New Year's Eve Family Friendly Fun in Southeast Michigan
Want the kids in bed well before midnight? These events in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor have lots of activities and early start times to help you ring in 2014 right.
Grown-ups get all the late-night NYE parties. But how about kids? Luckily, there are some great family-friendly ways to send off 2013 and welcome 2014 in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Try one of these fun-filled events both parents and children can enjoy (and ensure you're all snug in bed well before the Times Square ball drops).
- Time: about 4-7 p.m.
- Address: Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit
- Cost: free/general; skating: $7/ages 13-49, $6/ages 12 and under and 50-plus, $3/skate rental, $2/shoe check (if you bring your own skates)
- Phone: 313-355-0413
New for this year, Detroit is adding family fun to its downtown brouhaha! Cirque Amongus brings circus antics to Campus Martius, which also hosts ice skating, food and other activities for kids. The lit-up old-English "D" – which, this time, will drop down 30 feet to the roof of the Chase Bank building – also falls at a special early 6:30 p.m. time so kids can watch, too.
- Time: Noon: 10 a.m.-1 p.m./main events, skating till 5 p.m.; Puck: 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
- Address: Noon: Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St., Kerrytown; Puck: downtown Ann Arbor
- Cost: free/general, skates: $5/person, $15/family
- Phone: Noon: 734-975-0933; Puck: 734-995-7281
Find tons of fun in honor of the Winter Classic hockey game hitting Tree Town Jan. 1 (Detroit Red Wing vs. Toronto Maple Leaves). The first-ever Noon Year's Eve, sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County, has kid-friendly music and ice skating on a big 20-by-60-foot rink to ring-in the noon hour (with marshmallows and a hot cocoa toast). Later, find six hours of live entertainment, with Ann Arbor native native/The Voice star Michelle Chamuel starring, and a giant 10-foot puck drop at midnight.
- Time: 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. (adult-geared gala happens later in the evening)
- Address: downtown Mount Clemens; stage show at Macomb Music Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St.
- Cost: free/general, 50 cents/train rides, $2/magic show
- Contact: 586-469-4168
Mount Clemens turns into a fairytale for the evening. Kids meet characters like Cinderella, Elmo and Dora the Explorer in restaurants (4-6 p.m.), ride Thomas the Tank downtown (5-9 p.m.), sing with the Fairy Godmother (4:30-5 and 7:30-8:30 p.m.), check out a big magic/science/ventriloquist show (6:30 p.m.), get pony rides/a petting zoo (4:30-7:30 p.m.) and catch a special early ball drop and fireworks at 9 p.m.
- Time: 4-7 p.m.
- Location: Recreation Center at Hillside, 700 W. Baseline Road, Northville
- Cost: before Dec. 20: $2/ages 1-2, $10/ages 3-17, $5/ages 18-plus; after Dec. 20: $3, $18 and $12
- Phone: 248-349-8611
Jousting gentlemen and fair princesses rule the theme this year! Families get a "medieval map" guiding them to tournament games (archery and fencing included), authentic era dress-up fun, crafts, a castle bounce house and food for sale. The big countdown happens at 7 p.m.
- Time: 10 p.m.-6 a.m.
- Address: Zap Zone Fun Center, 41953 Ford Road, Canton
- Cost: $45/nonmembers, $40/members; must pre-pay
- Phone: 734-844-7746
Action-seeking kids ring in the new with unlimited laser tag, glo-golf and bumper cars at this eight-hour lock-in-style party that includes pizza and pop. Ages 13-plus without parent; ages 12 and under must have permission to attend.