Updated for 2022
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!
There are lots of 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 fabulous LA restaurants are serving special New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day menus, so scroll down to find out.
New Year’s Eve Events for Families in Los Angeles 2022
Grand Park’s NYELA Countdown to 2023
200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Grand Park’s NYELA Countdown to 2023 is “Downtown L.A.’s biggest free New Year’s Eve music and dance party.” This is a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration featuring musicians, DJs, as well as “an epic countdown to 2023 depicted by Grand Park’s signature 3-D video projection and light show on City Hall.” The festivities are scheduled for Saturday, December 31st from 8:00 pm to 12:30 am. Check the website for more details as they become available.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display and GLOW Party
Multiple locations including
Burton Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA
Celebrate the New Year with fireworks in Marina del Rey. There will be two ten-minute fireworks shows so if midnight is past your family’s bedtime, you can still enjoy the show. One show happens at 8:59 pm and the other at 11:59 pm. “The shows will be shot from the Marina’s south jetty and can be viewed from virtually anywhere in Marina del Rey, Venice Pier, Playa Vista and Dockweiler Beach.” In addition, the family-friendly GLOW Party is happening at Burton Chace Park from 7 pm to 12 am. Free admission.
New Year’s Eve Grape Drop
Civic Center, Old Town Temecula
41000 Main St., Temecula, CA 92590
If New Year’s Eve means heading out of town, then celebrate in Temecula with their annual New Year’s Eve Grape Drop. The fun includes live music, vendors, and kids’ activities. Families can “celebrate 2023 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 at Noon
Pennypickle’s Workshop – Temecula Children’s Museum
42081 Main St., Temecula, CA 92590
Get ready for some New Year’s Eve fun at Pennypickle’s Workshop in Temecula. The “Professor’s VERY special party” festivities are scheduled from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. (Note – the museum will only be open during the hours of this event and will close at 12:30 pm.) This event sells out so be sure to pre-register by calling 951-308-6376. $15 per person, ages 2 and up.
Noon Year’s Eve
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 on Saturday, December 31st. 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. Several art activities are planned including making your own noise makers to help celebrate. Check the website for a schedule of activities. All activities are included in general admission.
New Year’s Eve with The Roots
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
“One of the most versatile groups in hip-hop history says hello to the New Year.” Two performances of The Roots are planned for New Year’s Eve – one at 7:00 pm and one at 10:30 pm. Details and tickets are available online.
Noon Year’s Eve
Discovery Cube Los Angeles
11800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar, CA 91342
Families are invited to celebrate Noon Year’s Eve at the Discovery Cube Los Angeles from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. There are lots of fun activities planned including dancing, toasting apple juice and ginger ale, watching the “mega balloon drop at noon,” and more. All activities are included in general admission. Tickets are available online.
New Year’s Eve Presented by Night Dive (Adult-only Event)
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
The Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31st from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am. The festivities include a live band performing in the Great Hall, DJs spinning in the galleries, dancing, a photo booth, and a confetti countdown at midnight. Food and drink will be sold separately. Advanced tickets are required and are available online. Perfect for those with grown-up kids.
Kids’ New Year’s Eve
LEGOLAND California Resort
One LEGOLAND Dr., 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, where “midnight” comes early so no one misses their bedtime. The festivities include live music, a special countdown, and “an early fireworks display illuminating the sky and welcoming in 2023.” Tickets are available online.
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. “From finger-snapping 40s jazz to foot-stompin’ country rock, Jewish patter songs to romantic ballads, this show has it all! Add champagne, sparkling apple juice, hats, tiaras, noisemakers, streamers and surprises and you have a not-to-be-missed New Year’s Eve celebration.” On New Year’s Eve there will be two shows — one at 7:00 pm (perfect if you’re attending with your younger children) and a later show at 10:00 pm which also includes a midnight meet-and-greet with the cast. Tickets are available online.
EVE at Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Spend Saturday, December 31st enjoying Universal Studios Hollywood, and get ready for an evening of celebratory fun described as “Hollywood’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration.” The festivities feature musical entertainment, a brilliant fireworks display, and access to select rides and attractions. All special events are included in the price of theme park admission, and on Saturday, December 31st you can celebrate with extended hours until 2:00 am. The Celebration party begins at 9:00 pm. Tickets and details are available online.
