Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Festivities in Toledo

Whether you are looking to just get out of the house for a couple hours with the kiddos on Dec. 31st, are looking for fun, FREE local Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve festivities, or looking to splurge, here is a list of awesome Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events going on in Toledo.


Great Art Escape!

Location: The Toledo Museum of Art

2445 Monroe Street

Phone: (419) 255-8000

Admission: FREE

Dates: Dec. 27-Jan. 1st

Don’t get cabin fever over the holidays. Go on a treasure hunt, see live performances or create your own work of art at the Toledo Museum of Art. You can do that and more during The Great Art Escape which takes place Dec. 27 through New Year’s Day (Jan. 1).

Sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac, the week of events has become a holiday tradition for bringing together family, friends and holiday guests – or getting away from them. Most of the activities are free.

The Museum is introducing its new TMApp during the Great Art Escape. Available for free download for Android and iOS devices, the app was created with support in part from Buckeye Broadband. Visitors can go use the app to go on a scavenger hunt in the galleries.

New Year’s Eve Schedule of Events:

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Giant Games, GlasSalon

1, 2 and 3 p.m.: Glassblowing Demonstrations, Glass Pavilion Hot Shop

1 p.m.: Dutch Cabinet Organ Performance, Gallery 24 (Organist: Dr. Pamela Stover)

1 to 3 p.m.: Drawing in the Galleries with a Live Model, Great Gallery

2 p.m.: Great Art Escape Live Performances: Naach by Aha Indian Dance, Peristyle

CLICK LINK for a full list of daily happenings!


Noon Year’s Eve Zumba Party

Location: Main Library, McMaster Center Lobby

Phone: 419-259-5231

Admission: FREE

Date/Time: Saturday, December 31, 2016 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Countdown to Noon Year’s Eve with Zumba! Kickstart your resolution and get the New Year off to a good start with a party-packed session of Zumba. As it gets closer to noon, we’ll get out the party hats and noisemakers and watch the ball drop!



Walleye Drop!!

Location: N Madison St, Port Clinton, OH 43452

Date/Time: Dec. 31st 10 a.m. – Varies

Event of Happenings:

Touch a Truck – 2:30PM-4:30PM (FREE-donations appreciated)

Ever wondered what is like to sit in the back of a police car or honk the horn on a fire truck? Now is your chance to find out! Featuring emergency services, coast guard, armed forces, and various utility vehicles.

Minnow Drop and Kids Activities – 4PM -6:15PM (FREE-donations appreciated)

Location: Knights of Columbus Hall in Downtown Port Clinton

Let the little minnows enjoy the excitement of the day AND get them to bed on time. Join us for a smaller version of the Walleye Drop featuring games, snacks, live entertainment, face painting, balloon animals and a Walleye Drop fit for their smaller size! FREE Entertainment this year provided by: African Wildlife Safari… African Safari Wildlife Park will be bringing some of their favorite animals to visit Wylie Walleye and all his friends at the Minnow Drop this year! Learn about the animals, pet them and even buy a souvenir photo with a Burmese Python!

CLICK LINK,  for full schedule of events including Fireworks display!!!


WINTER QUEST Kick-off Event!!! (My family is super excited for this one….Thank you, Toledo!!!)

Kick-off Event New Year’s Eve

Location: Ottawa Park’s Skating Rink Toledo, OH 43606

Phone: (419) 245-2875

Admission: FREE

Date/Time: Dec. 31st noon-midnight (Ball Drop!)…schedule and times listed below

What is Winter Quest? It’s a new series of programs running Jan. 1 – Feb. 28. Just download the Winter Quest Log to get started. Then participate in a scheduled program(CLICK HERE for list of scheduled programs, ) listed or any outdoor activity on your own and record what you did. Each week that you complete a program or activity, bring your log to the Visitors Center at Wildwood Preserve, or post a message to our Facebook page, and you will be entered in a weekly drawing to win prizes, how cool is that!?! When posting to Facebook, just tell them about your outdoor, recreation activity that week (and they always love pics!!).

