What to Do with Your Family on New Year’s Eve in Champaign-Urbana
When you become a parent, suddenly New Year’s Eve loses most of its social importance. Babysitter available? Maybe if you’re REALLY lucky, and if you haven’t started trying to find one, do so NOW!
But if you’re like most of us and planning on spending New Year’s Eve in Champaign-Urbana with your family, we have a whole bunch of ideas that a) won’t break the bank and b) will be epic in their own way.
Thanks to our friends at Lodgic Kids Camp for presenting this list! Join them for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve at Lodgic. They’re turning the Event Hall into party central from 6-10 pm, complete with a magician, DJ Dance Party, kid-friendly buffet and more. Then enjoy an early ball drop at 10pm, complete with party favors. All that for $10 per person! Tickets are already on sale. Don’t wait! Call (217) 607-8126 to secure yours.
Package #1 – Family Party – includes Event Hall admission, entertainment, buffet and ball drop with favors. $10.00 per person
Package #2 – Stay the Night Package – includes hotel room at Home2Suites, family party at Lodgic, after hours swim at hotel. $150.00 (family of 4)
Take the kids to a “noon” celebration:
Noon Day Drop at the Orpheum: Ring in the New Year with a big balloon drop and count down at noon! Make crazy hats, crazy noise, and bring in the New Year with a crazy party at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum in downtown Champaign. Dec. 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $8 per person, members get a discount, $28 for a family of four.
Noon Year’s Eve with Magic and Music at Urbana Free Library: Are you afraid you won’t last till midnight to celebrate the New Year? Come celebrate with the Urbana Free Library at 11:30 am. Ringing in the New Year with live music, magic tricks, crafts and fun! FREE.
Party Like It’s 1900 Noon Day Celebration: Head over to the Museum at the Grand Prairie in Mahomet to play games, eat snacks, listen to music and make crafts that were popular in the year 1900. There will be a countdown at noon complete with balloon drop. All ages. FREE! From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kid’s Almost New Year’s Party at Skateland: This New Year’s Eve event is for children 10 years old and younger with parents. Admission is $12 per person (includes skate rental, hot dog, soda). Bring in the New Year with party hats, noisemakers and a prized filled balloon drop at 2:30 pm for the kids. On Dec. 31, 1-4 p.m..
Take the kids out to dinner.
Usually the New Year’s crowds don’t come out until after the younger kids are starting to wind down for bedtime. Head out to an early bird meal at your favorite local restaurant. There are some great kids eat free deals on Tuesday nights, but don’t be surprised if they are waived for the holiday.
Have a family date night.
Typically bowling alleys and other family fun locations are open. (We’re still checking to see if our favorite at the Illini Union is open). Or treat the family to a movie in the theater: lots of family options out there. Need a second viewing of Frozen 2? And popcorn is perfect for NYE.
Book a hotel room. That’s right, a hotel room, right here in Champaign-Urbana.
Leave home without leaving home. Live it up staycation style — book a hotel with an indoor pool (fun for the kids) where there’s no driving involved (safer for you). We’re big fans of Home2 in Champaign- you can even walk to dinner. (See the Lodgic package – what a great deal!)
Throw your own party at home.
The great thing about New Year’s Eve is that every hour, it is the New Year … somewhere. Stop at a local party store (or even big box store) and grab party hats, noisemakers — or make your own! Don’t forget to grab some kid “Champagne” (in our house, fuzzy grape juice). Use it an educational tool to teach children about other countries and cultures as the hours go by. Or, do a family game night or movie night. Use Netflix (or YouTube) for an authentic early countdown.
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