Ring in the New Year with Kid-Friendly Celebrations in Des Moines

Ring in the New Year with Kid-Friendly Celebrations in Des Moines

Bid 2015 a fond farewell and welcome in 2016 with gusto at kid-friendly events in Des Moines. There are several great ways for children to celebrate New Year’s Eve together with their grown-ups around town morning, noon and night.

Early New Year’s Eve Party

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

Travel around the world at the Franklin Avenue Library and celebrate New Year’s Eve a little bit early. Enjoy activities from various countries around the world including games, crafts, refreshments, and a countdown to “midnight” at 5:00 pm.

When: Tuesday, December 29th at 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

Cost: FREE

New Year’s Celebration

Forest Avenue Library • 1326 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 503145 •(515) 283-4152

Enjoy a New Year’s celebration at the Forest Avenue Library! You will make your resolutions for 2016 and learn about the New Year’s traditions of other countries.

When: Tuesday, December 29th at 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

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 and celebration complete with noisemakers in Founders Hall to kick off 2015 at 12:00 noon! There will be special activities like face painting, balloon twisting, special guests and more.

When: Thursday, December 31, 2015 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.

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 library! They will ring in 2016 early with a variety of family friendly activities. Games, craft, music and a balloon drop countdown at noon. You won’t want to miss the celebration! All ages. No registration required.

When: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 11:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Cost: 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: Thursday, December 31st at 10:00 am to 11:59 pm.

Cost: $7.00 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.  It’s a great way to end 2015 – with fun, quality family time.

When: Thursday, December 31st at 10:30 am to 12:00 noon.

Cost: $10 per child; $12 per child at the door

GuideOne ImaginEve

Hy-Vee Hall • 733 Third Street • Downtown Des Moines •Ÿ (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 p.m.  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: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 4:00 to 8:00 pm.

Cost: FREE

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, countdown to midnight & New Year’s party favors.  The water park, gift shop and arcade will all be open until 1:00 am.  There will also be a dinner buffet available in the ballroom.  Call to book your room package.

When: Thursday, December 31, 2015, check in at 3:00 pm and check out at noon on Friday, January 1, 2016.

Cost: Standard Room $169; Standard poolside $199; Standard poolside suite $275; Poolside King suite with whirlpool $350; and Presidential Suite $500.



Are you ringing in 2016 with your kids?  Let us know where!


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