Twin Cities New Years Eve 2016 Family Events

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Best wishes in the New Year from Family Fun Twin Cities. Here’s what’s going on in the Twin Cities for New Years Eve 2016!
New Years Eve

*FREE NEW YEARS EVE EVENTS – Saturday, December 31, 2016*

New Years EveNew Year’s Eve: Moonlight Circus | Mall of America
Time/Details: Moonlight Big Top, Rotunda • 7pm & 9pm. Live Entertainment by Xelias Aerial Arts Studio including contortion, juggling, unicycle and more. A Family Countdown to the new year will take place at the south entrance to Nickelodeon Universe at 10pm & midnight.

Noon Year’s Party | Como Zoo & Conservatory Visitor Center, St Paul
Time: 10am – 1pm
Details: Come for games, dancing and music from the DJs of the Kidsdance. There will be noise-maker making, special animal enrichment, zoo keeper talks, giveaways, and a countdown to noon when hundreds of beach balls will be dropped from the ceiling.

New Year’s Eve Snowshoeing | North Mississippi Regional Park, Minneapolis
Time: 11am – 3pm
Details: Check out snowshoes to explore the park! Self-guided nature activity: New Year’s Eve Winter Fun & Games


*PAID NEW YEARS EVE EVENTS – Saturday, December 31, 2016*

New Year’s Eve Day Nature Chill-Out | Maplewood Nature Center
Time: 1-3pm
Cost: $5/pp, register & pre-pay by Dec 30
Details: Activities for the whole family! Indoor options include nature coloring pages, sipping hot-cocoa, and a funny scavenger hunt in our indoor exhibits. Outdoor options include a self-guiding trail hike set up especially for the day to search for our local yeti.

New Year’s Eve Celebration | Silverwood Park, St Anthony
Time: 5:30 – 7pm
Cost: $5/pp, discounted 20% for groups of 4+
Details: Spend NYE creating a festive hat, visiting the photo booth with family, and roasting marshmallows. Reservations required.

Family New Year’s Eve Party | Shoreview Community Center
Time: 5:30 – 8pm
Cost: In advance – $10/pp ages 1-17, $8/pp 18+, $12 at the door.
Details: Admission includes access to the Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground and Tropics Indoor Waterpark, carnival games, face painting and crafts. A balloon drop will take place at 7:45pm. Food is available for purchase.

Candlelight & Ice: New Year’s Eve at Wood Lake | Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield
Time: 6 – 9pm
Cost: $5/pp, no pre-registration required
Details: Celebrate the New Year at Wood Lake. Follow a candlelit trail a walking trail through the trees, roast marshmallows over a fire and warm up inside with hot cocoa. Crafts, games and more.

New Year’s Eve on Ice | Roseville Skating Center
Time: 2:30 – 10pm
Cost: $7 admission or admission plus skate rental for $10/pp
Details: Skate indoors and out on the OVAL plus a magic show, inflatable bouncer, face painting and a countdown at 9:30pm with favors.

New Year’s Eve in the Wild | Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan
Time: 5-8pm $10/pp at the door. Ages 5 & under are free.
Cost: $10/pp at the door only. Ages 5 & under are free.
Details: Enjoy candlelight hiking, snowshoeing, ice skating and sledding (bring your own equipment), bonfires, live animals, storytelling, magic shows, and a ball drop at the Visitor Center.

New Year’s Eve Party | Edinborough Park, Edina
Time: 5 – 8pm, countdown at 7pm
Cost: $10.50 plus tax per pre-registered child, $11.50/day of, adults free
Details: Ring in the New Year with a Kidsdance DJ, face painting, hats, a photo booth and admission to Adventure Peak.

Family New Year’s Eve Party | Bielenberg Sports Center, Woodbury
Time: 6 – 9pm
Cost: $8/pp pre-registered or $10 at the door if available, under 3 admitted free
Details: Recommended for families with children under come celebrate with games, moonwalks, obstacle courses, ice skating, music and more. Door prize drawing will be held at 8:30 p.m. followed by the big countdown to 2017.

New Year’s Eve Party at Afton Alps | Hastings
Time: Events run 9:30pm – midnight
Cost: NYE festivities are free, fees apply for skiing, snowboarding, and rentals. See the link here for rates.
Details: Skiing & snowboard from 9am – midnight, enjoy live music starting at 8:30pm and fireworks.


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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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