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Things to do: Ring in the New Year with the kids

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No need to keep the kids up until midnight to celebrate New Year's Eve, there are plenty of events around town to ring in the new year before bedtime. Here's a roundup of the best of what's around:

Build it Big Bubble Bash 2013
Where: DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington in Naperville
When: 9:00 a.m. to noon
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for everyone else. Call (630) 637-8000 for reservations.
Details: Live music and lots of bubbly activities followed by a count down to noon from the mayor.

New Year's Eve at Legoland
Where: Streets of Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg
When: 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $12, kids under 2 are free, call (847) 592-9700 for reservations
Details: Kids can join in and build a LEGO wish board, participate in a scavenger hunt, and create a personalized mosaic while dancing to live music and toasting the new year with sparkling grape juice.

Zoo Year's Eve at Brookfield
Where: Brookfield Zoo
When: 5:00 p.m. To 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free with zoo admission
Details: A live DJ, games and prizes accompany an early countdown at 8:00 p.m. The Hamil play zoo will have crafts for kids, and everyone can enjoy the zoo lights one last time.

Family New Year's Eve Party
Where: Vaughan Athletic Center, Aurora
When: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $7 per person, call (630) 907-9600 by noon on 12/31 to register.
Details: Giant inflatables for bouncing, games, art, dancing and more. A countdown with a balloon drop at noon will accompany party favors and snacks.

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