New Year’s Eve Events for Families in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Celebrate the New Year with the kids! These local New Year's Eve events for families have tons of fun activities and early start times to help ring in 2019.

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So, your kid has a bedtime but wants to celebrate the New Year, too? Well, you don’t have to choose between 2019 and your child’s sleep patterns this New Year’s Eve.

Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties are packed with fun New Year’s Eve events for families on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 (including a ball drop) for both parents and kids to enjoy well before midnight; plus a few long-night/overnight events for older kids.

Did we miss an event? Tell us about it in the comments section below and we’ll add it to this roundup.

Noon Year’s Eve at the Detroit Historical Museum

  • Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday
  • Address: Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave.
  • Cost: Free; parking fees apply
  • Phone: 313-833-1805

The whole family is invited to the museum for this annual event, which features crafts, hot cocoa, cookies and a kid’s New Year’s countdown to noon.

NYE Kids Countdown at Beacon Park in Detroit 

  • Time: 1-6 p.m. Monday
  • Address: Beacon Park, 1901 Grand River Ave., Detroit
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 313-566-8250

This kid-friendly event features a ball drop, kids’ toast and make-and-take activities to celebrate the New Year.

New Year’s Eve Party at the Kirksey Recreation Center

  • Time: 4-7 p.m. Monday
  • Address: Kirksey Recreation Center, 15100 Hubbard Road, Livonia
  • Cost: $7.50/members, $10/residents, $13/non-residents; advance registration required.
  • Phone: 734-466-2900
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Enjoy a rock climbing wall and swimming, face painting, dodge ball and a giant inflatable structure. There’s also food, music and a surprise entertainer. Space is limited, be sure to grab your tickets ASAP.

New Year’s Eve in Never Never Land in Mount Clemens

  • Time: 4-9 p.m. (adult-geared gala starts at 9:30 p.m.) Monday
  • Address: downtown Mount Clemens
  • Cost: free/admission; some fees apply
  • Contact: 586-469-4168

Join special fairytale guests as they help you ring in 2019. Stick around until the end for a kid-friendly ball drop and fireworks. An adult-friendly gala follows these festivities.

New Year’s Eve Family Night Out at the Troy Community Center

  • Time: 5-8:30 p.m. Monday
  • Address: Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road
  • Cost: $5/residents, $7/non-residents
  • Phone: 248-524-3300

Find basketball and swimming; plus pizza, pop an inflatable bounce castle and more fun to ring in the New Year.

DJ Skate Night at Arctic Coliseum Arena in Chelsea

  • Time: 6-8:50 p.m. Monday
  • Address: Arctic Coliseum Arena, 501 Coliseum Drive, Chelsea
  • Cost: $8/person (includes skate rental)
  • Phone: 734-433-4444

Get your New Year party started and ice skate to some beats spun by a live DJ.

Party for a Pupose at Legacy 925 in Oxford 

  • Time: 6 p.m. Monday-1 a.m. Tuesday
  • Address: Legacy 925, 925 N. Lapeer Road, Oxford
  • Cost: $50/adults, $30/kids

Ring in the New Year and help support a local man who is battling cancer at this event, which features music, bowling, laser tag and more.

Rockin’ NYE in Downtown Wyandotte

  • Time: 6 p.m. Monday-1 a.m. Tuesday
  • Address: Downtown Wyandotte (ball drop near the clock tower on Biddle Avenue at Maple)
  • Cost: Free

Come by for a family-friendly night of live music, games, activities in a heated tent and a ball drop at the clock tower on Biddle Avenue at Maple. There will be one drop at 9 p.m. for families and another a midnight.

Detroit Circus at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton

  • Time: 7 p.m. Monday
  • Address: The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Cost: $22
  • Phone: 734-394-5300, ext. 3

Ring in the New Year with this circus performance that features contortion and acrobatic acts, fire eating and dancing, and tons of other circus sideshow acts.

Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at Mt. Brighton

  • Time: 7-10:30 p.m. Monday
  • Address: Mt. Brighton, 4141 Bauer Road, Brighton
  • Cost: free/general
  • Phone: 810-229-9581

Snowboard or ski 2018 away at this annual event. Features a giant fireworks display, live DJ and dancing, a photo booth and food, too.

New Year’s Eve All-You-Can-Play Laser Tag at Zap Zone

  • Time: 10 p.m. Saturday-2 a.m. Sunday
  • Address: Zap Zone Ann Arbor (4177 Carpenter Road, 734-930-6670), Zap Zone Canton (41953 Ford Road, 734-844-7746), Zap Zone Waterford (1490 N. Oakland Blvd., 248-706-7777), Zap Zone Sterling Heights (43680 Van Dyke Ave., 586-323-0030), Zap Zone Farmington (31506 Grand River Ave., 248-471-6777), Zap Zone Taylor (9751 Telegraph Road, 313-299-9690)
  • Cost: $25; pre-register and pay

Ring in the New Year with unlimited laser tag and glo-golf. There are bumper cars running at select times and locations, too. Check ahead for age information.

This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly.