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Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Indianapolis

Would you love to countdown the New Year with your entire family, but know that keeping the kids up until midnight means 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 1st when everyone is up and ready to go. Bright. And. Early.


Countdown to Noon at the Children’s Museum

Where: 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis
When: December 31, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Five, four, three, two…NOON! Tucker out the kids way before the last few minutes of 2019 at Countdown to Noon! Join in a grand countdown at noon OR one o’clock. Both countdowns will have a confetti grand finale. Event included with museum admission.

Countdown to Noon at the Children’s Museum

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at Lawrence Branch Library

Where: 7898 N. Hague Road, Indianapolis
When: December 31, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Ring in the new year with the Library’s annual “Countdown to Noon” party! This year is an 80’s theme, with music, crafts, games and stories leading up to the 2020 countdown. Celebrate at the branch before its renovation to get a whole new look! Registration is requested.

Family New Year’s Eve at Rusty Bucket

Where: 1130 West 86th Street, Indianapolis
When: December 31

On New Year’s Eve, it’s a family affair at the Bucket! On December 31, kids eat for free at the Bucket and can enjoy a special mocktail. Make your reservation here.

Family New Year’s Eve at the Indiana State Museum

Where: 650 West Washington St., Indianapolis
When: December 31, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Celebrate the end of 2019 and get ready to welcome a magical 2020 during this family-friendly New Year’s Eve party! Ring in the new year with magic, music, dancing, face painting, exploring the entire museum and more. Plus, don’t miss the New Year countdown with our balloon drop in the Great Hall when the clock strikes 8 p.m.! Reserve your spot early so you don’t miss out. Tickets are $10 for members, $16 for non-members, and free for children 3 and under.

Family New Year’s Eve at the Indiana State Museum

Toast the New Year with London

Where: Union Jack Pub in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis
When: December 31, 7:00 – 10:00pm

It’s time for our favorite tradition: toasting the New Year with London! We provide a complimentary champagne toast as well as a sparkling cider toast for kiddos and anyone not drinking alcohol. Noisemakers and confetti make the celebration lively and fun. Kiddos can even make their own confetti! It’s perfect for a double celebration or those little ones (and big ones too!) who just won’t make midnight. Join us this year and find out why it’s become an annual tradition. Cheers!

New Year’s Eve Early Balloon Drop at Incrediplex

Where: 6002 Sunnyside Road, Indianapolis
When: December 31, 5:00 – 8:00pm

Join us at Incrediplex for a New Year’s event designed for the entire family. The celebration starts at 5:00 PM and ends with a countdown to a balloon drop at 8:00 PM allowing families to bring in the New Year together. A paid event ticket includes entrance, laser tag, unlimited video games, Bounce & Climb wristband (4 large inflatables & 4 story obstacle course) that is designed for kids 12 and under, face painting, party favors, giveaways, and more!

Family-Friendly NYE Bash at Incrediplex

ComedySportz New Year’s Eve at the Athenaeum

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

The players at ComedySportz Indianapolis are traveling down Mass Ave to ring in 2020. 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. Tickets are $20 for adults or $18 for students and seniors in advance. Prices increase by $2 for purchase at the door.

Did we miss a family-friendly NYE event in Indy? Let us know at [email protected]!


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