Family Friendly: Children can count down to noon for New Year’s
Children can participate in a Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Celebration.
Your kids won’t be jealous when you leave to ring in 2013 without them if you first bring them to the Park District of Franklin Park’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Celebration, noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at the Community Center, 9560 Franklin Ave.
“We’re going to have entertainment, music, dancing, an official balloon drop and a countdown,” Program Manager Phyllis Schmidt said.
Everyone will get noisemakers and New Year’s hats and participate in a toast to the New Year with sparkling grape juice — a new experience for the youngest partygoers. Pizza and other refreshments will be served.
“We also have a New Year’s Resolution Tree,” Schmidt said. “All the children can write down what their New Year’s resolution is and hang it up on the tree.”
The cost is $10 for residents, $15 for nonresidents. Preregistration is required and a parent must stay with their child at the event.
For details, call (847) 455-2852 or go to www.fpparks.org.
The bored Pumpkin King of Halloweentown kidnaps Santa in “A Nightmare Before Christmas.” The stop animation film is the Sunday Family Matinee feature, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at Elmwood Park Public Library, 1 Conti Pkwy.
For details, call (708) 453-7645 or go to www.elmwoodparklibrary.org.
KEEP ‘EM BUSY
By two days after Christmas a lot of kids will be bored with their new toys and looking for something to do. The Franklin Park Public Library will help a little with its Make It & Take It holiday craft event. All ages are invited to drop in at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27 to work on a New Year’s project.
For details, call (847) 455-6016 or go to www.franklinparklibrary.org.
Families can celebrate the New Year a couple of hours early at Zoo Year’s Eve, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. There will be music, games, party favors and an early countdown to 2013. The event is free with paid zoo admission.
For details, call (708) 688-8000 or go to www.czs.org.
RUMP JUMP GIANT
David L. Fisher holds the Guinness World Record for the most rump jumps — 56 jumps in one minute while reclining on his bottom. The guy better known as the Rope Warrior will dazzle your family with other amazing jump rope feats, 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. Register early because the event is bound to fill quickly.
For details, call (708) 452-3420 or go to www.oppl.org.