“Noon” Year’s Eve & New Year’s Eve Events

Noon Countdowns

Bubble Bash 2012 with the DuPage Children’s Museum, Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Avenue, Naperville

  • 10:30 am-Noon
  • $10/member, $15/non-member (plus $2/ticket box office charge)
  • Live performances by Jeanie B. and the Jellybeans and Geoff Akins the Bubble Wonder Man, countdown at noon.
  • 10:00 am-Noon
  • $8/resident, $12/non-resident
  • For ages 1-6. Inflatables, riding toys, and a balloon drop at noon.
  • 10:00 am-Noon
  • $1/person, children 2 & under free
  • Face painting, crafts, games, music, and more.
  • 11:00 am-1:00 pm with countdown at Noon. Museum closes at 2:00 pm.
  • General admission applies: $7/person.
  • Crafts, games, and countdown at noon.
  • 10:00 am-Noon
  • General admission applies: $12/person
  • Craft, confetti, noisemakers, and countdown at noon.

Noon Year’s Eve at Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview

  • 10:00 am-Noon
  • $20/person. Members can purchase tickets in advance for $13/person.
  • Music, party hats & horns, DJ, dancing, and confetti cannons at noon.
  • 11:30 am-12:30 am
  • FREE. $8 for skate rental.
  • Ice Rink, Radio Disney will be broadcasting live, ball drop at noon.
  • 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Countdowns beginning at Noon.
  • General admission applies: $6/person.
  • Crafts, face painting, music, singing, and sparkling cider.

Evening Countdowns

Countdown to Fun at the Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main Street, Rockford

  • 12:30 pm-4:30 pm
  • General admission applies: $7/person.
  • Crafts, games, music, art, live entertainment, party hats, confetti, favors, and more.

Fireworks at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago

  • December 31 and January 1, 8:00 am-7:00 pm
  • General admission fees apply: $15.75/person 3 & up if purchased online, $21/person 3 & up in person. Children under 3 free.
  • Balloon drop countdowns at 10:00 am, Noon, and 2:00 pm, sparkling grape juice & music, and commemorative New Year photo opportunites.
  • Noon-6:00 pm
  • Free
  • Face painters, caricaturists, harpers, magicians, sledding (if there’s snow), hot chocolate, scavenger hunts, deals and giveaways. Countdown will be at 6:00 pm at the Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower.
  • 3:30 pm-6:00 pm
  • $14/child, $6/adult
  • Bouncing fun, rock wall, pizza & drink, magic show, countdown with ball drop, hats & noisemakers, raffles & giveaways.
  • 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
  • $10/person 3 & up, children under 2 free
  • Zip line, Merry Go Round, and live entertainment.
  • Milwaukee Winterfest precedes this event but has seperate admission fees.

Zoo Year’s Eve at Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield

  • 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • General admission and parking fees apply. $15/adult, $10.50/child 3-11, children under 3 free. $10/parking.
  • Music, games, party favors, and a countdown at 8:00 pm.

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