Looking for ideas for New Year’s Eve that are family-friendly?
I’m sharing the BEST NYE options for families around Cincinnati. Our family has personally attended many of these New Year’s Eve events over the years and they are great ways to create memories together.
1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH
Time: 11 AM – 5 PM
Each hour from 11 AM -5 PM a different country and their unique culture with music, activities, and crafts will be featured plus a count down to their New Year!
- 11 a.m. China
- Noon Thailand
- 1 p.m. Bangladesh
- 2 p.m. Pakistan
- 3 p.m. United Arab Emirates
- 4 p.m. Russia
- 5 p.m. Israel – Featuring Mayerson JCC!
Don’t miss a Russian Folk Dance performance with St. George’s Russian Orthodox Church at 3:30 p.m.
You don’t even need a passport – they’ll provide one for you for this free event!
New Year’s Eve at WinterFest at Kings Island Amusement Park
6300 Kings Island Dr, Mason, OH
Time: 5 PM-1 AM
This year, Kings Island is offering a family-friendly New Year’s Eve event: New Year’s Eve at WinterFest!
Join Snoopy’s Rockin’ Countdown Party, see Charlie Brown’s New Year’s Eve Celebration, and finish the night with fireworks at the stroke of midnight!
Tinker’s Early New Year’s Extravaganza • 7:30 – 9:30PM | Tinker’s Spielzeug Haus
Join the eager elves of Tinker’s Toy Factory for an early, family-friendly New Year’s Eve Countdown featuring character interactions and a giant balloon drop at 9:00PM.
The countdown begins at 8:59PM.
Charlie Brown’s New Year’s Eve Celebration • 8:00PM – 11:30PM | PEANUTS™ Showplace
The New Year’s Eve event continues with the PEANUTS gang. Their interactive party zone includes character meet & greets, oversized lawn games and fun, family-friendly music!
Oh, What Fun It Is To Ride • 5:00PM – 10:00PM
Enjoy your final rides of the year on some of your favorite attractions.
*WinterFest ride operations are subject to change due to weather.
Snoopy’s Rockin’ Countdown • 10:00PM – 1:00AM | International Street Bandstand
Snoopy and select Midway Merriment characters as they ring in the New Year like never before! Watch as their 314-ft. tall magical Christmas tree is transformed into a giant countdown.
Leading up to Midnight, a live DJ will be spinning modern hits to get you moving and keep you warm.
New Year’s Eve Lounge In The International Restaurant
Ring in 2020 at the New Year’s Eve Lounge in the International Restaurant, a warm retreat for guests of all ages to gather and welcome the New Year.
Enjoy a catered dining experience including assorted appetizers and hors d’oeuvres, a grand buffet and meat carving station, plus a delicious, all-you-can-eat dessert bar and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight paired with the best view of our fireworks spectacular.
The New Year’s Eve experience also includes unlimited hot chocolate, Midway Merriment character encounters and other WinterFest surprises.
Your ticket grants come-and-go access to the New Year’s Eve Lounge throughout the night.
Doors will open at 5:30pm and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Gold and Platinum Passholders Save an Additional $10!
New Year’s Eve Lounge Schedule
Appetizers & Hors D’oeuvres in the Carousel Room (Cash Bar Available)
Served from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Dinner is Served
Grand Buffet featuring foods from around the world and including a Meat Carving Station, Salads, Soups, Artisan Breads and much more. The kid’s menu will be available upon request.
Served from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sweet Send-Off to 2019
Mini Desserts, Assorted Cakes, Flambé and other sweet treats
Served from 10:00 p.m. – 11:30.p.m.
Happy New Year!
Midnight Countdown, Champagne or Sparkling Cider Toast and an unforgettable Fireworks Spectacular
New Year’s Eve Celebration at Perfect North Slopes
19074 Perfect Lane Lawrenceburg, IN
Time: 9:30 PM- Midnight
Perfect North Slopes will be open for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing from 9:30 am to Midnight!
The NYE celebration is scheduled for the evening, with party favors and a DJ in the lodge starting at 8 pm.
As midnight approaches, you can watch ski instructors and ski patrol members glide down the darkened slopes in a torchlight parade. There will also be a fantastic fireworks show at Midnight!
I highly recommend the tubing option if you have a family with a wide range of ages. Regardless of age, Snow Tubing allows everyone in your group to have a great time and stay together. The moving sidewalk makes it easy to return to the top of the hill after your ride down.
There are also lanes specifically for groups who want to link up and go down the hill at the same time.
One person is allowed per tube and there is no minimum height required for tubing. Perfect North prefers that the child be at least 4 years old to tube on the main hill. Kids 3-6 years old also a separate small tubing area to enjoy while they are supervised by their parent or guardian.
The Cincinnati Cyclones NYE Fireworks Night
US Bank Arena
100 Broadway St, Cincinnati, OH
Time: Door Open at 5 PM / Puck Drops at 6 PM
Watch Indoor Fireworks immediately following the Cyclones game
End your 2019 in a family-friendly setting while watching a Cincinnati Cyclones hockey game. Afterward, the indoor fireworks show will begin immediately following the game.
Chick-fil-A Family 4-Pack
Home of Festival of Lights voted “Best Zoo Lights in the USA.”
Guests are invited to ring in the New Year at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. “Party Animals” of all ages invited to celebrate the 10th annual Happy ZOO Year powered by Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers.
New Years’ activities will include shows of Winter Wonders by Madcap Puppets, New Year celebration handouts, and the Zoo will cap off all celebrations with an EARLY countdown with fireworks presented by Rozzi Fireworks.
5 PM PNC Festival of Lights Begins
6:30, 7:30, 8:30 PM Madcap Puppets
8 PM Party Favors and Costume Characters
8:55 PM Countdown & Fireworks Begin
New Year’s Even Evening Adventure at the Newport Aquarium
1 Levee Way, Newport, KY
You can enjoy the fun of the music, dancing, games, crafts, snack stations, special animal encounters, ball drop with a midnight toast, and the aquarium exhibits.
New Year’s Eve Overnight at the Newport Aquarium
Gather the family and ring in the New Year with thousands of the most exotic aquatic creatures!
Sleeping under the stars has nothing on sleeping under the sea at this one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve experience – the first of its kind.
Enjoy music, dancing, games, crafts, snack stations, special animal encounters, a ball drop with a kid-friendly toast at midnight.
Plus, explore aquarium exhibits like Stingray Hideaway, the underwater tunnels and take a trip across Shark Bridge, just inches above a tank full of sharks!
As an added bonus, your Overnight Adventure includes free admission to enjoy the aquarium the next day.
Ring in the decade at Fountain Square! Join their host Jay Kruz from Mix 94.9 Cincinnati for a FREE family-friendly New Year’s Eve along with thousands of fellow Cincinnatians.
Dance the night away, grab some grub, and participate in goofy games on the Fountain Square stage and rink. At midnight there will be a fireworks show powered by Cincinnati Bell.
This event is FREE and no tickets are required. The Ice Skating Rink will be open with regular admission and skate rental costs applied.
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