Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Events in Columbus, Ohio

Kick off the New Year With These Kid-Friendly Events

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You can't take the kiddies to the bar on New Year's Eve. It's frowned upon in polite society. Instead, take your family to one of the several Central Ohio events geared toward the under-21 crowd. Check out these family-friendly New Year's Eve parties in Columbus, Ohio, where you can ring in the new year.

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    Arguably the biggest celebration in Columbus on New Year's Eve, First Night Columbus is a great place for families. Substance-free, the event features a variety of activities spread out through downtown Columbus. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., enjoy music, film, dance, games, kids' music, face painters, and creation stations.

    First Night began in 1995 and is part of an international alliance of more than 100 cities that showcase the visual and performing arts through New Year’s Eve celebrations that are safe, affordable, and fun. Sounds like the perfect way to welcome in the new year.

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    Keep the kids entertained with a bowling party at Sequoia Lanes that features laser lights, music, shoe rental, party hats, noisemakers, and pizza for up to six participants. Choose from either an early party for kids or an exciting late-night Rockin’ Bowl Party to end the year. The late-night event offers music and unlimited games of laser light bowling.

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    Take your family to an all-day New Year's Eve event at Magic Mountain Polaris, where you and your loved ones can enjoy go-karts, miniature golf, laser tag, video arcade games, and more. There are specials offered on the park's rides and arcade. This is a pay-as-you-go park with no admission fee, plus parking is free. 

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    This spectacular daily holiday light show is open on New Year's Eve for your family's enjoyment. At this favorite annual holiday event, you'll be awed by the millions of LED lights, animated musical light shows, and more holiday festivities. Ride a carousel, take the Polar Express train, meet Rudolph and Bumble, visit Santa and his reindeer, and play seek-and-find. Special holiday treats will also be featured on zoo menus.

    In addition to the animals made from colorful lights, you can also see real live animals. Discovery Reef, Manatee Coast, the reptile building, and the nocturnal building are all open for you to get up close with some animals.