Noon Year’s Eve
The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation (MOXI)
125 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
If you’re looking to get out of town, head up to Santa Barbara on New Year’s Eve. MOXI is hosting its Noon Year’s Eve event on Saturday, December 31st. Check the website for updates and more information about activities and tickets as they become available.
New Year’s Eve at Disneyland
1313 Disneyland Dr., 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.
Family New Year’s Eve
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Families are invited to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Los Angeles Zoo. The celebration includes express entry to L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow, a buffet dinner, dancing, live broadcast of the Times Square Ball Drop, and more. This is an all-ages event. Tickets are available online. ($100 for adults, $75 for children ages 2-17).
Pull My Finger – New Year’s Eve Edition
The Crow – Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Ave. F4, Santa Monica, CA
Get ready to laugh. Pull My Finger – New Year’s Eve Edition is happening on Saturday, December 31st at 5:00 pm. (Doors open at 4:45 pm.) The Crow is a female-owned, mom-owned comedy club. Pull My Finger is described as a “g-rated family friendly comedy show” including stand-up, improv, and a high level of silliness. Tickets are available online.
Noon Year’s Eve Party
Southern California Children’s Museum
459 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
Southern California Children’s Museum is hosting a Noon Year’s Eve Party on Saturday, December 31st from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. The fun includes “open play, a confetti drop at 12 noon, an intention-setting activity, a dance party, and more fun surprises!” Capacity is limited; tickets are available online.
Noon-Years Eve Party
18025 Bloomfield Ave., Cerritos, CA
The Cerritos Library invites families to celebrate the new year twelve hours early. The fun is scheduled for Saturday, December 31st from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm and features games, crafts, and storytime. Everyone will then countdown to the Noon Year together.
New Year’s Eve Celebration – Virtual Event
On Saturday, December 31st at 3 pm ET, celebrate New Year’s Eve early with Story Pirates. The fun features a “Story Creation Zone where a team of hilarious Story Pirates bring your kids’ ideas to life on the spot!” Register online for this free event, and then details will be emailed to you.
New Year’s Eve at Knott’s Merry Farm
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 enjoy extended hours, live entertainment (including a family-friendly comedian, live bands, swing dancing, and more), as well as a “Midnight Fireworks Spectacular.” Details and ticket information are available online.
Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration
Old Town Music Hall
140 Richmond St., El Segundo, CA
Visit Old Town Music Hall on the 31st at 8:30 pm to take part in the Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration. “This year’s program features renowned theater organist Mark Herman, along with a grab bag of short films featuring music, dance and other fun tid-bits.” Tickets are available online.
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at Los Angeles Restaurants
Ring in the New Year Early at Dave & Buster’s
Multiple Locations including
9301 Tampa Ave. Suite 212, Northridge, CA 91324
Head to Dave & Buster’s for their New Year’s Eve Family Bash! This early family-friendly event begins at 4:00 pm. The Celebration includes “mouthwatering food, thrilling arcade games,” and a “special video countdown and Ginger Ale Toast at 6:00 pm to ring in 2023.” The event concludes at 7:00 pm. Tickets are required and are available online.
New Year’s Eve Dinner
114 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Redbird is offering a special New Year’s Eve dinner this year. On December 31, Chef/Owner Neal Fraser and his team will be serving a three-course prix fixe dinner with optional wine pairing by Wine Director Matt Fosket. Menu includes Oysters, Abalone Chawanmushi, Beef Tartare, Wild Mushroom Bolognese, Cavatelli, Day Boat Scallops, Rack of Lamb, Beef Tenderloin, as well as choice of Dessert. Reservations may be made online.
Celebrate the New Year
118 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica CA 90402
Visit Tallula’s for a “comforting and festive, beachside New Year’s Eve dinner.” Chef Juan Robles will be “cooking up a show-stopping Mojarra Frita.” Reservations will be available soon, and walk-ins will be welcome as well. Check the website for more details as they become available.
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