Come to the FREE kick-off event New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31 at Ottawa Park Skating Rink for a variety of fun activities. Choose the time that best fits your family:

Noon to 3 p.m.: Fun, educational family activities (and hot chocolate!) by Toledo Youth Commission, Metroparks, Toledo Zoo, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Toledo Museum of Art and Toledo School for the Arts.

Also noon to 3 p.m.: Ice skating and sledding

1 to 3 p.m.: Try archery and snowshoes

Teen and Adult Blow Out

6 to 8 p.m. – Archery, snowshoes, sledding, skating, s’mores over a campfire with spiced cider

8 to 10 p.m – Test your skills at throwing atlatls, take a night hike, sit by the campfire and enjoy music

10 p.m. to midnight: The fun continues with music to sled and skate to and a ball drop at midnight



Hap-Pea All Year Storytime

Location: Barnes & Noble, The Shops At Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St #1400, Maumee, OH 43537 & Barnes & Noble Franklin Park, 4940 Monroe St Toledo, OH 43623

Phone: 419-878-0652-Fallen Timber’s Store, 419-472-6164-Franklin Park Store

Admission/Cost: FREE

Date: Saturday December 31, 2016 11:00 AM

Just in time for New Year’s, the peas from the bestselling LMNO Peas are back for more fun — this time exploring the months of the year! Join us for Storytime and activities featuring Hap-Pea All Year.



Noon Year’s Eve at the Toledo Zoo

Location: 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH 43614

Phone: 419-385-4040

Admission/Cost: Zoo Admission is, Adults $17 -Children (2-11) $14 -Seniors (60+) $14 -Under 2 Years FREE (Parking is $7)….Members are FREE

Date/Time: December 31st, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New Year’s Eve is a great time to celebrate all that we’ve done and all that we will do in the coming year. But midnight can come too late for the little ones (and let’s face it, sometimes the not-so-little ones).

That’s why Noon Year’s Eve is such a great family event! Your family can raise a toast to the New Year with some tasty juice, sing a round of “Auld Lang Syne” and watch the ball rise… all at the stroke of noon! There’s even a place where you can make a few ReZOOlutions to be a little greener in the New Year.

Join the fun from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. on December 31 and enjoy some of these activities:

  • Watch the ball rise at the stroke of noon
  • Celebrate with an apple juice toast (while supplies last)
  • Race down the Ice Slide in the Amphitheatre (open at 11 am)
  • Enjoy an ice carving demonstration (will begin shortly after 12 pm)
  • Make some cool crafts in the African Lodge



New Year’s Eve Family Fun! Early NYE Celebration at Dave & Buster’s

Location: 5001 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43623

Phone: (419) 481-9800

Admission/Cost: $41.10 per person

Date/Time: Saturday, December 31, 5:00-8:00 pm

Tickets include food, soft drinks, game play, & entertainment! Ring in the New Year in a fun & a unique way with your family – tickets are available at until 12/30

Family Package Includes:

  • Appetizer Buffet
  • Dessert
  • Unlimited soft drinks
  • $25 power card
  • Unlimited Video game play
  • A video ball drop to ring in the New Year
  • $41.10 per person


Family New Year’s Eve Party at Henseville

Location: Hensville Park 28 N St Clair St Toledo, OH 43604

Phone: (419) 724-2337

Admission/Cost: FREE

Date/Time: Dec. 31st 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Bring the whole family to Fleetwood’s during the day for a very special family New Year’s Eve celebration. This FREE family event will begin at 11 a.m. featuring mascots, balloon artists, face painting, games and prizes and a holiday magic show at 11:30 a.m.

At noon, we will celebrate the New Year with our own 12 p.m. New Year’s Eve countdown and a complimentary apple juice toast! Fleetwood’s will offer family friendly lunch specials for purchase during the event.

Know of an awesome event/happening that isn’t on the list? Please comment and share! Happy New Year, loves!! xoxo


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