Seven Affordable Things To Do in Milwaukee on New Year’s Eve

December 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to finalize your plans for New Year’s Eve!  Here are some options and advice we’ve compiled for affordable New Year’s Eve events in Milwaukee.

Dining Out – A number of restaurants have special menus and require reservations for New Year’s Eve.  If you’re looking to dine out, we suggest you call the restaurant of your choice and inquire about their menu and reservation options.  If you’re looking to use a coupon, be aware that the Entertainment Book coupon policy states the coupons aren’t valid on major holidays such as New Year’s Eve.  However, if you have a coupon you’d like to use, we suggest contacting the restaurant to see if they will accept the coupon.  Chances are some businesses will still accept the coupons on a holiday as they won’t want to turn away business.

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at the Mitchell Park Domes – The popular annual New Year’s Eve celebration is loaded with entertainment including children’s entertainers, crafts, balloons, and live music.  Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for kids (children 5 and under are free).  The event takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  For more information and to make reservations, visit the Friends of the Domes website.

Winter Fest Family Fun New Year’s Eve Celebration – A new celebration this year, Winter Fest offers many different family friendly activities. Starting at 6:30 p.m., there will be live entertainment, games and activities from Radio Disney, and Winter Fest activities including free ice skating and skate rental.  At 8:30 p.m. and midnight, there will be a New Year’s countdown and ball drop.  Admission is $15 at the door or $12 in advance from Ticketmaster.  Children under three are free.

Free Ice Skating – Due to the warmer weather so far this winter, skating will not be available at any Milwaukee County ponds.  The skating rink at Red Arrow Park is open, and free ice skating is available until 1:00 a.m. on New Years Eve/Day.  Skate rentals are available.

As an alternative, the Pettit National Ice Center has open skate from noon to 9:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.  Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for kids.  In Waukesha County, Eble Ice Arena is open from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.  A buy one, get one free admission coupon for Eble is available in the Entertainment Book.

Watch a movie at home – Watching movies is a popular choice with people who like to stay at home on New Year’s Eve.  If you reserve a movie in advance on Redbox.com, you’ll pay only $1 (if you rent directly at a Redbox machine, the price is $1.20).  Reserving in advance online is a good idea since the selection on New Year’s Eve may be limited.

Harlem Globetrotters at the Bradley Center – The Globetrotters are back for their annual New Year’s Eve appearance.  Games are at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Bradley Center, and tickets start at $19 plus fees. Tickets can be purchased on Ticketmaster and the Bradley Center box office.  We recommend visiting the box office to avoid Ticketmaster fees.

The Polar Express at the IMAX – See the popular holiday movie, The Polar Express, at the Humphrey IMAX Dome Theater located at Milwaukee Public Museum.  Show times are 4:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.  Tickets are $9 for adults ($8 for seniors/students/teens and $7 for children), and  can be purchased online at the Milwaukee Public Museum website.

Do you know of any other fun and affordable options for New Year’s?  If so, please leave a comment Also, if you’re willing to spend a little more cash out on the town and are looking for a party, this list of  from Between the Bars Milwaukee is a great resource.

Discounted Admission to Pettit National Ice Center Today

December 13, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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pettit logoThe Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is sponsoring a Put Hunger on Ice promotion today at the Pettit National Ice Center.

From 1 to 5pm and 7:10 to 9pm today, bring two non-perishable food items for the Hunger Task Force and receive 40% or more off skating admission.

With donation, adults are only $4 and Kids/Seniors are only $3.

If you bring your food donation between 1 and 2pm you’ll receive free admission!