Party hats, check. Balloon drop, check. Puppetry and pizza? Yep! Your kids aren’t going to make it until midnight (and let’s be honest, you might not either) but have no fear: Portland is home to many celebrations perfect for ringing it in with the whole family. From noon year’s eve to overnights, read on for our picks for welcoming 2016 with your little noisemakers.
photo: Penny’s Puppet Productions
Daytime Celebrations for the Family
For a sweet way to spend your last Thursday morning of 2015, join Penny and her puppets for a showing of Faye the Fairy’s New Year’s Eve Party. There’s even hot chocolate, coffee and tea included with admission.
When: Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., doors open at 10 a.m.
Age: 1 & up
Where: The Alberta Abbey, 126 N.E. Alberta St., 503-282-9207
Noon Year’s Eve Party for Preschoolers
Celebrate New Year’s at noon with your youngest ones at the Northwest Library with dancing, balloons, activities and snack. A preschool-friendly fun and free way for you and your kiddos to ring in the new year without having to wait until midnight.
When: Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Age: 5 & Under
Where: Northwest Library, 2300 N.W. Thurman St., 503-988-5560
photo: SimonPix via Flickr
Evening Celebrations for the Family
Red Yarn New Year’s Eve Family Show
Looking for an evening celebration to finish the year that’s fun for the whole family, and bedtime-friendly too? Red Yarn and friends will present a special show at Mississippi Pizza celebrating the end of 2015. Grab a table and order any one of their specialty pizzas and have dinner and a show with the whole family. A glass of sparkling cider or champagne for a toast is included.
When: Dec. 31, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free admission
Where: Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., 503-288-3231
photo: sean d via yelp
Out of This World Pizza
Bring the whole family for a night of unlimited pizza and unlimited fun! Festivities include a dinner buffet, bingo and door prizes, a D.J. hosted Stellar Play, and even champagne, beer and wine for purchase for the grown ups. Count down to midnight in a place where everyone gets to celebrate.
When: Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Cost: $12/person (ages 2 & up, under 2 are free) in advance; $15/person at the door
Age: All Ages
Where: Out of This World Pizza, 6255 N.W. Century Blvd., 503-629-8700
Oaks Park New Years Eve Skate Party
Looking for something that will keep you rolling into the new year? Lace up with family and friends for an all ages party with raffles to win, games to play and tons of fun for everyone. A great way to keep the energy burning as you and your junior derby teammates practice your fancy footwork until the dawn of 2016.
When: Dec. 31, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Age: All Ages
Where: Oaks Park Skating Rink, 7805 S.W. Oaks Park Way, 503-233-5777
photo: Kelly Gardiner
Overnight Celebrations for the Family
The Oregon Garden
For a celebration with a bit of extra magic sprinkled in, book a Family New Year’s Eve Package. Your celebration includes admission to Christmas in the Garden with a breathtaking holiday light display, admission to their outdoor ice skating rink, a s’mores kit to roast by the fire in the Garden, a bottle of sparkling cider, party favors and minors are welcome to join the party and live music until 9 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge. If that wasn’t special enough, the festivities include breakfast the next morning.
When: Dec. 31 – Jan. 1, 3 p.m.-11 a.m.
Cost: $199 and up for the family package
Age: All Ages
Where: The Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St., Silverton, 503-874-2500
photo: WeVillage Yelp biz page
Evening Child Care
WeVillage New Year’s Eve Party
Sign your kids up for a New Year’s Eve party like no other. Parents can toast in the new year with their fellow grown ups, knowing their kiddos are in a safe space. Kids will party it up with music, dinner, snacks and games, and then everyone will come together to watch the ball drop in Times Square and cheer in 2016 with a cider toast. New Year’s Eve Party available at all 4 locations, be sure to reserve your spot online or via phone.
When: Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 6 p.m.-1 a.m.
Cost: $85/member 3 & up; $105/non-member for ages 19 months & up; $115/child non-member
Ages: Toddlers (over 19 months)-12 years (no infants)
WeVillage: The Pearl
1024 Glisan St.
WeVillage: Orenco Station
1295 NE Orenco Station Pkwy
WeVillage: Happy Valley
16126 SE Happy Valley Town Center Dr.
WeVillage: NE Portland
1901 N.E. Broadway
Overnight Child Care
The Children’s Gym
For an evening that lets kids celebrate like kids, sign your littler partier up for the New Year’s sleepover at The Children’s Gym. After a family dinner together, drop off your little gymnasts at 8 p.m. and they’ll join in the fun for open gym play, games, snacks and a movie. Everyone who can keep their eyes open will cheer on the ball drop and toast with cider before dropping off to sleep.
When: Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 8 p.m.-8 a.m.
Cost: $75/member, $90/non-members
Age: 5-13 years
Where: The Children’s Gym, 1625 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 503-249-5867
What’s your favorite way to ring in the New Year with your family?