Ring in 2020 at a Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration in Des Moines!

Ring in 2020 at a Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration in Des Moines!

There are plenty of ways to ring in 2020 in Des Moines. We’ve rounded up the city’s best family-friendly options including Noon Year’s Eve parties, parties hosted by local attractions and family-friendly shows. However, you welcome the New Year, we hope it’s a blast!

You can find even more seasonal fun in our Holiday Guide and more fun things to do with kids on school break. And we have even more events on the website Calendar and in our Weekend Fun Guide.

Here’s where you can ring in 2020 as a family in Des Moines:

Saturday Stories – Nearly New Year’s Eve Party

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

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

When: Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 10:30 to 11:00 am

Cost: FREE

Youth Blackout Bowling Party

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. See the Great Escape customer service desk or contact Jodi at (515) 263-1700 to reserve your spot!

When: Monday, December 30 at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Cost: $13 per bowler

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 2020 at 12:00 noon! There will be special activities like face painting, balloon twisting, special guests and more.

When: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 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 STEM

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: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

Cost: FREE

New Year’s Eve Palooza

Johnston Public Library • 6700 Merle Hay Road • Johnston, IA 50131 • (515) 278-5233

Drop in anytime between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm for a fun New Year’s Eve celebration. Follow a scavenger hunt throughout the library and earn prizes as you go. Create a party hat, earn 2020 glasses, and finish the day off with a fun photo at the photo booth! Open to kids of all ages and their grown up.

When: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Cost: FREE

Kung Fu Panda Kick’n Off the New Year

East Side Library • 2559 Hubbell Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50317 • (515) 283-4152

Kick off the New Year with a Kung Fu Panda movie marathon at the East Side Library! Create panda masks to wear, play with foam, and enjoy light refreshments during their celebration of the New Year with movies, books, fun and games.

When: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Cost: FREE

Noon Year’s Eve Party

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

Families can celebrate the New Year early with games, crafts, activities, and more.  Join the countdown to noon and party at Franklin Avenue Library.

When: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 11:00 am to 12:00 noon

Cost: FREE

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: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 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.

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 Noon-Year’s Eve

Altoona Public Library • 700 8th Street SW • Altoona, IA 50009 • (515) 967-3881

Are you ready to count down to the New Year, but you don’t want to stay up until midnight? The whole family can join in the fun for a Noon Year’s Eve party at the Altoona Public Library! All ages are invited. Registration is required.

When: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 11:00 am to 12:00 noon

Cost: FREE

Noon Year’s Eve Party

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 2020 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: Tuesday, December 31 at 11:00 am to 12:00 noon

Cost: FREE

Noon Years Eve

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. Registration required.

When: Tuesday, December 31 at 11:00 am.

Cost: FREE

Noon Year’s Eve Party

Northside Library • 3516 5th Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50313 • (515) 283-4152

Celebrate the start of 2020 at North Side. There will be crafts, a dance party, and a countdown to the “Noon Year”!

When: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Cost: FREE

New Year’s Eve at Brenton Skating Plaza

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

Ring in the New Year ice skating at Brenton Skating Plaza.  Enjoy ice skating all day from 12:00 noon to 11:55 pm.  At 8:00 pm they will host a “Glow Skate” party full of fun glow sticks and colorful lights.

When: Tuesday, December 31, 2019.
New Year’s Eve Skate is 12:00 noon to 11:55 pm.
Glow Skate is 8:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.

Cost: $10.00 for Adults; $6.50 for Children (age 6-12) and Seniors; Children 5 and under FREE.

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 Brenton Skating Plaza.  They will kick off the year taking on the Texas Stars.  Families will enjoy postgame fireworks on the ice.

When: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Cost: Tickets start at $11.

Hop-A-Lot NYE Party!

Hop-A-Lot Rentals • Merle Hay Mall • 3800 Merle Hay Road • Des Moines, IA 50310 • (515) 255-9620

Take the kids to celebrate “New Years Eve” at Hop-A-Lot in Merle Hay Mall. They will have not one, but TWO balloon drops starting at 7:30 pm. The first drop is for kids six and under, the second is for kids seven and over.  In addition they’ll have unlimited inflatable fun, music games and prizes to ring in the New Year “kids style”.

When: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 4:00 to 8:00 pm

Cost: $5 Entry and $5 Meal Deals

New Year’s Eve Overnight!

Camp Hantesa • 1450 Oriole Road • Boone, IA 50036 • (515) 274-1501

Why let Mom and Dad have all the fun this New Year’s Eve? Have your
own party! Camp Fire of Iowa will be ringing in the new year in style at Camp Hantesa! Stay up late, dance, play games, and much more! Meals and
snacks provided. Drop Sites in Des Moines, Ames, and Boone!

When: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 4:30 pm to Tuesday, January 1, 2020 at 10:30 am

Cost: $5 Entry and $5 Meal Deals

Des Moines Symphony New Year’s Eve Pops: Cirque at the Symphony

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

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Des Moines Symphony! With jaw-dropping feats of athletic prowess and gravity-defying acrobatics, Troupe Vertigo’s acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and more will take you on a spellbinding journey choreographed to thrilling live music and performed with the full orchestral power of your Des Moines Symphony. Ring in the New Year with an electrifying evening of entertainment as these incredible aerial artists swing from the rafters of the Civic Center!

When: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Cost: Tickets start at $35

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: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 10:00 pm

Cost: $12.00 – $25.00 per ticket

 

 

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