10…9…8…7: 6 NYE Activities for Portland Families

New Years Eve is yet another family fave night out, this year falling on a Tuesday. Ring in 2014 at one of these local, festive venues and let the new year welcome you to fresh starts, inspiring resolutions and plenty of family adventures.


New Years Eve Skate at Oaks Park
We’ve got big love for Oaks Park every day of the year. NYE, however, gets an extra thumbs up. Door prizes for the first 50 kiddos, a dj helping to make your wheels spin, skate games and the much-anticipated glow skate. It’s more fun than Ryan Seacrest. Don’t tell him we told you.

7:00 pm – 1:00 am $20/skater

Oaks Park
7805 SE Oaks Park Way
Portland, Or


New Years Eve Party at Out of this World Pizza
Who’s up for a pizza, salad and soda buffet plus bingo, door prizes and a dj hosting stellar play? What’s stellar play you ask? Club-worthy sound, flashing lights, alien backdrops against the play structures and lasers. Yep. Stellar! There are designated areas for toddlers and under 5s, and the lights are tamer there to boot. This may be the night of the year to go hang at Out of this World.

$12 in advance, $15 at the door for ages 2 and up, 9:00 pm – 12:30 a.m. You can also add a $20 game card for $10 bucks if you buy in advance.

Out of this World
6255 NW Century Blvd
Hillsboro, Or

RY at VB

NYE with Mo and Red
Mo Phillips and Band + Red Yarn and Band = Awesome. These super-fly kindie rockers are busting grooves at the Village Ballroom on NYE. Red Yarn and team go on first, followed by Mo and his jam, to be followed by a deep sleep for your littles after two hours straight of ninja moves. stomp claps and puppet and human high fives. Food and drink available from The Oregon Public House where you can help change the world one beer at a time.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.   We recommend buying in advance as this show’s gonna sell out like Gaga in Vegas. 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

The Village Ballroom
700 NE Dekum
Portland, Or


New Year’s at Noon: Portland Children’s Museum

Ring in the New Year with museum musical favorites, Greasy Kids Stuff, as they spin groovy tunes. Join PCM for multiple New Year countdowns, noisemaker creations, and a dance party. The merriment begins at 9:30 am and the ball drops every half hour between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

9:30 am – 1:30 pm, free with museum admission.

Portland Children’s Museum
4015 SW Canyon Road
Portland, Or

mr ben at miss pizza

Mr. Ben at Mississippi Pizza
Mississippi Pizza takes care of dinner and dishes, Mr. Ben entertains your kids. Your only job is to show up at 5:00 pm and relax with a beer. Blast 2013 off with Portland’s fave newly short-haired guitar ukelele-ist. HIs son likely won’t be under his chair.

Cash donations. A recommendation is $5 per adult, and $3 per kiddo, 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

Mississippi Pizza
3552 N. Mississippi Ave
Portland, Or

cosmic bowling

New Year’s Eve Cosmic Rent-a-Lane
Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper don’t know what they’re missing. Sunset Bowl, one of Portland’s fam-friendly bowling alleys, is rocking kiddo worlds with their Cosmic Bowling. Party favors, sparkling cider (or champagne for adults) and you guessed it…pizza, plus super groovy lighting, a midnight countdown and tunes. Call ahead and make a resssie because space, like 2013, is limited.

6:00 – 8:00 pm, 8:30 – 10:30 pm or 11:00 – 1:00 am.  $74.95 per lane plus shoe rental.

Sunset Bowl
12770 SW Walker Rd
Beaverton, Or

What will you be doing with the fam to ring in 2014? Tell us your plans in the comment section below!

– Liz Overson

Thanks for the photos Oaks Park, Out of this World, Mr. Ben and Portland Children’s Museum Facebook pages.