New Year’s Eve for Kids in Columbus


It’s almost time for 2024! By this time of the year, you may be confused about what day it is, and what time it is and can’t seem to remember what it feels like to wear real pants. But guess what?! There is one more holiday to celebrate! How does one celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids? We all have learned the hard way that even when kids stay up later, they still get up at their NORMAL wake up time! This makes for a very HARD New Year’s Day. It’s not the way to start 2024…so what are parents to do? Enter Noon Year’s Eve!

And you are in luck, Columbus has a number of Noon Year’s Eve events going on this year! Check out the links below as many events may require advanced registration. Happy 2024!

Noon Years Eve in ColumbusNoon Year’s Eve Events

New Year’s Open House Party at Sharon Woods

Date: December 29, 2023

Time: 10 am – 2 pm.

Details: Drop in at Sharon Woods Spring Hollow and help us ring in the New Year with games, crafts and a ball drop countdown on every hour! Meet at Spring Hollow Lodge, 1069 W. Main St. Please note: Spring Hollow Lodge is NOT accessible via the main park entrance.  Program is geared towards kids age 3-5. Details here.

Cost: Free

Noon-Lite Madness at Westerville Community Center

Date: December 29, 2023

Time: 11am-12:15 pm.

Details: Celebrate New Year’s Eve preschool style with crafts, finger food, and entertainment, and a countdown at Noon to celebrate the New Year. $10 per child; registration requiredSign up online. Activity #408604.

New Year wishes with Upper Arlington Library

Date: December 30, 2023

Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Details: Wrap up the new year with stories, activities, and scavenger hunt fun!

COSI Noon Years Eve

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Details: Dance party, special activities and celebratory countdown!

Cost: Free for members or regular pricing!

KSM Sports

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Details: Photo prop, bounce houses, sing and dance with the Encanto cast!

Cost: $35

Columbus Zoo

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Details: Not a nocturnal animal? Come join the zoo in a celebration with this kid friendly event!

Cost: Free with membership!

Upper Arlington Library

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m .

Details: Ring in the new year with stories, activities, a balloon drop, and dance party fun! Enjoy a storytime featuring visits from your favorite characters followed by crafts, games, and tunes! Ages 0-8.

Cost: Free!

The Works Newark

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on December 30

Details: Celebrate 2023 with us as we count down at noon with our own ball drop! Enjoy activities celebrating New Year’s dressed in your finest! Join the fun with glitter slime, confetti, and more!

Cost: Included in admission

Franklin Park Conservatory

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Details: Goodbye 2022, hello 2023! Make a party hat, play some games and get ready to dance as we do a celebratory countdown with a one-of-a-kind bubble stomp. So everyone can celebrate, we’ll do it all again with a countdown to 1 p.m.

Cost: Included in admission

Skate Zone 71

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m

Details: Pizza, Skating and New Year’s Even Party supplies!

Cost: $15

Crooked Can Brewing Company

Time: Opens at 11:00 a.m.

Details: Ball drops at noon, kids bingo, sparkling grape juice, NYE party hats

Do you know of any other Noon Year’s events this year? Comment below!

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Maureen Ingham
Maureen Ingham has enjoyed living in the great city of Columbus for nearly 13 years! Originally from Canton, Ohio, Maureen attended Ohio University and will always be a bobcat at heart! After completing her education degree in Athens, she made her way to The Ohio State University to obtain a Masters degree in Special Education. She fell in love with Columbus then and convinced her now husband to join her in this awesome city! She taught 5th grade for 6 years, before deciding to stay home to raise two beautiful girls. Their family has recently moved to Worthington with their two girls and are excited to plant their roots here! Their first daughter, Maeve is 6 and her sister, Reese will soon be 5 years old. They welcomed a son, Miles in March 2020. Maureen has been with The Columbus Moms Blog since the beginning and now enjoys working on editing and events for the blog. She also works as a Postpartum Doula with her sister at a company called Together Wee Grow. They provide night nursing services, as well as daytime support to local families and babies in Columbus. It is a wonderful job to work along her sister and help families with their precious little ones in a vulnerable time period. In between the night shifts, sweeping up crumbs, exploring Columbus, and getting kids to where they need to be, Maureen enjoys working out, trying new recipes and restaurants, traveling, spending time with family, being crafty and trying to help others whenever she can! Maureen has many Columbus favorites. Her go-to restaurant is Third and Hollywood, she enjoys a sweet treat at Sassafrass Bakery or Fox in the Snow, a slice of pizza at Dewey's Pizza and a warm cup of joe at Highline Coffee. A perfect Saturday involves an outdoor activity with her family and trying a new restaurant when they can! She is excited to be a part of an excellent team here at Columbus Moms blog and hopes to be able to inspire mothers that small acts of kindness go a long way in raising their kids and the city they live in!