Thanks to Lawrence Hall of Science for sponsoring our guide to New Year's Eve with kids!
You already know that New Year's Eve with kids is a little different than partying with your friends. Luckily, there are some terrific kid-focused daytime celebrations for ringing in the New Year with children. Besides, here on the West Coast, it's probably New Year's somewhere. Cheers!
From early to so-late-its-early-again here are our top picks for December 31:
Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley
Start your year off right with science. Bring the whole family to the Hall on the afternoon of New Year's Eve for exciting scientific celebrations, including a huge balloon drop at 2:00 p.m.
Count down to 2017 at our New Year's Eve Balloon Drop—held at 2:00 p.m. because, hard as we might try, not all of us can stay up until midnight. As you get showered with hundreds of balloons, raise your apple cider glass in a toast to all the growing and learning experiences your family will have at the Hall in the New Year.
The New Year's Eve Balloon Drop is part of Winter Weeks, two exciting weeks of science activities at the Hall, December 17–January 1.
Noon Year's Eve at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito
Count down to noon and watch the ball drop in Festival Plaza. Dance along to DJ Mancub. Design your own party crown and noise maker to celebrate the Noon Year. Lots of bubbles and beads. A fun tradition for New Year's Eve for kids. Heather visited in the past with her children (ages 3, 7, and 9) and had a blast until naptime. Regular admission price applies.
When: From 9am to 2pm
Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland
Ring in 2015 with your kids, and the rest of the planet, at this daytime Balloon Drop Celebration happening at 11am, 1pm, and 4pm. Children 5 and under are separated from the bigger kids. Some times/ages still available. Space is limited and registration is required. Price is $5 additional to entrance fees. Register here >
Albany Community Center Hall in Albany
Celebrate Noon Year's Eve in Albany – perfect for kids (and parents) who can't stay awake past 9pm. FREE party kits, craft stations, trivia and music from 11:00-1:00pm. The ball drops at noon – don't miss it.
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach in El Cerrito
Playland is throwing a New Year's celebration everyone can enjoy. Bring the whole family (stick the sleepy ones in the “quiet room”) and play pinball, partake in the New Year's treasure hunt, and drink sparkling cider all night long. Tickets are $30 for everyone 3 and up; no RSVP is required.
Twirl in Alameda
This drop-in art studio-meets-playspace invites you to take part in a balloon drop on at noon.
Habitot in Berkeley
From 9.30 to 4.30, confetti-themed activities will dominate Habitot, from the art table to the wind tunnel. Plus, every child will get to take home a free noisemaker.
At home in your house. Sparkling juice, videos, twinkly lights, or however you choose. Kids go to bed when you say!
This post was sponsored by Lawrence Hall of Science.