Events specifically for children or teens as well as those for families, including classes, park and library programs, music, dances, family fitness events, battles of the bands. Deadline is two weeks before event date.
Almost New Year's Party: 11 a.m.-noon Monday, Dec. 31, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton. Open to ages 4-6. Crafts, games and a special toast. Register at ahml.info.
Family New Year's Eve Party: 5-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, Glenview Ice Center, 1851 Landwehr Road, Glenview. Music, fun and games, and a kid-friendly toast at 7 p.m. Admission is $8. Visit glenviewicecenter.org.
Happy 'Noon Year': 10 a.m.-noon Monday, Dec. 31, Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview. Celebration for kids ages 3-9 accompanied by an adult. Make crafts, play games and bounce on inflatables. Balloon drop in the main lobby at noon. Advance registration is required. Fees: $5 per child for park district residents; $6.25 for nonresidents; free for adults. Call (847) 724-5670.
Winter Storytime Lottery ends: Jan. 3 is the last day parents can enter their children ages 6 and younger in the Mount Prospect Public Library's Winter story time lottery. This session, with a variety of times and age groups, will run Jan. 14uFeb. 22. Reserved for Mount Prospect Public Library cardholders. Sign up in person at the Youth Services desk. Call (847) 253-5675.
Party of Teen in Wheeling: 7-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, Wheeling Park District Community Recreation Center. The Party's Here (TPH) and it's just for students in grades six-eight. A variety of supervised activities are planned, including a super obstacle course, DJ entertainment, and swimming at the Arctic Splash indoor pool. The teens also can take part in various games, including football toss, baggo, and hula-hoop contests. Prizes and giveaways add to the fun. Pizza is available for purchase. Admission is $1; school IDs are required. For information, call (847) 465-3333.
Game On! Wii and Xbox 360: 4-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, South Branch of the Mount Prospect Public Library, Community Connections Center, 1711 W. Algonquin Road, Mount Prospect. Video games, snacks and friendly challenges for teens. …