 12 hours early! There will be a massive balloon drop in Founders Hall and celebration with noisemakers to kick off 2019 at 12:00 noon! There will be special activities like face painting, balloon twisting, special guests and more.
When: Monday, December 31, 2018 at 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Cost: Noon Year’s Eve activities are included with General Admission – $12.00 Adults, $8.00 Children and Seniors, Children Two and Under are FREE.
Jester Park Nature Center • 12130 NW 128th Street • Granger, IA 50109 • (515) 323-5350
Come celebrate the New Year with Mother Nature. Activities will include a short nature hike, noisemaker craft, animal themed snack and a countdown to midnight. Pre-registration required; deadline is December 27.
When: Monday, December 31, 2018 at 9:00 am OR 2:00 pm.
Des Moines Children’s Museum • Valley West Mall • 1551 Valley W Drive • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 218-8344
Celebrate the New Year at noon at the Des Moines Children’s Museum. Take pictures in their photo booth, make a noise maker, and grab a juice box for a countdown to noon! Dance Party included.
When: Monday, December 31, 2018 at 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cost: Ages 1-10: $4.50; Under 1 or over 10:Donations appreciated but not required.
South Side Library • 1111 Porter Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50315 • (515) 283-4152
Kids! Celebrate New Year’s Eve early at South with a science experiment and crafts! Stop by and make confetti poppers to take home or concoct a glitter volcano. For youth ages 5-12. Parent or guardian must be present with children.
When: Monday, December 31, 2018 at 10:00 am to 11:00 am.
GiGi’s Playhouse Des Moines • 6507 University Avenue • Windsor Heights, IA 50324
Join GiGi’s Playhouse for a special Noon Years Eve Open Play Mac & Cheese day! They’ll have mac & cheese, green beans, and hotdogs at noon. Open Play invites families and their friends to the Playhouse for playtime. Open Play helps promote positive beginnings for new families with a child with Down syndrome, creates awareness opportunities for peers and friends, as well as support and networking for current families. Come ready for fun and a crazy good time. Open to families with children of all ages and their friends. Please RSVP.
When: Monday, December 31, 2018 at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
East Side Library • 2559 Hubbell Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50317 • (515) 283-4152
Join the East Side Library for a New Year’s Eve Lego movie marathon! During the movies they will have legos, duplos and Mega-Bloks and lego themed crafts available for you to build and create with, and many Lego books and materials for you to read and check out.
When: Monday, December 31, 2018 movies at 10:00 am; 12:00 noon; and 2:00 pm
Pump It Up • 4069 121st Street • Urbandale, IA 50323 • (515) 270-5017 •
Pump It Up will have all the inflatable fun you can handle! Kids will receive New Year’s party favors and there will be a balloon drop at 12:00 noon. It’s a great way to end 2018 – with fun, quality family time. Register by December 28th.
When: Monday, December 31st at 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
Cost: $10 per child
Kirkendall Public Library • 1210 NW Prairie Ridge Drive • Ankeny, Iowa 50023 • (515) 965-6460
Ring in the New Year without staying up late! Partiers will enjoy stories, a craft, dancing & more! The Noon Year’s Eve celebration will conclude with a countdown to 12:00 Noon.
When: Monday, December 31, 2018 at 10:30 am to 12:00 Noon.
Warrior Lanes • 190 Laurel Street • Waukee, IA 50263 • (515) 987-4840
Bring the family to Warrior Lanes in Waukee for a safe, fun-filled New Year’s celebration. They will have fun party favors, decorations, a countdown to noon for kids and of course Glow bowling. This is an alcohol free event.
When: Monday, December 31, 2018 at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Cost: $69.95 per lane includes: 2 hours of glow bowling, shoe rental, one large pizza and pitcher of pop. Maximum of six bowlers per lane.
Altoona Public Library • 700 8th Street SW • Altoona, IA 50009 • (515) 967-3881
The Altoona Public Library is celebrating the New Year early! Join them for a special Kids IRL party celebrating their favorite books from 2018.They will serve snacks and play games based on popular children’s books. At noon they will “drop” the ball for a special surprise! Grades 1-5. Registration is required.
When: Monday, December 31, 2018 at 11:00 am.
Clive Public Library • 1900 NW 114th Street • Clive, IA 50325 • (515) 453-2221
Celebrate the New Year with a special Noon Year’s Eve party at the Clive Public Library! You will ring in 2019 early with a variety of family friendly activities such as crafts, dancing, treats, and a balloon drop countdown at noon. You won’t want to miss the celebration! Registration required.
When: Monday, December 31 at 11:00 am.
