Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Ideas


Celebrating the start of a new year is a tradition that transcends culture and is often marked with food, drink, parties, festivities and time spent with loved ones. But what about the kids? What can you do to ensure that everyone has a great time together on December 31? In this blog, we are discussing family-friendly New Year’s Eve options to help you and your kids make the most of the year-end holiday.

Staying Home

For parents with younger children, the prospect of heading out on the town for some family-friendly New Year’s Eve fun can be quite overwhelming so why not stay in and make some traditions of your own.  You can set a festive mood by creating a signature mocktail for the kids with a similar cocktail for the adults that you can enjoy all night long. You may even consider having something special like sparkling juice to toast in the New Year. You can also make a variety of treats during the day to enjoy throughout the evening. Making resolutions as a family can be a fun annual tradition and sharing them with one another can create a degree of accountability that increases your chances of succeeding in them. To round things out for the night, make sure you have a countdown because kids love this part of the New Year’s Eve tradition. Regardless of whether you want to wait for the real thing or celebrate early, there are a large variety of choices for how to execute your countdown.

Having Friends Over

If you are looking to kick up the fun factor of staying home, consider hosting your kid’s friend’s families for a group celebration at your house. If you coordinate ahead of time, you can pool resources and put on an excellent family friendly New Year’s Eve party for your kids. While the above suggestions can still apply to this option, there are some additional elements you should consider including to make the event special. Having some themed games or crafts to go along with the party will help keep the children entertained and give them something enjoyable to do while waiting for the ball drop. You may even consider setting up a photo booth for kids and parents alike or renting out inflatables or other party items. Finally, what party would be complete without music and dancing? You can hire a DJ to take care of it or make use of a playlist with a mix your and your child’s favorite music to keep things moving throughout the night.

Going Out

For those that have their heart set on getting out of the house with their children for New Year’s Eve, there are a ton of great options that allow you and your family to get out on the town to celebrate the New Year. Check out some of the family-friendly New Year’s Eve options in your area in the list below:

San Francisco

Bell Ringing at the Asian Art MuseumDaytime Party at Lawrence Hall of ScienceFamily Party at PlaylandSmall Talk Cafe’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

Southern California

Kid's New Year's Eve at LEGOLand Pajama Jam at the New Children's MuseumRockin’ New Year’s Eve at Corvette DinerFuturistic Party at the Carlsbad Sheraton

Wine Country

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! at The Charles M. Schulz MuseumNew Year’s Eve Family Style

Lake Tahoe

Heavenly HolidaysKirkwood Mountain ResortKid’s/Teen’s Night Out at Squaw Valley ResortLight Parade and Fireworks at Tahoe Donner