Best Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events near Indianapolis

Countdown to 2023!

Would you love to countdown New Year’s Eve with your entire family but know that keeping the kids up until midnight means a melt-down city?

Most little ones wake up at the same time, regardless of when they go to bed – that makes keeping them up late at night hard on the entire family. Honestly, with small children in the house, it can be hard for mom and dad to keep their eyes open until midnight too!

Here are some family-friendly options that will leave everyone smiling and grateful – especially on the morning of January 1 when everyone is up and ready to go. Bright. And. Early.


Family New Year’s Eve: Sparkle & Shine

Where: Indiana State Museum | 650 West Washington St., Indianapolis
When: December 31, 6 pm-9 pm

Ring in the New Year and welcome 2023 with glittering tattoos, music, a dance party, and more! Explore all three levels of the Indiana State Museum and visit activity stations in the galleries, pose at one of the photo ops, get your face painted, ride the Snowfall Express, and so much more. End the night with a balloon drop and countdown celebration at 8 p.m. This is an alcohol-free event.

Family New Year's Eve at the Indiana State Museum
Family New Year’s Eve at the Indiana State Museum

Countdown to Noon at the Children’s Museum

Where: 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis
When: December 31, 10 am – 1:30 pm

Five, four, three, two…NOON! Celebrate the final day of 2022 with activities, live music, and countdowns at noon and 1 p.m., giving families the excitement of welcoming the new year at a reasonable hour for the youngsters! 

countdown to noon

New Year’s Eve Skate Party

Where: Skateland | 3902 N. Glen Arm Rd., Indianapolis, 46254
When: December 31 from 12-2:30 pm,  3-5 pm, OR 6:00 – 9:00 pm (NYE Party)

Ring in the new year at noon or night at Skateland! $15 Admission includes Admission, Skate Rental, Slice of Cheese Pizza, Small Drink, Noise Makers, Party Hats, and a Mock NYE Countdown Celebration! $3 Spectator Fee Non-Skating Chaperones 18yrs+ ONLY.

ComedySportz New Year’s Eve at the Athenaeum

Where: Athenaeum Indy, 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis
When: December 31, 4:30 pm, 7 pm, and 10:30 pm

The players at ComedySportz Indianapolis are traveling down Mass Ave to ring in 2023. Professional improvisers will present two full-length, competitive ComedySportz matches for all ages at The Basille Theatre housed in the Historic Athenaeum. Each performance is 90 minutes, including party favors, a countdown to midnight (somewhere), and a sparkling grape juice toast. Both matches are appropriate for all ages and fun for everyone.

Noon Year’s Eve at Perry Crossing

Where: The Shops at Perry Crossing | 2499 Perry Crossing Way, Plainfield
When: 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Ring in the new year early with your little ones. Enter with style onto our red carpet for a fun photo opp. Indulge in sweet treats and play games until 11 AM for a spectacular magic show! Then countdown to Noon Year’s Eve with a massive balloon drop happening at noon. End the party by showing off your best moves on the dance floor from 12 PM-12:30 PM.

Hoosier Warriors Gym New Year’s Lock-In (Kids Only)

Where: Hoosier Warriors Gym | 8131 Kingston Street, Suite 500 Avon, IN 46123
When: December 31, 2022, at 9:30 PM – January 1, 2023, at 9 AM

THE NIGHT WILL BE PACKED WITH FUN AND ACTIVITIES!! We will play games, set up several Warrior obstacle courses to run, and have a movie, snacks, and a lite breakfast in the morning. Check-in begins at 9:15 pm. Doors close, the Warriors are LOCKED IN, and activities begin at 9:30 pm! Participants must be between 5-15 years old. 


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