New Year’s Eve in Chattanooga for Kids 2012

New Year's Eve in Chattanooga

New Year’s Eve in Chattanooga for Kids

News Year’s Eve 2012 in Chattanooga for Kids

The clock is ticking. How is it already time to ring in 2013? Check out our list of top spots to spend New Year’s Eve with your littles.

Creative Discovery Museum – New Year’s at Noon
321 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402

10am to 4pm Family New Year’s Eve party at Creative Discovery Museum. Come celebrate the clock striking twelve (noon) on New Year’s Eve.  This is always a fun event for kids and their families. Watch as Father Time descends the stairs with the New Year baby, enjoy our apple juice toast and make hats and shakers for the parade at noon.

KidsPark Chattanooga
Hamilton Village
2020 Gunbarrel Road #166
Chattanooga, TN 37421

5pm Kids Park will be celebrating New Year’s Eve. There will be Minute to Win it games, and sparkling cider. They will be open until 1am.  

Rock City – Enchanted Garden of Lights
1400 Patten Road
Lookout Mountain, GA 30750
6pm – 9pm This will be one of your last chances to see the Enchanted Garden of Lights until next Fall. If you missed the lights before Christmas or just want to visit again, this is final week for the Enchanted Garden of Lights (last day 1/5). See more than 30 holiday scenes that transform the garden’s natural daytime splendor into a night-time fantasyland. Enjoy gingerbread cookie decorating, hot cocoa, Sugar Plum Fairy Makeovers, and nightly entertainment at the North Pole Adventure! See elves harvesting candy canes and building toys!
Southern Belle – New Year`s Eve Kid`s Cruise  
201 Riverfront Parkway Pier #2
Chattanooga, TN 37402

11am – 1pm Another great way to celebrate the clock striking 12 (noon) is a Kid’s cruise on New Year’s Eve aboard the Southern Belle There will be an official countdown to bring in the New Year! Boarding begins at 11am, departure at 11:30am and returns at 1:00pm! There will be a DJ, the limbo, musical chairs, and a choo-choo dance train around the boat! Party favors will be on board for everyone as well as Papa John`s pizza and an apple juice toast!  

Tennessee Aquarium – New Year’s Sleep in the Deep  
1 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
5:30pm – 8:30am Celebrate New Year’s Eve visiting animals and habitats from around the world and then raise a “midnight” toast with a sparkling non–alcoholic beverage. Enjoy special activities and tours, pizza, and a continental breakfast.

The Aquarium and IMAX Theater will both be open on New Year’s Eve. If you don’t already have tickets for Sleep in the Deep, this event is, unfortunately sold out. The next one is scheduled for Valentine’s weekend.

Celebrate at Home

Start a new tradition by celebrating New Year’s Eve at home. While we will be out exploring New Year’s Eve during the day, we will be enjoying the evening at home with friends. This will be the first time we have really celebrated the night with KJ and we are looking forward to a fun evening with a house filled with guests and other littles.

Some of the fun we have planned.

1. Theme – I’ve become a bit obsessed with themes for parties. This one is winter wonderland (Yes, I did get some inspiration from the Creative Discovery Museum’s Winter Wonders)

2. Since our kid crowd is 7 and under, there is no guarantee of them seeing midnight (or our adult group for that matter). We plan to ring in every hour of the evening just in case.

3. We will be releasing wish lanterns (think the movie Tangled) with our wishes for 2013. Thanks to my creative friend Sara A for this great idea.

4. Decorating snowflake cookies (these will be a pretty and yummy addition to our winter wonderland theme, and has nothing to do with the crazy excess of royal icing I have from making too much for Christmas)

5. Of course, the usual New Year’s Eve hats, noise makers, and kid-friendly toast.

We wish you a very Happy New Year, and hope you enjoy some of this “little” fun for New Year’s Eve.

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