5 Ways to Celebrate New Years with Kids in the Iowa City Area

It seems safe to say we are all looking forward to ringing in 2021 after a disastrous 2020. While the pandemic continues to make traditional gatherings difficult, there are still a few fun ways to ring in New Years with kids in the Iowa City area.

New Year spelled in fireworks. celebrate with your kids in the Iowa City area


Celebrate New Years with Kids in the Iowa City Area

Late Addition:

A Very Special Noon Years Eve Virtual Extravaganza

When: Dec. 31, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Iowa Childrens’ Museum Facebook or YouTube
Cost: Free

Embark on a special scavenger hunt leading up to the big (virtual) balloon drop! Watch through the museum’s Facebook and on YouTube. Learn more.

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration with the Iowa City Public Library

When: Dec. 31, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Zoom
Cost: Free

Register and pick up a Noon Year’s Eve activity kit from the Iowa City Public Library’s lobby grab-and-go. There are a limited number of kits, but the Zoom is unlimited! Learn more.

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration with the Coralville Public Library

When: Dec. 31, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Zoom
Cost: Free

Dress up or dress down for this new years celebration over Zoom. Registration is required.

Kids’ Noon Year’s Eve at Big Grove Iowa City

When: Dec. 31, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Where: Big Grove Iowa City
Cost: Free

This is an in-person event where kids can decorate cookies and pop confetti poppers. A video will play on the big screen of the ball dropping. Face coverings and social distancing is required. Each family will be at their own table. Learn more.

Cedar Rapids Library’s Noon Year’s Eve

When: Dec. 31, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.
Where:
CR Library YouTube channel or Facebook page
Cost: Free

Grab your party hats, noisemakers, and balloons, and get ready to count down to noon with the Cedar Rapids Public Library at home! Join a special guest for some music, fun, and a celebration of the start of 2021. Learn more.

Vinton Parks & Rec’s New Year’s Eve at Noon

When: Dec. 31, 2020 at 10 a.m.
Where:
Vinton Skate & Activity Center, 1703 C Ave., Vinton, IA (45 minutes north of Iowa City)
Cost: $7/person, and you must pre-register.


How are you celebrating the New Year with your kids?


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Katie is a spouse, mother, and professional communicator. She became acquainted with Iowa City as a student at the University of Iowa, earning degrees in Journalism, Political Science, and most recently her MA in Strategic Communication. Katie and her husband met and fell in love in Iowa City, deciding to never leave. Their family can often be found eating their way through downtown, walking their dog in City Park, or cheering on their beloved Hawkeyes at live sporting events.

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