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Ringing in the New Year Around Indiana with Kids

You might think that when you embark on a life with young kids that celebrating New Year’s Eve is a thing of the past. Afterall, the typical New Year’s Eve late night soiree, with fancy clothing, loud music and lots of cocktails, isn’t exactly a family-friendly environment. But in Indiana, there is a lot of fun to be had on December 31 where children are not only welcome, but encouraged to join in. So keep the 2011 party rolling and bring the kids along to these events:

Northern Indiana

Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve at Deep River Waterpark
9001 E. U.S. 30, Merrillville
5-10 p.m.
$5 per person
There will be ice skating, music, and even a juice toast at 8 p.m.

Central Indiana

Countdown to Noon at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
3000 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Normal admission costs.
Enjoy all the wonderful exhibits and seasonal displays at the museum, and include a fun countdown to noon in front of the Water Clock.

Family New Year’s Eve at the Indiana State Museum
650 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis
6-9 p.m.
$11 for non-members, $6 for members
This event will feature face painting, stilt walkers, clowns and music. A balloon drop at 8 p.m. is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages.

Southern Indiana

Canyon Inn at McCormick’s Creek State Park
451 McCormick Creek Park Road, Spencer
A family of four can stay at the Inn for just $223.42, which includes dinner on December 31 and breakfast the next morning, dancing and youth activities, and overnight lodging.
Reserve online using GROUP CODE 1231NE.

These are just a few ideas for family-friendly fun on New Year’s Eve. How do you plan to bring in 2012 with your family?

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Written by : Nicole is a stay-at-home mom and blogger living in Columbus, Indiana. She blogs about adventures at home and away with her husband and 2-year-old son at She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She spent seven years living and working in downtown Indianapolis following college. Nicole is always looking for fun, kid-friendly outing ideas. You can contact her via email or find her on Twitter at @arrowssentforth. Nicole receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.