Family NYE

You can ring in the New Year with Food, Fun, and Festivities - even if you've got kids in tow. Thankfully, a handful of Chicago venues have kept families in mind by offering kid-friendly fun! Here are five ideas for a festive Chicago-style New Year's Eve with the entire family.

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Twinkly and Pop Package at the Thompson Hotel, Chicago

Enjoy in-room delivery of sparkling champagne (for mom and dad) and cookies and milk (for the kids!) and a night at one of Chicago's best luxury boutique hotels, located in the heart of the Gold Coast. The Thompson Hotel's suite-style rooms mean that mom and dad can enjoy the champagne while the kids are tucked into bed. Upon checking in, kids will also be treated to a Thompson backpack full of goodies and holiday treats. Perfect for travelers or those looking for a staycation, Thompson will provide 50% off of valet parking as icing on cake. Rates start at $309 per night and can be booked here.

Ring in the New Year... at Noon at the Chicago Children's Museum

Join the Chicago Children's Museum on Navy Pier for Noon Year's Eve, a kid-centered celebration that will ring the new year in...at noon. Countdown with noise makers and avoid pre-midnight meltdowns. While you're there check out the Snow Much Fun exhibit: You'll enjoy all the best of snow with zero chill factor. Build a snow fort, throw snowballs, dress up a snowman and skate on the "ice" rink in your socks.

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Usher in the New Year with the Animals at Lincoln Park Zoo's ZooLights

Open on New Year's Eve from 5 - 9pm, Lincoln Park Zoo's free ZooLights festival is a wonderful way to get outdoors and celebrate the blessings of 2013 while looking forward to the New Year. Enjoy live music, large-scale ice carving, and millions of twinkling lights throughout the zoo. Escape from the chill by visiting with your favorite animals, especially the crocodiles, pygmy hippos and meerkats at the Regenstein African Journey. The zoo will also be distributing complimentary festive hats, horns and party favors to visitors while supplies last!

Celebrate Aboard the Spirit of Chicago

Step aboard the Spirit of Chicago for a fun New Year's Eve lunch cruise. You'll count down to the new year just a tad bit earlier, at noon, with festive hats and noisemakers. Enjoy a buffet lunch and outstanding views of the snow covered city and icy lake. Cruise boards on Tuesday, December 31, at 11 a.m. Order your tickets today at spiritofchicago.com

Celebrate the New Year - Italian Style 

Scoozi is River North's Italian trattoria specializing in a wide range of antipasti, brick-oven pizzas, and housemade pastas - all perfect for sharing family-style. On New Year's Eve, from 4:00-6:00pm, kids 12 and under can make their own pizza and create their own ice cream sundae at a giant sundae bar for $6.99. While mom and dad ring in the new year with champagne, kids can toast to an awesome 2014 with sparkling grape juice. Chef John Chiakulas will be preparing a number of signature house specials, including handmade lobster ravioli. Streamers and hats will round out the fun.