2017 Family-Friendly New Year’s Celebrations in Des Moines

2017 Family-Friendly New Year’s Celebrations in Des Moines

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Cheers to 2108! These local spots know that celebrating the New Year shouldn’t be for adults only. So, they’ve got some fun parties and activities up their sleeves for kids and families, complete with balloon drops and fun for all ages.

12 Fun Spots for Families to Ring in the New Year in Des Moines

New Year’s Eve Eve Party

Indianola Public Library • 207 N B Street • Indianola, IA 50125 • (515) 961-9418

Ring in the (almost) New Year at Indianola Public Library’s 2nd annual NYEE party! Stories, crafts, activities, and BALLOONS, of course. All ages. Children 6 & under must be accompanied by an adult.

When: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 10:30 to 11:15 am.

Cost: FREE

Saturday STEM: New Year’s Edition

Franklin Avenue Library • 5000 Franklin Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50310 • (515) 283-4152

Join the Franklin Avenue Library for some fun and science! You will make confetti poppers, sparkly slime, and use baking soda, vinegar and confetti to create fun eruptions. For ages 5-12.

When: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 11:00 am to 11:45 am.

Cost: FREE

Noon Year’s Eve

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 2018 at 12:00 noon! There will be special activities like face painting, balloon twisting, special guests and more.

When: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.

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.

New Year’s Eve –


Brenton Skating Plaza • 520 Robert D. Ray Drive • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 284-1000

Ring in the New Year ice skating.  The Brenton Skating plaza will be open for public skate until midnight.

When: Sunday, December 31,, 2017 at 10:00 am to 12:00 Midnight.

Cost: $8.00 for Adults; $5.00 for Children (age 6-12) and Seniors; Children 5 and under FREE.

Bounce in the New Year

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 and 5:30 pm.  It’s a great way to end 2017 – with fun, quality family time.

When: Sunday, December 31st at 10:30 am to 12:00 noon and 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

Cost: $12 per child pre-registered; $15 per child at the door.

Count Down 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: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Cost: $65 per lane includes: 2 hours of glow bowling, shoe rental, one large pizza and pitcher of pop.  Maximum of six bowlers per lane.

Roll into the New Year

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 during Skate North Incrediroll’s Open Skate times on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

When: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 1:30 to 4:00 pm and Monday, January 1, 2018 at 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Cost: $6 per session. $3 roller skates, $3 inline skates, $3 skate mates.

New Year’s Eve Party

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: Sunday, December 31, 2017, check in at 3:00 pm and check out at noon on Saturday, January 1, 2017.

Cost: Standard Room $179; Standard Poolside $209; Standard Poolside Suite $290; Poolside King Suite w/ Whirlpool $375; or Presidential Suite $550

GuideOne ImaginEve

Hy-Vee Hall • 733 Third Street • Downtown Des Moines • (515) 286-4950

Des Moines’ biggest New Year’s Eve party for kids! Kids and families will enjoy a countdown to the New Year with a Times Square-like confetti drop at 8:00 pm.  This FREE family fun event features inflatable rides and bounce houses, mascots, carnival games with prizes, costumed characters, toddler zone, and dancers. For kids ages 10 and up, GuideOne ImaginEve offers a Tween Zone, with special offerings just for kids ages 10 and up! The evening will wrap up with a spectacular fireworks show at 8:15 pm.

When: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 4:00 to 8:00 pm.

Cost: FREE

Des Moines Symphony New Year’s Eve Pops: The Classics of Motown

Civic Center • 221 Walnut Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 •  (515) 246-2300

The hottest ticket in town is the Des Moines Symphony’s annual New Year’s Eve Pops! This year, ring in the New Year with the classic sounds of Motown featuring award-winning vocal group Spectrum. You’ll hear all your favorite Motown hits – from “Under the Boardwalk” to “Soul Man” and more – backed by the full orchestral power of your Des Moines Symphony.

When: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Cost: Tickets start at $60

Comedy XPeriment

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: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 10:00 pm

Cost: $25 per ticket

Iowa Wild Hockey Game

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 and FREE Cash’s Kids Meal, which includes a hot dog, small drink, small popcorn and prize for kids 12 and under.

When: Monday, January 1, 2018 at 12:00 noon.

Cost: Tickets start at $10.



How does your family plan on welcoming 2018 in Des Moines? Let us know!

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