New Year’s Eve is fast approaching–are you ready? What are the kids going to do?
I remember staying with my grandparents on New Year’s Eve when I was little–they lived in the city, but my grandmother was a country girl at heart. Which is probably why she convinced me to go out on the porch at midnight and bang a pot with a wooden spoon. It would be fun, she told me. I don’t remember seeing a lot of pot banging on her street back then. Maybe it was more of a Bootheel thing to do–she was from Puxico after all.
I generally have more planned for my kids on New Year’s than pot banging. Here’s a list of things you can do with your kids around St. Louis this New Year’s Eve.
First Night (canceled)
In case you didn’t get the message, our favorite family friendly event–First Night–was cancelled this year. It was a giant art party with no alcohol in Grand Center. Planners said it was getting too big for the venues, but they might try to bring it back next year in a new location, possibly downtown. Personally, I’d only gone a few times myself because an outdoor event in St. Louis on Dec. 31 is always dicey weather wise. (Heck, in 2015 we might all have to party in row boats….)
Magic House: Noontime New Year’s
Don’t think you can keep your kid’s up until midnight? Then head to the Magic House on New Year’s Eve from 9:30am – 2pm for an afternoon celebration! The party is included with your normal admission ($10). They’ll have dance music, a photo booth and a sparkly ball drop at noon. Kids will also get to make a couple crafts: a wish wand and noise makers. Want to get in cheap? I know where you can get buy one, get half off coupons.
Steinberg Skating Rink
Slide into the New Year at Forest Park’s Steinberg Skating Rink! They’ll be open all night long–or rather, until 30 minutes past midnight–on New Year’s Eve. There’s no RSVP for this party, so all you HAVE to buy is your skate rental. Bring cash–they don’t do plastic.
Other FUN places open on New Year’s Eve
A lot family friendly places will be closed during New Year’s Eve NIGHT, so don’t plan on seeing any holiday lights on Dec. 31–they’re all closed for the evening. However these St. Louis favorites are open during the day if you’re looking to get out of the house:
Gateway Arch: open 9am – 6pm
St. Louis Zoo: open 9am to 3pm
St. Louis Science Center: open 9:30am to 5:30pm
St. Louis History Museum: open 10am to 3pm
St. Louis Art Museum: open 10am to 3pm
Missouri Botanical Garden (and train show): 9am to 4pm
Butterfly House: 9am to 4pm
City Museum: open 9am to 5pm
SkyZone Chesterfield: open 10am to 5pm
SkyZone Fenton: Closed due to road conditions
Chesterfield Sports Fusion: open 10am to 5pm
Epic 6 Laser Tag: Closed due to road conditions
America’s Incredible Pizza: open 11am to 8pm
Netflix Early Countdown
Are you a Netflix subscriber? They’re doing their super sneaky early countdown again! Head over to Netflix and search “New Year’s Eve”. This year we have six countdowns to choose from! You can fire it up whenever you’re ready to wrap up 2015–at midnight, 10pm, 9pm…when the sun goes down…