Urbandale Public Library • 3520 86th Street • Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 278-3945
Not sure you’ll make it to midnight? Count down the noon year with some fun at the Urbandale Public Library! Dancing, balloons, and more, plus the event concludes with a ball drop at the stroke of noon.
When: Monday, December 31 at 11:00 am.
Great Escape 655 NE 56th Street • Pleasant Hill, IA 50327 • (515) 263-1700
Roll in the New Year at Great Escape! Enjoy two hours of unlimited laser light bowling, fun music, an assortment of prizes and complementary fries with a drink. All for just $12 per youth bowler! See the Great Escape customer service desk or contact Jodi 5151-263-1700 to reserve your spot!
When: Monday, December 31 at 11:00 am.
Cost: $12 per bowler
Hy-Vee • 1700 Valley West Drive • West Des Moines, IA 50266
Join the Valley West Hy-Vee for a Noon Year’s Eve balloon drop! They’ll have activities, games, food specials and more leading up to the big balloon drop at NOON. You won’t want to miss this!
When: Monday, December 31 at 11:00 am to 12:00 noon
Brenton Skating Plaza • 520 Robert D. Ray Drive • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 284-1000
Ring in the New Year ice skating when Brenton skating plaza will be “all a glow”. One FREE glow stick will be provided with each paid admission, starting at 9:00 pm, while supplies last. The Brenton Skating plaza will be open for public skate until midnight.
When: Monday, December 31, 2018 at 12:00 noon to 12:00 Midnight.
Cost: $8.50 for Adults; $5.25 for Children (age 6-12) and Seniors; Children 5 and under FREE.
Wells Fargo Arena • 233 Center Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 564-8700
Iowa Wild’s New Year’s Day Game is presented by Greater Des Moines Partnership. They will kick off the year taking on the Chicago Wolves. Families will enjoy postgame fireworks on the ice.
When: Monday, December 31, 2018 at 2:30 pm.
Cost: Tickets start at $10.
Skate North Incrediroll • 5621 Meredith Drive • Des Moines, IA 50310 • (515) 238-1690
Get your kids excited about the New Year by going roller skating at Skate North Incrediroll.
When: Monday, December 31, 2018 at 4:00 to 9:00 pm.
Cost: $50 includes: admission for up to five, skate rental and one large pizza.
Ramada Tropics Resort • 5000 Merle Hay Road • Des Moines, IA 50322 • (515) 278-0271
Celebrate the New Year with a splash! Ramada Tropics Resort is offering a New Year’s Eve Party package. The Package includes: one night’s accommodation, four Indoor water park passes, New Year’s party favors and a countdown to midnight beach ball drop. The water park, gift shop and arcade will all be open until 12:30 am. There will also be a dinner buffet available in the ballroom. Call to book your room package.
When: Monday, December 31, 2018, check in at 3:00 pm and check out at noon on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.
Cost: Cost varies by room accommodation. Please call the hotel directly for information and rates.
Merle Hay Mall • 3800 Merle Hay Road • Des Moines, IA 50310
Hop into 2019 with Hop-A-Lot! They’ll have a photo booth set up with all kinds of props and they will be playing all the hits from 2018 all day. Jimmy’s Corner cafe will be selling food all day with FREE samples for everyone at 6:00 pm. Balloon and money drop at 7:30 PM!
When: Monday, December 31, 2018 at 4:00 to 8:00 pm
Cost: Admission is $6.00 for all day.
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa • 5615 Hickman Road • Des Moines, IA 50310
Why let Mom and Dad have all the fun this New Year’s Eve? Have your own party! Camp Fire will be bringing in 2019 in style at Camp Hantesa! Stay up late, dance, play games and much more. Meals and snacks provided.
When: Monday, December 31, 2018 4:30 pm to January 1, 2019 at 10:30 am
Cost: $70/child (Overnight only) or $95/child (Day Camp on the 31st and Overnight)
Civic Center • 221 Walnut Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 246-2300
This year, ring in the New Year with the soaring sounds of Broadway. The Tony-nominated Callaway Sisters sing showstoppers from West Side Story, Chicago, Funny Girl, Wicked and more in an evening of wit, humor and the greatest songs of Broadway backed by the full orchestral power of your Des Moines Symphony!
When: Monday, December 31, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $35
Stoner Studio Theater • 221 Walnut Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 246-2300
Ring in the New Year with a few laughs. Comedy XPeriment is Des Moines’ premier long-form improvisation team. Each show is unique to itself as the genesis for the show is based on suggestions from the audience. Even the performers themselves don’t know what could happen in a show. Recommended for kids ages 10+.
When: Monday, December 31, 2018 at 10:00 pm
Cost: $30 per ticket
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