Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events in Northern Michigan

Break out the kid-friendly bubbly and prepare to party munchkin-style at these family-friendly New Year’s Eve bashes from Ludington to Petoskey. Bonus: These Northern Michigan events will give mom and dad time for their own date night later on (here are a few ideas).


Sandcastles Children’s Museum
129 E. Ludington Ave. | Ludington | 231.233.9326

Ring in the new year at Sandcastles as they drop over 500 balloons! There will be live music, food, party favors, ice cream sundaes, crafts, funny family photos and more! Admission is $10 per person or $35 per family (2 adults & children). The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Limited space is available, email [email protected] to make reservations.

Great Lakes Children’s Museum
13240 S. West Bay Shore Dr. | Traverse City | 231.932.4526

Who says you have to wait until midnight to celebrate? For the kids (and young-at-heart) who are too excited to wait, start the countdown at 11:59 a.m. and watch the ball drop at noon. Before the big drop, make party hats and noisemakers so you’re prepared to celebrate when it happens. Festivities from 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

While you’re there, be sure to check out the Festival of Trains!

Grand Traverse Resort
100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd. | Acme | 231.534.6000

Kid’s New Year’s Eve Party | ages 6-12 | 6 p.m.–1 a.m.
Crafts, games, team building activities, swimming and a pizza party at the Health Club and indoor pools. $35 per child for guests ($25 per child for club members). Reservations are required and close at 5 p.m. December 30. To sign up, call the health desk at 231.534.6772.

Kid’s New Year’s Eve Party | ages 0-5 | open until 1 a.m.
Daycare and activities at The Cub House, a licensed daycare facility. $8.50 per hour per child for guests. Reservations are required, call 231.534.6780.

Parents, enjoy a classic New Year’s Eve dinner at Aerie, and then head up to Level 17 for an 80’s throwback dance party (details)!

Crooked Tree Arts Center – Petoskey
461 East Mitchell St. | Petoskey | 231.347.4337

Celebrate the start of 2017 with music, theater, art and dance. New Year’s Eve at the Arts Center is an all age, family-friendly, alcohol-free artistic celebration to launch the New Year. Participate in a hands-on workshop or just sit back and enjoy the entertainment! Plus, there will be a special ball drop on Division Street at 9 p.m. Tickets to the event are available on MyNorthTickets.com.

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