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Weekend Planner for the Kalamazoo Parent: December 29-31

by Jill P

 

Happy holidays from KZOOkids.com! We’re wrapping up this 2017 and have some great ideas for fun this weekend.

Now is the time to start planning your family-friendly NYE if you haven’t already done so. Some of the places on our list required advanced reservations.

Enjoy this weekend with your family!

 

NYE FAMILY FUN

 

KWings Game

The annual New Year’s Eve game on 12/31/17 is against the Quad City Mallards and features a 3:00 pm matinee puck drop. The early start time gives fans the chance to enjoy some hard-hitting action before heading downtown to ring in 2018 at New Year’s Fest.

This year there is a special package available called the Hungry Howie’s Friends & Family Deal. For only $35, you receive:

  • Four White Level tickets to the game on 12/31/17 at 3:00 pm
  • 4 Kalamazoo Wings hats
  • $20 Hungry Howie’s voucher

 

New Year’s Fest

New Year’s Fest is a family-friendly event hosted on December 31st from 5:30 pm to midnight. And, there will be fireworks at midnight!

New Year’s Fest is centrally located at Bronson Park and inside the buildings that surround the park in downtown Kalamazoo (240 W. South Street, Kalamazoo, MI, 49007). The ball drop and fireworks are free to attend. To attend any performances, admission comes in the form of a button, which is available for $7 in advance at 24 locations throughout Kalamazoo County. The buttons will be on sale starting December 15. On New Year’s Eve, buttons are $10 and available in Bronson Park. Children 3 and younger are free.

For a complete line-up and more information, visit their website, www.newyearsfest.com or see performance grid below.

 

Holly Jolly Trolley

Take the Holly Jolly Trolley around Downtown Kalamazoo from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am. The Holly Jolly Trolley is a wonderful way to take in the holiday decorations and lights while getting around downtown. To ride, just wait by one of the stops as shown on the map. To help you plan, the trolley leaves Bronson Park at the top and bottom of every hour. It’s free!

 

RELATED: 40 Things To Do with the Kids on Christmas Break Around Kalamazoo

 

New Year’s Eve Family Package at the Radisson

Check out this great option to celebrate the New Year locally. The New Year’s Eve Family Package at the Radisson in downtown Kalamazoo will be fun for the whole family!

Package includes  Standard guest room – choose either one king or two queens, 4 buttons into the DKI downtown Festival, 4 wristbands into the Radisson Kids Center (7:00 pm-12:30 am), Self Parking and Amenity at check in for $280 plus taxes.

 

Airway Fun Center

Airway Fun Center has a fun way to celebrate the New Years in the daytime with their NYE Party! Choose a start time of 3:30 pm or 6:30 pm and for $99.95 a lane, you get 2.5 hours of bowling, shoe rental for six, party favors for the kids, one large pizza and one pitcher of pop. For $30 more, add an additional pizza, pitcher of pop, and $20 in game play! Advance reservations highly recommended.

 

New Year’s Eve Skate

New Year’s Eve Skate at The Ice Rink at Millennium Park on 12/31/17 from a 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Prices are: $5 skate & rental package or $3 to skate only. Skate to upbeat music from a local DJ, lighting after dark, and a special countdown to coincide with New Year’s at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England. This is a great spot for teens and families to celebrate in a safe spot!

 

Rollerworld

New Year’s Eve Late Skate beginning at 7:00 pm. Admission price is $25.00 before December 31st, and $35.00 at the door. Admission includes over five hours of skating, along with prizes and games. Balloon drop for children 9 years and under.

Photo courtesy Jungle Joe’s Family Fun Center

Jungle Joe’s

Join the fun for a New Years Eve GLOW Party on December 31st from 5:00 pm – 8 pm. Call ahead for reservations as this is a ticket only event . Children $15, Adults  $5, and Toddlers $3. Activities include Glow Bounce, crafts, games, prize drawings, and food and drinks specials. Day-of tickets will be $18 per child, subject to availability.

 

New Year’s Eve Family Fun a Bit Further Away

 

Hall of Toys 

Head over to Battle Creek for “NYE Get to Bed at a Reasonable Hour” party. The New Year’s party starts at 7:00 and will have kid-friendly games, crafts, and snacks. It all wraps up with a balloon drop and sparkling cider toast at 9:00 pm. Feel free to come in PJs to make the transition to bedtime that much easier!Advance registration is required. Please register online or come into the store to register by December 29th. Cost $20 per family.

 

Craig’s Cruisers

Craig’s Cruisers will have an exclusive New Year’s Eve event. To join in on the activities, wristbands must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $26.99 per person and include:

  • All you can eat buffet for 3 hours
  • Unlimited Indoor Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, Ropes Course & Frog Hopper. – Unlimited Non-Redemption Video Games
  • Party favors

There are two choices for time: the Early Party (4:00 pm – 8:00 pm) or the Late Party (9:00 pm – 1:00 am). Guests under 16 require an adult chaperone. Visit online to purchase tickets.

