Don’t Drop the Ball! Check Out These Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events

By: Karen Dybis | December 16, 2021
Family Friendly NYE Events

Photo Courtesy of Beacon Park.

There’s something special about New Year’s Eve. It is not only the start of a new year, but it is a time to gather with family and friends to think about the good days to come. Kids love to celebrate these special occasions, and there are many new and beloved events around Metro Detroit where the whole family can celebrate New Year’s Eve with safe and exciting festivities. 

Kids require some advance planning when including them in New Year’s Eve events. For example, if you have elementary-school age kiddos or toddlers, you may want to look for an even that starts earlier in the day and has a “special” midnight cheer for when the calendar rolls over. For older children, you also may want to think about getting tickets in advance just so no one is disappointed if an event fills up. Also, plan on including a treat such as hot chocolate or dinner out if you want to make sure no one gets crabby and hangry if you stay out longer than you anticipate.

Here are some family-friendly New Year’s Eve events planned around Metro Detroit. Some request registration and others have a small fee–be sure to check ahead to make sure there is space and you can get tickets if needed.

Trolls Live

The Fox Theatre will be filled with singing, dancing, and storytelling as this youthful favorite group of friends known as the Trolls perform. The event will be colorful and funny for sure, so you can reliably predict that everyone in the group will have a good time. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased via Ticketmaster or at the Fox directly. Prepare for some crowds around the theater that night as downtown Detroit is likely to be busy.

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Swinging Bells

Detroit’s Beacon Park will be alive with a free event where kids can ride on the oversized bells, which create music and a colorful light display. If you still need to burn off some energy before the midnight fun begins, kids of all ages can run around the park. If you want to grab dinner, there are lots of places nearby for a bite, including Lumen.


Thomas & Friends Exhibit

Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing is a bit of a drive from Metro Detroit, but kids will love meeting this friendly train and his friends. You also can explore the rest of the science center, getting some miles under your feet in case you want the kids to go to bed early that night. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. that day and you may want to see what restaurants are open around the Lansing area before heading home. 

Family Night Out

Head to the Troy Community Center where the whole family will have a good time inside this great activity venue. There is basketball, swimming, and other activities planned for the New Year’s Even event. Each kiddo also will receive a bag of New Year’s goodies to take home while supplies last. Organizers are asking people to pre-register and there is a small entry fee. It is free for Community Center Members, $8 Residents, and $10 Non-Residents.

New Year’s Eve roller skate

Bring everyone from the baby to grandma for this family-focused roller-skating New Year’s Eve party at United Skates Lincoln Park. The $14.50 admission per person covers skate rental, glow sticks, party hats and horns to use during the countdown to 2022. The event, which features Top 40 and hip-hop music, starts around 8 p.m. and ends around 12:30 a.m.