New Year’s Eve for Kids in Des Moines

New Year’s Eve in Des Moines with Kids 2021

If you are a parent, celebrating New Year’s Eve celebrations may look a little different now with kids. Des Moines, Iowa, and several surrounding communities offer fun events and activities to do as a whole family. Check out all the fun planned and gather some ideas to plan your own New Year event to celebrate the end of 2021.

Keep checking back! We will be adding more events and activities as they are announced throughout the month.

Events happening around Des Moines

Dive Into The New Year Kids Movie Night & Pool Party – Hotel Renovo – 2021 Sponsor

Hotel Renovo

December 31, 2021

Join Hotel Renovo to ring in the New Year as a family! Enjoy two movies in the pool area that will be played at 7 pm and 9 pm, open swim until 12 am, champagne (make sure you have a champagne toast) and other drinks will be available at the bar. This special package also includes a Movie Snack Basket and Day After Continental Breakfast. There are special room rates! Use code MOVIE when checking out. Reserve your room today!

Happy New Year Scavenger Hunt

Urbandale Public Library 

December 16 – 31, 2021

Drop into the Urbandale Public Library to hunt down 9 New Year-themed pictures hidden throughout the children’s area. Don’t forget to sign the champion’s log after you’ve found them all.

New Year To-Go Kits

Ankeny Kirkendall Library

December 20 – 30, 2021

Pick up an early literacy to-go kit filled with goodies and activities to ring in the new year at home! Kits will be available from Dec. 20-30.

New Year’s Family Kits

Urbandale Parks & Recreation

Register by December 23

Countdown to 2022 has begun! What better way to ring in the New Year than having fun with the family? The Urbandale Parks and Recreation Department is here to help! With our New Year’s Family Kits, you can have fun in the comfort of your own home. For just $30, you will get all the supplies needed to welcome in 2022. Our kits offer masks, hats, noisemakers, snacks, and activities for the whole family to be a part of! If your New Year’s resolution is to spend more time with family, then this is perfect for you! Reserve yours now!

Family New Year’s Around the World

Grimes Public Library

December 27, 2021

9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Stop by the Library and pick up your kit while supplies last! Celebrate the coming of 2022 with crafts and activities inspired by New Year’s traditions around the world.

Family Noon Year’s Eve Party

Ames First United Methodist Church

December 31, 2021

10:30 a.m. to Noon

Ames First United Methodist Church’s annual Family Noon Year’s Eve Party is BACK!! We are so excited to have this free, fun, family, community event again. On multiple access levels, there will be games, make your own crafts of party hats and 2022 glasses, science shows, puppet shows, glow in the dark dance party, take-home goody bags, and of course, the HUGE 900+ balloon drop with a countdown to noon, complete with on-the-big screens fireworks and bubble wrap popping all around.

Masks will be required for this event. Keep an eye on this event page for more details on the schedule as we approach the new year! 

Craft Party Drop-In

Urbandale Public Library

December 31, 2021

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tis the season to get crafty. Stop by Meeting Room A/B to make some winter-and-celebration-themed crafts! We will have directions and supplies for several crafts; you choose the ones that are right for you. 

Activities are self-led, while supplies last.

Kid’s Noon Year’s Eve Party

Pathway Church – Johnston

December 31, 2021

10:30 a.m. to Noon

Bring the kids to celebrate and count down the new year! Come at 10:30 am to enjoy carnival games, make a fun craft, eat a yummy snack and join the dance party as we bring in the new year (12 hours early)! The schedule is real simple:
10:30-11:30 – Carnival Games; 11:30- Noon – Dance Party with countdown and balloon drop.

New Year’s Eve Palooza

Johnston Public Library

December 31, 2021

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Drop-in anytime between 11:30 am -12:30 pm and join the Johnston Public Library for a fun New Year’s Eve celebration.

Follow a scavenger hunt throughout the library and earn prizes as you go. Create a party hat, earn 2022 glasses, and finish the day off with a fun photo at our photo booth! Open to kids of all ages and their grown-up.

Countdown to Noon 

Warrior Lanes 

December 31 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Countdown to the “noon” year at Warrior Lanes with a special Noon Year’s Eve party! Enjoy glow-in-the-dark bowling, concert lights, and black lights. Prices start at $65 per lane and include 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, large 1-topping pizza, and soda.

Playground for Kids

December 31, 2021

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join Playground for Kids from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A balloon drop will happen right at Noon!

Noon Year’s Eve

Pump it Up – Urbandale

December 31, 2021

10 a.m. to Noon OR 1 to 3 p.m.

Noon Year’s Eve includes jumping, sliding, racing, and more. At the end, there will be a Glow in the Dark Balloon Drop. There will be noisemakers, hats, and a big countdown. Registration is strongly suggested due to a normally sold-out event. Parents are free.

Science Center of Iowa

December 31, 2021

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We’re excited to host our annual Noon Year’s Eve event this year! Join us to ring in 2022 with special activities, experiences, and an official count down. Activities include fort building, creation of a celebratory New Year hat, ice & water table exploration, glow in the dark dance party, selfie station to mark the new year, and share in a collective countdown to welcome 2022 at the family-friendly time of NOON! Get your tickets in advance.

Iowa Wild

Wells Fargo Arena

December 31

2 p.m.

Do not miss the Iowa Wild play against the Colorado Eagles. The Greater Des Moines Partnership has come together to plan the ultimate New Year’s Eve game at the Iowa Events Center. Do not miss the post-game spectacular fireworks display! Snag your tickets today.

Hop-A-Lot NYE Party


December 31

4 to 8 p.m.

Celebrate the New Year with Hop-A-Lot. Enjoy bounce houses and tons more fun. More detail to come. Keep your eyes on their event page.

Parent’s Night Out

West Des Moines RecPlex

December 31

4 to 10 p.m.

Join West Des Moines Parks and Recreation for a very special version of Parents’ Night Out to close out the year 2021! These extended hours will give parents the opportunity to take a little more time to close out the year while their kids are having the time of their life with them! They will be having an early balloon drop, fun NYE-themed activities and crafts, glow-in-the-dark dance party, open playtime, snacks, and of course a pizza party. $30 per person. Register before all spots are filled!

Other activities to celebrate the end of the year!

Brenton Skating Plaza

Lace-up your skates and close out the year ice skating in Downtown Des Moines. Skating hours are 5 to 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and noon to 11 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

Jolly Holiday Lights

Not open on New Year’s Eve, but head out to check the light displays on New Year’s Day! Or check out some other fun Christmas Light Displays happening all around the Des Moines area.

BONUS! Happen to have a sitter and looking for a date night idea? Check these things out! This may be a great option for the older kids in your life.

New Year’s Eve Pops: The Music of Elton John Starring Michael Cavanaugh

Des Moines Civic Center

December 31

One of Central Iowa’s favorite New Year’s Eve traditions returns this December as the Des Moines Symphony performs New Year’s Eve Pops: The Music of Elton John Starring Michael Cavanaugh. Grammy and Tony-nominated Broadway star Michael Cavanaugh and his band join the Des Moines Symphony for a high-energy celebration that will have audiences singing along to classic hits and rock favorites all night long. Purchase tickets.


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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