New Year’s Eve brings with it celebrations for the new year to come and nostalgia for the year coming to a close. The OKC metro offers families plenty of events to celebrate together including family-friendly festivals & tot-friendly noon activities. Here are some fun things to do with kids on New Year’s Eve to inspire your family!
This list of fun family events is generously sponsored by Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Noon Year’s Eve celebration.
Ring in the New Year with OKCMOA and MetroFamily! We are partnering together to host a rockin’ party for families to countdown to the last noon of 2021. Dress in your most festive attire and enjoy music, activities, snacks, punch, lots of art and a couple of special surprises. The come-&-go event is free for kids ages 17 & under to attend. In fact, admission to OKCMOA is always free for kids all year!
If a night at home is more your family’s style and comfort level, check out these creative at-home ideas.
(Editor’s Note: We encourage our readers to enjoy family fun responsibly. Get vaccinated if you are a candidate and when around others, wear a mask, avoid crowded indoor spaces, remain socially distant, wash your hands often and stay home if you or a member of your household is feeling ill. Find more information about the coronavirus pandemic in Oklahoma at oklahoma.gov/covid19. To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine clinic locations, visit vaxokc.com.
This is a working list last updated Dec. 27, 2021. Please check back often for updates. If you know of a New Year’s Eve event not on our list, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Things to do with kids on Dec. 31
FREE Weekends on the OKC Streetcars (various locations) features complimentary fares on the OKC Streetcars on the weekends.
Winter Break Drop-ins & a Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a make-&-take craft, a countdown to noon and a toast to celebrate. Free with admission. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Noon Year’s Eve at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features music, activities, snacks, punch and lots of art! This event is come-and-go and activities are included in museum admission. Festive attire is encouraged. Please note, masks are strongly encouraged and capacity is limited to allow room for social distancing. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; $5; kids (17 & under), free. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at the Nick Harroz Community Center (200 N Midwest Blvd, Midwest City) features dancing, crafts, photo ops, snacks and a balloon drop at noon. Best suited for ages 7 & under. Preregister. 11 a.m. – noon.
Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features outdoor ice skating. $14, $9 without skates; members, $9. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Crest on Ice at Crest in Norman (2550 Mt Williams Dr, Norman) features outdoor ice skating on 4,100 square feet of real ice. $13; $10 without skate rental & for kids 5 & under. Noon – 10 p.m.
Edmond Ice Rink at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features ice skating, a Christmas train ride, holiday music and food concessions. $13 with skate rental, $10 without, kids (under 5), $10; train rides, $3. Noon – 10 p.m.
Yukon Ice Rink at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) features outdoor ice skating on 4,100 square feet of real ice. $13; $10 without skate rental & for kids 5 & under. Noon-10 p.m.
Winter Glow at Riversport Adventures (800 Riversport Dr) features a Nordic experience that includes climate-controlled ice skating, Olympic curling, alpine climbing, skiing and snowboarding, plus hot chocolate, s’mores and firepits – all wrapped up with holiday lights. Day passes: adults, $19.99; kids (12 & under), $9.99; spectators, $4.99. 1-10 p.m.
Opening Night Finale 5K (2 Mickey Mantle Dr) features a festive run for all ages. Registrants receive a limited edition Finale 5K Shirt and a finisher’s medal. $35. 3 p.m.
Holiday at the Park at Frontier City (11501 N I-35 Service Rd) features Christmas lights, the chance to meet Santa Claus, rides, holiday shows, crafts, outdoor s’mores fire pits and more on weekends and select days during the holiday season. Prices vary. 2-8 p.m.
FREE Opening Night Celebration at the Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr) features music, mural competition, and a children’s area with the themed hands-on art projects and concludes with a bang at the midnight fireworks extravaganza. Benefits Arts Council OKC. $8. 7 p.m. -midnight.
New Year’s Eve Bash at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features skating, party favors, door prizes and a sparkling grape juice toast & balloon drop at midnight. All ages welcome. $20. 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Bonus – Start your new year off with a bang at one of the following fun, family-friendly events:
FREE First Day Walk at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features a family-friendly walk around the park. The event is open to adults and children of all ages. Leashed dogs are welcome. 9-11:30 a.m.
FREE First Day Hike at Lake Thunderbird State Park (13101 Alameda Dr, Norman) features a family-friendly hike. Snacks and warm beverages will be available before and after the hike while supplies last Preregister. 10 a.m.
If you are looking for even more family fun, check out our calendar filled with things to do all month long. Or, sign up for our e-newsletters to have all of our best resources delivered right to your inbox!