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

Updated for 2020

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 – most of them at home this year.

Many events have been cancelled this year, so please check before heading out.

There are some virtual 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!

Plus some special dining options To Go from some awesome LA restaurants.

Best Family Friendly New Year's Eve Events in Southern California - MomsLA
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Virtual New Year’s Eve Celebrations

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

The annual flagship West Coast countdown celebration Grand Park’s NYELA will ring in 2021 with a new format as a special national broadcast and streaming event for the first time. With partnerships with Fuse and new Latin music label Dim Mak En Fuego from two-time Grammy-nominated DJ/producer Steve Aoki, Grand Park’s NYELA, powered by The Music Center, will provide the first ever opportunity for people around the country and around the globe to enjoy the park’s grand-scale New Year’s Eve experience—L.A.-style. Given COVID restrictions and Grand Park’s commitment to keeping artists and the public safe from community transmission, this year’s program is intended to help ensure the public’s safety and well-being while preserving the park’s widely embraced New Year’s celebration from the comforts of home. Viewers can tune in or log on starting Thursday, December 31, 2020, from 11:00 p.m.–12:30 a.m. PST / 2:00 a.m.–3:30 a.m. EST to January 1, 2021, to watch on Fuse, or stream on the Fuse YouTube channel, Grand Park’s digital channels and on The Music Center Offstage. The event’s signature midnight countdown takes Los Angeles County’s New Year’s Eve tradition to new heights as 3D animation graphics will highlight community, resiliency and Los Angeles as part of the annual digital countdown show designed by local innovation studio yU+co.

LA County Library Virtual Noon Year’s Eve Celebration

Celebrate the new year with the LA County Library System. The virtual festivities begin at 11:00 am. Families will “make a cardboard New Year crown, learn about New Year traditions around the world, and try out some cool dance moves.” The activities are designed for children ages 5 and up. Register online and check the list for needed materials so you’ll have everything you need to make your crown.

Rockin’ Rockfish Noon Year’s Eve – Virtual

“Celebrate the beginning of a new year with the Seattle Aquarium’s Rockin’ Rockfish Noon Year’s Eve!” The festivities are happening on the 31st and begin at 11:30 am. This free, virtual event features music, a dance party, fun facts about some of the Aquarium’s animals, a fun countdown, and more. Reserve your spot online.

Virtual Balloon Drop New Year Celebration

The Chabot Space and Science Center is hosting a Virtual Balloon Drop New Year Celebration on December 31st at 11:00 am. The virtual party will feature “hundreds of colorful, bio-degradable balloons raining down from above.” Attendees will also receive a special STEM Kit, “filled with supplies for activities we will be doing during the celebration.” Register online to receive the Zoom link information.

Noon Year’s Eve – Virtual

The Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting a Noon Year’s Eve celebration on December 31st at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. “Create a fish party hat, meet a live Ambassador Animal, and dance your way to the Noon Year’s countdown with the Pacific Pals puppets.” Tickets are $5 and are available online. 

Lego Brick Drop
Legoland California – Miniland New York

LEGOLAND® California Resort is ringing in 2021 early with a classic LEGO® brick drop in Miniland New York. The LEGO Miniland revelers are standing six LEGO studs apart (as close to 6 feet in Miniland terms as possible) as they wait in line to receive toilet paper and vaccine shots – the perfect party favors to end 2020. The scene includes a nearly 9-inch long LEGO brick cascading down into Times Square as the partying Minilanders – wearing masks, of course – await a merciful end to 2020.

New Year’s Eve Dinner To Go

904 N. Sycamore Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038

After a brief holiday break, they’ll reopen again starting Thursday, 12/31 just in time to purchase a bottle of Champagne, Regiis Ova supreme caviar with housemade  potato chips, and steak frites to ring in the new year. Or try something else fabulous from their menu.

Jane Q
1800 Argyle Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028

One night only – this special runs will exclusively on December 31st from 3pm-9pm. Executive Chef Jeffrey Williams’ menu features a fresh lobster pasta, a seared wagu NY strip, a spatchcock hen, roasted white asparagus, shrimp cocktail, a pear tart tartin, and more! In addition to the delectable menu, alcoholic bubble boxes complimented by festive gear are available. Food can be ordered as a prix fixe menu or a la carte, allowing guests to craft their own evening of celebratory treats. So sit back, press a few buttons, and let us safely help you ring this New Year. Prices range from a prix fixe dinner of $67 to ala carte items at $12. You can order for delivery through all your favorite apps- Postmates, Grubhub, and Doordash- or by calling 213-279-3534 for safe pick up. See the full menu on their website.

Fuego Restaurant
Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach 90802

Executive Chef Juarez’s New Year’s Eve Dinner first course is a choice of Lobster and Corn Bisque with lobster meat, corn relish and Serrano cream; or Burrata Tomato Salad with burrata cheese, vine ripe tomatoes, arugula, aged balsamic gastrique, extra virgin olive oil and crostini.

New Year’s Eve Dinner Entrées feature a selection of Filet Mignon with char filet of beef, truffle wine sauce, oyster mushrooms, braised fingerling potatoes and asparagus; Chilean Sea Bass with pan-seared sea bass, sage butter sauce, chanterelle mushrooms, mashed acorn squash and roasted broccolini; Roasted Maple Leaf Duck with half-roasted duck, Oaxaca mole, humita and chili oil; or Butter Poached Maine Lobster Tail with stuffed with jumbo lump crab and rock shrimp, roasted broccolini and lime cilantro sauce. Fuego’s New Year’s Eve dessert is Chocolate Ganache Cake with bittersweet chocolate filled with fresh raspberries and chocolate ganache. Also, add some additional holiday cheer to your New Year’s Eve Dinner or midnight toast with all available Fuego wines or champagnes Buy One Get One 50 percent off. For order and pick-up on Thursday, December 31 from 5-9 p.m., please visit their website or call 562-481-3910.

The Cat & Fiddle Pub & Restaurant
742 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90038

The Cat and Fiddle Family New Years is always celebrated with a traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage meal that represents good health, good fortune, and good luck. They are offering the same to their customers and wish you all the best for the year ahead! You can order a complete Corned Beef and Cabbage Meal with Potato Leek Soup or Organic Green Salad and a Choice of Sticky Toffee or Myers Lemon Meringue Pie for $36. Party favors included and enjoy the meal with our popular Mulled Wine or a split of Champagne. Call or order online.

Grand park new years eve los angeles
Courtesy of Grand Park

New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles

Noon Year’s Eve – cancelled this year
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 Glow Party – cancelled this year
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 – cancelled this year
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).  

EVE At Universal Studios Hollywood – cancelled this year
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.

First Night in Fullerton Family New Year’s Eve Party – cancelled this year
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 – cancelled this year
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 – cancelled this year
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.

Kids’ New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND California Resort – cancelled this year
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 – cancelled this year
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. 

New Year’s Eve Events Near Me

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