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! If a night at home is more your family’s style, check out these creative ideas.
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Things to do with kids on Dec. 31
Noon Year’s Party at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features estive hat making, face painting, dancing to music providing by a DJ, photo opportunities and more. Free with admission. 9 a.m. – noon.
FREE New Year Celebration at The Village Library (10307 N Penn Ave, The Village) features crafts, music and a practice countdown. Best suited for ages 8 & under. 10-11am.
FREE Happy Noon Year Celebration at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave) features crafts, games, stories and more, including at countdown to the last noon of the year. 10 a.m. – noon.
Noon Year’s Eve Activities at the Oklahoma WONDERtorium (308 W Franklin Ln, Stillwater) features fun family activities suited for all ages. Free with admission. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Winter Break Drop-ins at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a scavenger hunt for families. The elves have hidden clues around the Museum! Explore the galleries and dig a little deeper into what you see. Free with admission. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
FREE Rockin’ Noon Year’s Eve Dance Party at the Moore Public Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore). Children are invited to make crafts and enjoy music, dancing and a balloon drop at noon. 11 a.m. – noon.
Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Botanical Gardens (113 S Robinson) offers ice skating through Downtown in December. $13, includes skate rental; $8, without; $7 for members. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
FREE Happy Noon Year’s Activities at the Almonte Library (2914 SW 59th St) features games, crafts and a noon-time countdown. 11 a.m. – noon.
Winter Walk at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology (10301 S Sunnylane Rd) features 350 real skeletons, complimentary cookies & hot chocolate, a winter animals scavenger hunt, chats with museum educators and the chance to take a photo with a real reindeer skeleton. Free with admission. adults, $10; kids, $8; kids (under 3), free. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
LifeShare WinterFest at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr) features two snow tubing slopes and sparkling holiday décor. Riders must be 42” tall to ride the large slope and lap riding is not allowed on either slope. Holiday-themed food and beverage items will be available at the concession stands. $14 per rider. Noon – 8 p.m. Also open Jan. 1.
Edmond Ice Rink at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features ice skating, a Christmas train ride, holiday music and food concessions. $12 with skate rental, $8 without, kids (under 5), $8; train rides, $3. Noon – 10 p.m.
Opening Night Finale 5K at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) takes you through downtown, across the Skydance Bridge and back to Bicentennial Park. Participants are encouraged to dress festive. $35. 4 p.m.
Tuesday Night Classics at Harkins Theatre (150 E Reno Ave) features a screening of Monty Python’s Life of Brain. $5. 7 p.m.
Opening Night at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features evening of music, comedy, magic and fireworks at midnight to ring in the New Year. $8 in advance, $10 at the event, children under 5, free. 7 p.m. to 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. $15. 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 Hike at Lake Thunderbird State Park (13101 Alameda Dr, Norman) features three hiking options including an accessible trail and stroller friendly option. Be sure to bring your leashed pets, camera, binoculars, water and appropriate dress for cold weather. Preregister. 11 a.m.
Commitment Day 5K at Life Time Oklahoma City (2563 W Memorial Rd) features a 5K for the whole family. Registrants are encouraged to make a donation to Make-A-Wish and/or the Life Time Foundation. Adults, $20; kids, $5. 10 a.m.
FREE First Day Walk at Scissortail Park (Oklahoma City Blvd between Hudson & Robinson) features a walk will be led by the National Park Service and Greater Oklahoma City Parks & Trails Foundation staff. First Day Walk is a nationwide initiative meant to encourage people to get outdoors. 11 a.m.
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