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Best Things To Do on New Year’s Eve – For The Whole Family

Depending on the age of the children in your family, you may not be able to wait for midnight to celebrate the New Year. And in Southern California, that’s no problem. There are lots of Things to do on New Year’s Eve with Kids in Los Angeles, especially as we get ready to welcome the start of a whole new decade! 2020, here we come!

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There are plenty of New Year’s Eve Family Events on our list, as well as fun ideas for families to celebrate, because New Year’s Eve with Kids is very special and New Year’s Eve in LA is super fun!

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New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles

Noon Year’s Eve
Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 North Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91103

Kidspace wants to celebrate the new year with your family on Tuesday, December 31st from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Get there early to participate in the countdown to the Stroke of Noon! Celebrate and have fun with DJ’s, confetti, party hats, dancing, and more.(And note – this year, there is NO balloon drop.) Expect heavy traffic and parking delays in the area, so plan accordingly. 

New Year’s Eve L.A. (N.Y.E.L.A.)
Grand Park
200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The 8th Annual N.Y.E.L.A. may be more suitable for families with older children, because the festivities begin on New Year’s Eve at 8:00 pm and continue through until 1:00 am. Families can expect to enjoy live music, dancing, a 3-D video projection and light show, and fireworks. Food trucks will be on site as well. 

New Year’s Eve Glow Party
Burton Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

You can celebrate the New Year twice if you choose to celebrate in Marina del Rey. There will be a jumbo screen showing a live broadcast (at 8:59 pm) of east coast celebrations to 2020 and then again at 11:59 for the west coast celebrations. The festivities begin at 7:00 pm and includes a Glow Party, face painting, DJ, dancing, food trucks, and fireworks at midnight. Admission is free.

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration at L.A. Zoo Lights
Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Families are invited to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Los Angeles Zoo beginning at  6:00 pm. Marvel at L.A. Zoo Lights, enjoy a dinner buffet, play games, join the DJ dance party, watch a live broadcast of New York’s Times Square ball drop at 9:00 pm, and more. Tickets are available online. ($74 for adults, $49 for children ages 2-12).  

Annual New Year’s Eve Musical Revue
Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

The Santa Monica Playhouse invites you and your family to celebrate the New Year with a fun production, food, and merriment. On New Year’s Eve there will be two shows — one at 6:00 pm (perfect if you’re attending with your younger children) and a later show at 9:30 pm. Enjoy a buffet supper before the show and then get ready for the fun. Tickets are available online. 

EVE At Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Spend New Year’s Eve day and night enjoying Universal Studios Hollywood’s many popular rides. Then celebrate the evening with a special park-wide party featuring multiple DJs and live music entertainment hubs, that will culminate simultaneously at midnight with a traditional New Year countdown and a spectacular fireworks display. EVE is included in the price of general theme park admission.

Dave & Buster’s New Year’s Eve Family Bash
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Head to Dave & Buster’s for their New Year’s Eve Family Bash! This family-friendly event begins at 6:00 pm. “With cocktails and video games galore, there’s nothing like ringing in the New Year while ranking in points at the arcade.” Enjoy music, food, games, and a celebratory atmosphere! Check the website for ticket information. 

New Year’s Eve in Orange County 

 First Night in Fullerton Family New Year’s Eve Party
Downtown Fullerton

The city of Fullerton is celebrating the New Year with its annual “First Night Fullerton” event. This family-friendly celebration is from 7:00 pm until midnight. This free event features live musical performances, food vendors, games, rides, a kids corner, and a fireworks show at midnight. 

New Year’s Eve at Disneyland
1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802

Some may think that the best place to ring in the New Year is the “Happiest Place on Earth.” Disneyland invites families to celebrate the New Year with music, festivities, and of course, fireworks. Enjoy dual performances of Disneyland’s “Fantasy in the Sky” Fireworks Spectacular at 9:00 pm and again at midnight. 

New Year’s Eve at Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620

Families will enjoy a festive New Year’s Eve experience at Knott’s Merry Farm. You’ll find stage shows, live musical performances, and a fireworks finale! Knott’s will be open on December 31st from 10:00 am to 1:00 am and all New Year’s Eve festivities are included with regular daytime admission. Check the website for information about admission prices.

Annual Noon-Year’s Confetti Countdown
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

Your family can count down to the New Year at Pretend City’s annual celebration. Pretend City will be celebrating the New Year at different times throughout the day as the sun travels across the different time zones. Get ready for confetti as the sun sets in Bangladesh, Dubai, Athens, and London. Art activities include making party hats, noise makers, and clocks. Check the website for a schedule of activities. The fun starts at 10:00 am. All activities are included in general admission.

Worth The Drive

Kids’ New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND California Resort
1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

If you’re looking to get out of town for New Year’s, then LEGOLAND might be the place for your family. Celebrate New Year’s the LEGOLAND way — they are recreating the Times Square ball drop with a giant LEGO brick falling. And, the countdown happens at 6:00 pm so no one misses a bedtime. Celebrate with party favors, kids’ bands, fireworks, and a lot of fun!

New Year’s Eve Grape Drop
Civic Center
41000 Main St., Temecula, CA 92590

If New Year’s Eve means heading out of town, then you can celebrate in Temecula with their annual Grape Drop. The fun includes live music, vendors, and kids’ activities. Families can “celebrate 2020 twice with an East Coast (9 pm) and West Coast (midnight) countdown.” The free Fun Zone will be open from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. 

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