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New Year’s Eve Events – For The Whole Family

Updated for 2023

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!

Grand park new years eve los angeles
Courtesy of Grand Park, from 2019

New Year’s Eve Events for Families in Los Angeles 2023

noon year's eve at Discovery Cube Los Angeles

Noon Year’s Eve
Discovery Cube Los Angeles
11800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar, CA 91342

This December 31, take the entire family to Discovery Cube Los Angeles for the popular Noon Year’s Eve event! The event features a toast with apple cider and ginger ale, your favorite science exhibits, a mega balloon drop at 12pm and 3pm, a dance floor with live music DJ, and much more fun! Tickets are $5 for members and $22 for non-members (GA included in price).Tickets are available online starting November 27th. (Discovery Cube Los Angeles is an advertising partner.)

Ring in the New Year: East Coast Countdown Celebration
Downtown Santa Monica

Sunday, December 31| 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. 
Ring in the New Year with a family-friendly East Coast Countdown Celebration. Ice at Santa Monica, presented by Netflix, invites guests to join in a heartwarming and unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration tailored for families and kids of all ages. Experience ice skating under the stars, indulge in delicious food and drinks and join in the excitement of a countdown to midnight (East Coast time). 

Kids’ New Year’s Eve
LEGOLAND California Resort
One LEGOLAND Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008

Ring in the New Year on December 31 with dazzling fireworks, delicious treats, festive entertainment, and more at this year’s Kids’ New Year’s Eve. Countdown to LEGOLAND California’s version of midnight (which is a kid-friendly 7 p.m.), view fireworks from several areas in the Park with special 3D glasses that turn the bursts into LEGO bricks, or embark on a scavenger hunt through Miniland to help the Minilanders find their New Year’s Eve party hats.

Gloria Molina Grand Park’s NYELA
200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Join with thousands of Angelenos to ring in the new year with Gloria Molina Grand Park’s NYELA, the biggest free New Year’s Eve music and dance party in the West Coast starring Los Angeles’ best DJs and musicians performing on two stages! The alcohol-free celebration for the whole family crescendos with an epic countdown to 2024 depicted by the park’s signature 3-D video projection and light show on City Hall. From 8pm – 12:30am.

The New Year’s Eve Musical Revue
Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Usher in 2024 with the internationally acclaimed, award-winning Actors’ Repertory Theatre presents the Playhouse New Year’s Eve extravaganza for 2023 for two performances on Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 7:00 pm & 10:30 pm. In addition to the on-stage merriment, this Playhouse annual favorite New Year’s Eve show offers champagne, sparkling cider, delightful sweets and savories, hats, noisemakers, favors, special prizes and surprises all included in the price of admission, making it arguably the best New Year’s celebration in town. Both showings are family-friendly, for those who’d like to celebrate with the grandkids and grandparents. It’s a not-to-be-missed New Year’s Eve bash! ADMISSION: $39.50 (7:00pm); $49.50 (10:30pm) – both include champagne, sparkling cider, delightful sweets and savories, hate, noisemakers, favors and special surprises! Discounts available for students, teachers, seniors, members of the military, groups of 8 or more, and youngsters 12 years old and under. Reservations are necessary.

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 2024 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. 

young boy dressed in a tuxedo blowing on a noisemaker for new years eve
Photo Credit: Pretend City

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. 

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.

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

Spend 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 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.

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. 

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 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.

New Year’s Eve Events Near Me

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