Best Family New Years Eve Event in Akron, Ohio: First Night Akron

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Are you looking for the Best Family New Years Eve Event in Akron, Ohio? All the fun and excitement for families is in Downtown Akron for First Night Akron 2012.  There is way more than anyone could ever attempt to do which means there is something for every interest and age at First Night Akron.

First Night Akron is this Saturday, December 31, 6 p.m- midnight. The cost is just $10 for adults and kids under 10 are FREE!  Downtown Akron makes New Years Eve affordable and fun for families!

Below is just a highlight of things for kids to do on New Year’s Eve at First Night Akron.

The Shoppes at Akron Centre 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Make and take money jars with PNC’s For You, For Me, For Later station

Akron-Summit County Public Library 6:00-11:00 p.m.
Akron-Summit County Public Library Children’s Make & Take

Ohio College of Clowning Arts  6:00-6:30 p.m.; 6:45-7:15 p.m.; 7:30- 8:00 p.m.; 8:15-8:45 p.m.

Magic Mike 9:15-10:00 p.m.; 10:15-11:00 p.m.
and lots more at the Library!

Summit Artspace 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Let’s Move, Summit County!  6:00-9:00 p.m.
FREE winter hats and goodie bags for the first 250 kids!

Asian Services in Action, Inc. (ASIA, Inc.) 6:00- 9:00 p.m.
Get a Chinese “Happy New Year” bookmark and a fortune cookie !

The Center for Literacy The Center for Literacy 6:00- 9:00 p.m.
Digital devices for kids to discover, create in, and explore fun educational applications.

METRO Transit Center 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Stick with Bus at First Night this year! My kids favorite!

METRO Make & Takes 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Make your own Headlight or Stickman!

Smile! You’re on Camera! 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Stop in the Red Eye photo booth and capture your evening with a free photo!

Stickman Launch! 8:00 p.m.
500 stickman with treat bags will parachute to Transit Center floor


Downtown Akron Show and Fireworks

Akron Children’s Hospital Kids Countdown Show
ZOBAPAGO at 8:15 p.m.
Count down with Franklin T. Moose

FirstMerit Fireworks Show at 9:00 p.m. at the Mainstage on Main Street!

Midnight Countdown First Merit 11:45 p.m.

FirstMerit Fireworks Show Midnight


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First Night Akron

Buy your Downtown Akron Passport now for a free admission button for First Night Akron on December 31! A $10 value!

How much does First Night Akron Cost?

Buttons are just $10 for ages 10 – adults and Kids under 10 are FREE! Parking is free too!

When is First Night Akron?

New Year’s Eve – Saturday, December 31, 2010 from 6 p.m.-midnight. (new time from previous years!)

Don’t worry if it is cold, snowing, or raining! First Night Akron primarily takes place at INDOOR venues in Downtown Akron with several activities outdoors including fireworks displays.

Where do I buy First Night Akron Buttons?

There is still time to buy your First Night Akron 2012 Buttons at the below locations.

First Night Akron office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Acme Fresh Markets

Actors’ Summit Theatre

Akron Beacon Journal Customer Service Desk

Carolyn’s Cupboard

FirstMerit Bank (participating branches)

The Library Shop on Main

Lock 3

Stage Left Boutique at the Akron Civic Theatre

Admission buttons available only at Acme Fresh Markets until 8 p.m., The Library Shop on Main and Stage Left Boutique at the Akron Civic Theatre on December 31.


Downtown Akron has plenty of family friendly events and attractions year round including: Akron Aeros, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Akron Civic Theatre, Akron Art Museum, Lock 3, Downtown Artwalks, festivals, shopping and more!

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