Kansas City's New Year's Eve Guide for Families

Ring in 2017 Edition

Bid farewell to 2016 and Ring in 2017! Celebrate the New Year with fun for the entire family... you'll find family-friendly parties across the metro as our favorite venues roll out the red carpet for YOU!


Noon Year's Eve at Science City

Dec 31 from 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Science City at Union Station 30 W. Pershing Kansas City, MO. 816.460.2083. Head to Science City for the 4th Annual Noon Year's Eve Party, December 31st, Noon-7PM! Noon Year's Eve is is THE place to have a fun, safe and education New Year's Eve party for children of all ages and parents, too! The celebration will include science demonstrations, stage shows, robotics fun, Maker activities, special guests and the biggest Balloon Drop featuring 3,000 Balloons!

Zoo Year's Eve

Dec. 31 Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Free with admission . Watch the “ball drop” to Berlin at noon during Zoo Year’s Eve. Penguins, polar bears, and many more animals will enjoy festive enrichment items. You can dance along with an interactive DJ and capture a memory in the photo booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Paradise Park's New Year's Eve Party

Dec. 31 at Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. $6.99 plus tax. 3-2-1…Happy 2017 everybody! You are invited to ring in the New Year early with the legendary Ball Drop at Paradise Park’s Foam Factory. Have a blast with friends and family. This rocking New Year’s Eve party is an early-evening, totally kid-friendly celebration. Register to win awesome door prizes that you can use all year long at Paradise Park. 

New Year's Eve at Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge (10401 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, KS. 913.299.7001) is the place to be with the family this NYE. The adventure begins in the massive, 84-degree indoor water park. Splash the day away in over 38,000 square feet of water-packed excitement, including jaw-dropping slides for thrill seekers or zero-depth entry areas for little ones. Grab a wand and battle a dragon in MagiQuest or get an ice cream-themed manicure in Scooops Kid Spa before gathering your family in our Grand Lobby for nightly Story Time, the perfect ending to a Great Wolf day. Then, celebrate the New Year with many fun events & attractions including Snowland® thru January 1. From snow showers and twinkling lights to gingerbread houses and enormous snowflakes, discover the magical world of Snowland.

Sky Zone Lee's Summit's NYE Party

Dec. 31 10pm-Midnight at Sky Zone Lee's Summit (2801 NE McBaine Dr, Lees Summit, MO). Come Jump into the New Year at Sky Zone Lee's Summit Live DJ, Prizes, Dance Party and Games all night long! Price: $24.99 Ages: 14+ GLOW attire a must!

New Year's Eve Family Volunteer Day

Dec. 30 at Harvesters-The Community Food Network, 3801 Topping Ave., Kansas City. 8 and above. 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. no cost. 816-929-3090. Please come on Friday, December 30th, for a special New Year's Eve Family Volunteer Day! Celebrate by sorting and repackaging food in Harvesters' Volunteer Engagement Center (VEC) and then enjoy a family friendly party. We will ring in the New Year with activities and snacks. The event is open to volunteers, ages 8 and above with parental supervision. Shifts are 8:30-10:30 a.m., 10 a.m.-noon, and 1-3 p.m. The New Year's Eve Family Volunteer Day goal is to provide 250 meals. To help us reach our goal, we ask that each volunteer bring a suggested donation of three canned goods or a monetary donation. To register, please contact Volunteer Engagement at 816-929-3090 or volunteer@harvesters.org.

CoCo's Carnivale: Celebrate New Year's Eve Under the Big Top!

Dec. 31 at CoCo Key Water Resort, 9103 E 39th St, Kansas City. 9:00 pm to 12:00 am. Step right up! Step right up! The Carnival is coming to town! Don’t miss the funfair extravaganza! Stay the night, or just stop in for the festivities! CoCo’s Carnivale Pacakge Includes; Overnight stay w/ four (4) water resort passes valid two (2) days, Late night access to CoCo’s Carnivale with family friendly DJ and Kansas City’s largest beach ball drop at midnight. Souvenir family photo, One (1) large pizza w/ four drinks,  Champagne toast / Sparkling grape juice toast, Four (4) $5 arcade cards, Carnival Games, Sumo Wrestling Ring, Dunk Tank, Cotton Candy, AM breakfast buffet for four (4) people on New Year’s Day (continental breakfast) Book online here: http://goo.gl/96p8Q2

Celebrate 2017 - 20th Annual Drug- and Alcohol-Free New Year's Eve Party at YMCA

Dec. 31 at Platte County YMCA. 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm. $5/person. 816-505-2622. Come ring in the New Year with your family! We have a great line-up of activities including ice skating at Line Creek Community Center, Roller Skating at River Roll Skate Center, a Family Movie, and we end the night with a Family Party at the Platte County South YMCA with swimming, DJ Rich Linden, dinner, bounce houses and MORE! We end the night with the New York ball drop at 11pm and giveaway a TV and other prizes! Through generous donations and community partners working together, we are able to again offer all of this entertainment for only $5/person.

Ring in the New Year at Scraps KC

Dec. 31 at Scraps KC, 1324 W. 12th Street, Second Floor, Kansas City. 3 and up. 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. $5.00. 16602434470. Make some hats and noisemakers with your kids to ring in the new year. Drop in activity. An adult must be present with your children.

Time Capsules in Lenexa

Dec. 30 Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak Street, Lenexa. 8-12. 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. $10. Lets bring in the New Year creating time capsules that show some of your favorite items and accomplishments from 2016. Be creative and bring personalized items, capsules will be provided.

Celebrate with Ice Skating

Take a Spin around the ice at one of the Metro's outdoor rinks!



Roller Skate in the New Year

Remember the last time you laced up the skates? Local roller rinks host family sessions in the winter when school is out. Most rinks will be hosting New Year's Eve parties. Contact rinks for details.

Note: This guide was compiled by the staff of KC Parent Magazine and may not be reproduced in print or online without permission. If you have additions to this guide, please email kristina@kcparent.com.

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