New Year’s Eve. It deserves celebrating, but deciding just how to do that can be tricky, especially for families with children. Fortunately the Waterloo Region plays host to several annual New Year’s celebrations that are fun, affordable – admission is free to all three events – and best of all, family friendly:
New Year’s Eve in Waterloo
Sunday, December 31st, 2017
Waterloo Public Square, 75 King Street S, Waterloo
The New Year celebrations in Waterloo are especially great for families as they start and finish early, allowing Mum and Dad to spend quality time with the kids and then maybe sneak off to a more adult celebration for a few hours later (if a babysitter can be secured!)
The celebrations include a free family skate at RIM Park and free warm beverages for all. This year the festivities have a space travel theme, so there will be arts and crafts opportunities with a space-y bent and entertainment form the likes of Drew Ripley Entertainment, who who be making balloon sculptures, special rockets and more.
For more information check out the official website here.
New Year’s Eve in Kitchener
Sunday December 31st, 2017
City Hall Rotunda, 200 King Street West, Kitchener
Kitchener’s New Year celebrations this year are taking on a cartoon theme, celebrating some of the best and most loved cartoons form across the years. A visit from the Mystery Machine and Flintstones vehicles is planned, there will be a special vintage cartoon cereal box display (and free cereal) , a retro gaming arcade (take lots of quarters) and free crafting for kids. There will also be free ice-skating on Carl Zehr Square.
At 10pm the party will start in earnest with live music from great local bands and then at midnight, when 2018 arrives, fireworks will welcome the New Year in!
To learn more, check out the official website here.
New Year’s Eve in Cambridge
Sunday, December 31st 2017
Hespeler Memorial Arena, 640 Ellis Rd, Cambridge
Cambridge hosts another early celebration featuring free ice skating, with each family allowed one hour’s free skate, beginning at 445pm.
There will be lots to do off the ice as well, including crafts and games for kids, a bouncy castle, fun photo booths and a performance from Mr Chris and The Gassy Bubbles.
Get more information at the event website here.