8 Best New Year’s Eve Events for Families in Kansas

You don’t have to go to the bar to make the most out of the last night of the year. In fact, all across Kansas, locals and visitors will find a collection of family-friendly events that make ringing in the New Year exciting for even your littlest ones! From firework displays to Noon Year’s Eve celebrations, check out the best family-friendly New Year’s Eve events in the state! 

1. WonderEve 2017, Shawnee, KS

WonderEve 2017 will be kicking off children’s activities at 9 a.m. and will ring in the “Noon Year” at noon with hats, noisemakers, and a confetti blast! A special performance from Mr. Stinkyfeet and a balloon artist will keep the kids entertained while they enjoy snacks and fun activities. Everything is included with the $8 admission. 

2. Dave & Buster’s, Kansas City, KS

Dave and Buster’s is offering an exciting package of great food and fun to help your family celebrate the new year. The event includes access to an appetizer buffet, drinks, desserts, game play, and an exciting video ball drop to ring in the new year at noon. Packages range between $30 and $40 for everything and you are invited to stay around after the event as long as you wish. 

3. Illuminations at Botanica, Wichita, KS

Grab the family and head over to Botanica, the Wichita Gardens for a fun New Year’s night complete with a firework celebration. The Wichita Gardens always bring guests closer to nature on Dec. 31 a family-friendly fireworks show will commence at 8 p.m. There will also be a bar available for adult beverages throughout the evening.  

4. Run in the New Year 5K, Wichita, KS

The Run in the New Year 5K race is a great way to kick off the new year with a healthy outdoor event. Kicking off at 11:45 p.m. from the Wichita Boathouse the run/walk offers people the opportunity to start the new year with a great exercise and fun. Every participant receives a commemorative hat, long sleeve shirt, and finisher's medal. 

5. Skate City, Kansas City, KS

Head over to Skate City in Kansas City, Kansas, on Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. for a special New Year’s Eve bash! Is there a more classic way to ring in the new year than by putting on a pair of roller skates and skating the night away? Admission will be $15 and that includes skate rental, a drink, a food item of your choice, and noisemakers! 

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6. Little Lion’s New Year, Wichita, KS

For a fun daytime event head to Little Lion Ice Cream for their going away/New Year party. They will be closing for January so their New Year’s Party is the last chance to get some delicious scoops of their ice cream before while they close up for the month. Stock up on your favorite flavors for a tasty way to ring in the new year. 

7. Great Wolf Lodge, Kansas City, KS

The Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, Kansas, is the place to be with your family for New Year’s Eve if you’re looking to escape the cold. Their amazing hotel includes access to their massive 84-degree water park that is open year round. Take a break from the snowy cold days and enjoy their 38,000-square-foot water park packed with jaw-dropping slides and exciting water features. For New Year’s they will have special snow showers, gingerbread houses, and enormous snowflakes to celebrate the holidays. 

8. Noon Year’s Eve: Balloon Drop, Topeka, KS

The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center has a seriously fun event planned this Dec. 31. There’s no matter way to celebrate the new year with your little ones than through a “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration. This way, your young ones don’t have to stay up too late. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, a balloon drop, a selfie station, and more! 

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