Mostly Cloudy   71.0F  |  Forecast »

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).

Motor City NYE 2014 in Detroit, The Drop, Detroit

  • 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.

Comerica Noon Year's Eve and The Puck Drops Here, Ann Arbor

  • 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.

New Year's Eve in Never Never Land, Mount Clemens

  • 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.

Northville Knight Family New Year's Eve Party

  • 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.

All-You-Can-Play New Year's Overnighter, Canton

  • 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.

Add your comment:
Advertisement

More »Latest Articles & Blog Posts

Float Baby 'Spa' Offers Relaxing Pool Paradise for Babies

Float Baby 'Spa' Offers Relaxing Pool Paradise for Babies

Infants chill in calm waters, literally, at a Houston business complete with gentle massage for wee ones. Is it over-the-top pampering or actually beneficial?

Bacon Recipes for Every Meal

Bacon Recipes for Every Meal

From Kraft's bacon breakfast cupcakes to bacon-wrapped meatloaf, there are tons of ways to incorporate bacon into everything from breakfast to dessert. Try one of these recipes in honor of...

Back-to-School Lunch Notes Craft Project

Back-to-School Lunch Notes Craft Project

Add an extra dash of love to your child's midday meal away from home with a customized little letter, complete with a top-class loose-leaf paper spin.

CannaMoms Fight to Legalize Medical Marijuana for Kids

CannaMoms Fight to Legalize Medical Marijuana for Kids

Three moms of severely sick children want to change Florida law to treat their kids with cannabis. Opponents worry about lack of research and possible dangers.

Tips and Advice for Buying Glasses Online for Kids

Tips and Advice for Buying Glasses Online for Kids

Ever considered purchasing eyeglasses on the Internet for your child? A local optometrist offers insight into the process – and what to be cautious of.

Fruit Kiddy Cocktail Recipes from The Bird and The Bread

Fruit Kiddy Cocktail Recipes from The Bird and The Bread

Want to add a layer of fancy, not to mention healthy, to your kids' next snack or after-dinner dessert? Try these three recipes from the Birmingham restaurant.

Dick & Jane Baking Company Offers Smart After-School Snacks

Dick & Jane Baking Company Offers Smart After-School Snacks

A mom and dad team from Troy, Michigan teamed up to create wholesome, delicious cookies that teach kids state capitals, language, presidents and more.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement