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

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

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. And if you’re looking for New Year’s Events Near You, just scroll down and check out our handy Map.

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! Whether there will be New Year’s Fireworks, or a New Year’s Balloon Drop, New Year’s Eve in LA is super fun!

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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 family-friendly ways to celebrate the New Year!

New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles

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

Families can celebrate the almost-new-year at Kidspace Children’s Museum on Monday, December 31st from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The festivities include a ballon drop (at 12:00 pm), live DJs, party hats, dancing, and more. Expect heavy traffic and parking delays in the area. Available space in the balloon drop areas are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

N.Y.E.L.A. at Grand Park
200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The 6th Annual N.Y.E.L.A. event 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, “interactive motion-graphic activations for audiences to bring to life with their own moves, and a countdown featuring 3-D digital video mapping on the side” of City Hall complete with a light show inspired by LA 5th graders dream of their Los Angeles. 

Marina del Rey’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Glow Party
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Celebrate the New Year in Marina del Rey’s Burton Chace Park. The fun starts at 7:00 pm with a Glow Party complete with face painting, music, food trucks, and more. The event is free. There will also be two fireworks shows — one at 9:00 pm and the other at midnight.

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration at the LA Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive, 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, and more. Tickets are available online. ($70 for adults, $45 for children 2-12). 

Annual New Year’s Eve Musical Revue at the Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th Street, 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.

New Year’s Eve-Eve at the Zimmer Children’s Museum
6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
On the lobby level of the Goldsmith 

10… 9… 8… let the countdown begin to the New Year’s Eve-Eve at the Zimmer! The New Year’s Eve (eve) balloon drops at 1:18pm, 2:18pm, and 3:18pm on Sunday, December 30, 2018! Kids can decorate their own accessories and noisemakers as we get ready to ring in 2019! This program is FREE to the general public with paid museum admission.

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. A special park-wide party starts at 9:00 p.m., 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 theme park admission.

Dave & Buster’s New Year’s Eve Family Bash
9301 Tampa Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

Head to Dave & Buster’s Northridge for the Valley’s first-ever, New Year’s Eve Family Bash! This family-friendly event takes place from 6PM-10PM with the New York countdown commencing at 8:59PM with 10 seconds to go! Check the website for ticket prices. And for information on other Dave & Buster’s NYE celebrations including this one in Hollywood.

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 27th anniversary of the annual “First Night Fullerton” event. This family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration is from 7:00 pm until midnight. This free event features live musical performances, food vendors, games, activities, 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. And if you didn’t get a chance to enjoy it yet, you’ll be able to experience Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park and  Disneyland.

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 at Pretend City
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
Phone:(949) 428-3900

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 and noise makers. Check the website for a schedule of activities. The first countdown is at 9:45 am and the last one at 4 pm with lots of fun activities throughout the day. 

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 22 feet in the air. And, the countdown is happening at 6:00 pm so no one misses a bedtime. Celebrate with party hats, special glasses, and an incredible fireworks display.

Old Town Temecula – New Year’s Eve Grape Drop
41000 Main Street
Temecula, CA 92590
Phone: (951) 694-6480

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. See website for schedule of events. 

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