Weekend Roundup: New Year’s Eve with Kids 2016

Is midnight laughable in your house? If everyone is down for the count by 10PM (or earlier!) why not consider celebrating a little early? Or maybe your older child is super PUMPED about spending New Year’s Eve with friends… AWAY from parents. We’ve put together a great list of Huntsville events that are kid-friendly for New Year’s Eve.

Of course, you could always stay home and plan your own NYE Party with your kids… here are some great ideas for that too! But if you’re lucky enough to have a sitter for the last night of 2016, check out the Huntsville CVB’s list of fun grownups-only things to do.

SPECIAL NOTE: Our friends at the City of Huntsville and Operation Green Team say there is no NYE celebration with fireworks in Big Spring Park this year. We’re bummed too, but it’s understandable with all the construction in the park. Maybe next year?


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If your wallet is feeling some hurt after holiday purchases but you still want to get out and have some free fun with your family, consider these no-charge holiday attractions in their last days:

New Year’s Light Show in Athens

Saturday, Dec. 31 at 11:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Athens Courthouse | More Info

For the first time, the historic Limestone County Courthouse will welcome the New Year with a multi-colored LED light show. The Limestone County Commission invites everyone to come downtown and be a part of this inaugural light show that will begin at 11:00 p.m. on the east and west sides of the Courthouse and will end with the countdown to 2017.

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Skating in the Park

Now – Jan. 3
Cost: $5-10, plus skate rental (or bring your own skates!)
Huntsville Museum of Art | More Info

It’s your last chance to skate in Huntsville’s outdoor ice rink! This is one of our favorite things to do during the holidays – be sure to bring your cameras and read our review before you go.

Noon Year’s Eve Jump Party

Saturday, Dec. 31 from 90AM – 1PM
Cost: $10
Pump It Up of Huntsville | More Info

Want the kids to celebrate the New Year, but don’t want them to stay up late? Join Pump It Up for a special countdown at noon! Kids will jump and play, countdown at noon complete with balloon drop, then switch to a GLOW party! Due to the large turnout from previous years, reservations are encouraged. Don’t forget your socks! Ages 2-12. Parents play for free.

NYE Party at The Matrix

Saturday, Dec. 31 from 8PM-12:30, sleepover from 8PM-8AM
Cost: $25-40
The Matrix Gym | More Info

Forget the hassle of finding a babysitter and join The Matrix All Star Cheerleaders for a New Years’ Eve Fundraiser Slumber Party! We will ring in the New Year with all kinds of FUN! Register online or call 256-533-5599 for more information.
8pm-8am for ages 6 and up $40.00
8pm-12:30am for all ages $25.00

All-Night Skate at Odyssey

Saturday, Dec. 31 from 7PM-6AM
Cost: $15
Odyssey Skate Center, Huntsville | More Info

Odyssey’s NYE party includes loads of games and prizes and a raffle for an Xbox One. Skate rental not included.

Roller Time Skate Party

Saturday, Dec. 31 from 7PM-6AM
Cost: $17 to skate all night, includes rental
Roller Time Skate Center | More Info

Skate in the New Year and eat pizza with your friends!

Insanity NYE Skate

Saturday, Dec. 31 from 6PM – 2AM
Cost: $15 admission 6pm-Midnight
Insanity Skate Park | More Info

Always guaranteed to be an insane evening of fun, Madison’s skating rink will host an event for kids that includes six balloon drops, lots of prizes throughout the night, and a dance contest!


What ideas does your family have to celebrate New Year’s Eve for kids?

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DISCLAIMER: We do our best at Rocket City Mom to provide accurate, useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from user submissions, press releases, local newspapers, signs around town and word of mouth. While we always try to confirm details in the Huntsville Weekend Roundup before they are posted here, sometimes details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our write-ups to the source in which our information came from and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go, especially when it comes to outdoor events and weather.