 

Kids ‘N’ Stuff 

Ring in the new year on New Year’s Eve with special activities, a sparkling punch toast, and a countdown to noon! It’s recommended that you arrive a half hour before noon so kids have time to make their party poppers! Admission to the event is included with general admission, and is free for members.

 

Forever Curious Children’s Museum

Attend their popular Countdown to Noon event that includes special treats, games, dancing, and a balloon drop at 12:00 pm sharp! Tickets are only $5 a person, and 1 and under are free.

 

Want to stay home?  Throw your own party!

Check out New Year’s Eve party for kids for some great ideas on throwing your own party at home. Mock countdowns, balloon drops, and New Year’s Eve games are a great way to get your countdown to the new year party started.

 



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WEEKEND PLANNER

See our full Weekend Calendar for great family fun!

EVENT CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEKEND

December 29, 2017

Date/Time Event
Fri 12/29/2017
Jumanji Exhibit
Otsego District Library, Otsego, Michigan
Fri 12/29/2017
Klassic Arcade Winter Break Hours
Klassic Arcade, Gobles, MI
Fri 12/29/2017
Light Up The Bluff
Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph, MI
Fri 12/29/2017
Open Skating at Millennium Park
Millennium Park, Portage, MI
Fri 12/29/2017
Winter Break at Echo Valley
Echo Valley, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/29/2017
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Fri 12/29/2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Post-It Note Art Show
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/29/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Fri 12/29/2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Shipshewana's 10th Annual Ice Festival
Shipshewana, Shipshewana, Indiana
Fri 12/29/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Family Storytime
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/29/2017
10:30 am - 11:45 am
Holiday Family Yoga
Just Move Fitness and More, Portage, MI
Fri 12/29/2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Play and Learn
Kalamazoo Library- Powell Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/29/2017
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Winter Break Family Fun Days: Remote Control Derby
Air Zoo, Portage, MI
Fri 12/29/2017
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Winter Discovery Programs
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/29/2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WINTER BREAK PERFORMANCES - JOO REILY
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/29/2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Winter Stories with Jethro
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/29/2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Teen Writing and Drawing Group
Parchment Community Library, Parchment, MI

December 30, 2017

Date/Time Event
Sat 12/30/2017
Klassic Arcade Winter Break Hours
Klassic Arcade, Gobles, MI
Sat 12/30/2017
Light Up The Bluff
Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph, MI
Sat 12/30/2017
Open Skating at Millennium Park
Millennium Park, Portage, MI
Sat 12/30/2017
Winter Break at Echo Valley
Echo Valley, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/30/2017
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sat 12/30/2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Post-It Note Art Show
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/30/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sat 12/30/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Creature Feature
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/30/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Story of Ferdinand Storytime
Barnes and Noble, Portage, MI
Sat 12/30/2017
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Winter Discovery Programs
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/30/2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Game Tournament Tournament
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/30/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Weekend Swim
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/30/2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Winter Stories with Jethro
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/30/2017
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
This Is A Bookstore Film Series Launch
Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI

December 31, 2017

Date/Time Event
Sun 12/31/2017
Jumanji Exhibit
Otsego District Library, Otsego, Michigan
Sun 12/31/2017
Klassic Arcade Winter Break Hours
Klassic Arcade, Gobles, MI
Sun 12/31/2017
Light Up The Bluff
Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph, MI
Sun 12/31/2017
Open Skating at Millennium Park
Millennium Park, Portage, MI
Sun 12/31/2017
Winter Break at Echo Valley
Echo Valley, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/31/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pancakes & Pins
Airway Lanes, Portage, MI
Sun 12/31/2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Noon Year's Eve Family Celebration
Kids ‘N’ Stuff Children’s Museum, Albion, Michigan
Sun 12/31/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sun 12/31/2017
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Winter Discovery Programs
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/31/2017
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Noon Year's Eve Hike
Chipman Preserve, Galesburg, Michigan
Sun 12/31/2017
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
New Year's Eve Fest
Air Zoo, Portage, MI
Sun 12/31/2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sun 12/31/2017
3:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Daytime New Year's Eve Party
Airway Lanes, Portage, MI
Sun 12/31/2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jungle Joe's New Year Eve Party!
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sun 12/31/2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
New Year's Eve Glow Party
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sun 12/31/2017
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Year's Eve Skate
Millennium Park, Portage, MI
Sun 12/31/2017
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
New Year's Fest
Downtown Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/31/2017
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
New Year's Eve "Get to Bed at a Reasonable Hour" Party
Hall of Toys, Battle Creek, Michigan
Sun 12/31/2017 - Mon 01/01/2018
7:00 pm - 12:30 am
New Year's Eve Late Skate
Rollerworld, Kalamazoo, MI

 

Need more ideas for family fun? Remember to check our Events Calendar at KZOOkids.com. What fun things will you be doing this weekend?

 

 

 

 

Jill P

Jill is a mom of a busy 8 year old son. KZOOkids.com was started in 2013 to showcase all of the great things to do in and around Kalamazoo. When not working the KZOOkids.com website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.

 

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