New Year's Eve for Kids: Family Friendly Events in St. Louis

St Louis Arch and fireworks
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Kids in St. Louis can celebrate New Year's Eve too. Popular local attractions offer a variety of fun festivities designed for children and families and there are some great ways to ring in the New Year with the kids like ice skating, skiing, and some indoor activities too.

A kid-friendly New Year's Eve is a great alternative to some of the St Louis' late night parties and prix-fixe restaurant menus, which are not always appropriate events for children.

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Noontime New Year's Eve

Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum

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The Magic House, interactive children's museum in Kirkwood welcomes the New Year's Day about 12 hours early. It's just held at a more reasonable hour for young children. The celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is included with regular museum admission.

The Noontime New Year’s Eve celebration on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, has everything you'd expect in a New Year's party: a countdown, ball drop, music, and dancing. Kids will make noisemakers and wish wands, and strike a pose in a photo booth with fun 2020-themed props.​

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Skating at Steinberg Rink

Steinberg Skating Rink

Steinberg Skating Rink

The whole family can take a spin on the ice at Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park. The rink is hosting a New Year's Eve party for kids and adults from 10:00 a.m. New Year's Eve day until 12:30 a.m. New Year's Day. Kids and adults will enjoy party favors and noisemakers as they ring in the New Year. No reservations are required but make sure you have cash on hand.

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Skiing at Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley Ski Resort

Hidden Valley Ski Resort 

Hidden Valley Ski Resort near Eureka is open for special skiing sessions on New Year's Eve. Regularly posted hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., but after Christmas the lifts stay open until 1:00 a.m. on weekends through February.

The Polar Plunge snow tubing run is also open all day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. From after Christmas through February, tubing is open weekends until 12 a.m.

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St. Peters Lock-In

St. Peters Rec-Plex

 St. Peters Rec-Plex

Here's an event just for the kids, so parents can go out and enjoy the evening! The St. Peters Rec-Plex hosts a chaperoned lock-in for children ages 8 to 13. From 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve until 7 a.m. on New Year's Day, kids can ice skate, swim, play basketball and more. Assuming they want to sleep at some point, bringing sleeping bags and pillows is encouraged. Advanced registration is required and kids will be under adult supervision at all times.

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Noon Year's Eve at RiverChase

It's a New Year's Celebration for the preschool set. This fun celebration in St. Louis County is designed for children ages 3 to 5. The festivities include story time, snacks, crafts, and a special countdown at noon. The celebration begins at 11 a.m., at the RiverChase Recreation Center in Fenton.

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St. Louis Zoo

Saint Louis Zoo

Saint Louis Zoo

Spend a little time with Raja the elephant and the other animals at the St. Louis Zoo. This is the perfect time of year for the penguins at Penguin and Puffin Coast, or see Kali the polar bear at Polar Bear Point. Admission is free and the the zoo will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on New Year's Eve.