It’s always midnight somewhere, right? That’s the attitude that plenty of less-intrepid parents adopt when it comes to celebrating the new year, especially with the pre-school party set, and there are plenty of options in our area for the early-to-bed crowd. If your pint-sized party animals are of the night-owl variety, however, have no fear, because we’ve got them covered, too.semakers.  


photo: Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr

New Year’s at Noon at the Portland Children’s Museum
Get those noisemakers and resolutions ready, because it’s that time again for New Year’s at Noon. Ring in the New Year with museum favorites, Greasy Kid Stuff, as they spin groovy tunes! Join in on the dance party, multiple New Year’s countdowns, as well as art and craft activities inspired by cultures around the world.

When: Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free for babies under 1, $10.75 for ages 1-54, and $9.75 ages 55-plus
Where: 4015 SW Canyon Rd., 503-223-6500


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Penny’s Puppets
Join professional storyteller Penny Walter as she rings in the new year just a bit early with a full hour of puppet-astic celebration at Faye the Fairy’s Rocking New Year’s Eve.

When: Dec. 30, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., doors open at 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $5/person
Age: All ages, babies under 1 get in free
Where: The Fremont Theater, 2393 NE Fremont St., 503-282-9207

Noon Year’s Eve Party for Preschoolers
Northwest Library is once again offering a free Noon Year’s Eve celebration for the five and under crew, which will feature snacks, balloons, dancing and other activities.  Pop in for an easy way to party with your preschoolers without a late night or insane amounts of clean-up.

When: Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Age: 5 & Under
Where: Northwest Library, 2300 N.W. Thurman St., 503-988-5560

Rink in the New Year at Oaks Park
Get a rolling start on the new year by lacing up at Oaks Park. This all ages party offers plenty of music, games, prizes and family fun that lasts well into the wee hours.

When: Dec. 31, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Cost: $20/person
Age: All Ages
Where: Oaks Park Skating Rink, 7805 S.W. Oaks Park Way, 503-233-5777

Out of This World Pizza
The whole family is invited for a night of unlimited pizza and unlimited fun! Festivities include a dinner buffet, bingo and door prizes, a D.J. hosted Stellar Play, as well as 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, reservations necessary
Age: All Ages
Where: Out of This World Pizza, 6255 N.W. Century Blvd., 503-629-8700


photo: Mt. Hood Territory via Flickr

Mt. Hood Skibowl
If it just doesn’t feel like a new year without the white stuff, Mt. Hood Skibowl is here for you. This year, the ski hill celebrates 29 years of its legendary fireworks extravaganza with fun going all day and continuing until 2:00 a.m. Festivities include tubing available until midnight, skiing available until 2 a.m. a live DJ at Skibowl west, a torchlight parade down the Lower Bowl and fireworks at the stroke of midnight. There will also be fun winter games, indoor play, food available all night as well as multiple beer gardens.

When: Dec. 31, 9 a.m. – Jan 1, 2 a.m.
Cost: Night lift tickets start at $35 peak pricing, lodgings available through several nearby resorts
Age: All Ages
Where: 87000 U.S. 26 Government Camp, Ore., 503-272-3206 x 1107

New Year’s Eve Sobriety Pow-Wow by NARA
Does another cultural perspective on New Year’s sounds appealing? Well then here’s a free, all ages pow-wow hosted by the Native American Recovery Association that features art and craft vendors, an Aztec dance performance, count-down, and incredible drumming and singing from the NARA All Nation Singers.

When: Dec. 31, 1 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Cost:  Free
Age: All Ages
Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. MLK Jr. Blvd., 503-621-1069 x 214

The Oregon Garden
If you’re looking for the fully immersive experience and an overnight is more your speed, consider the magic of the Oregon Garden’s New Year’s Eve Package. It includes admission to the outdoor ice skating rink as well as the facility’s annual Christmas in the Garden, which features photos with Santa, more than 500,000 Christmas lights in the forest, a traditional German Christmas Market, a new snowless tubing track as well as festive music and carolers.

When: Dec. 31 – Jan. 1, 3 p.m.-11 a.m.
Cost:  $235 and up for the family package
Age: All Ages
Where: The Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St., Silverton, 503-874-2500


photo: Courtesy of the Oregon Garden

WeVillage New Year’s Eve Party
So you want to celebrate with some grown-ups this year? No one is judging — in fact, WeVillage offers up a solution that might have your kids excited about ditching you every New Year’s Eve. All four locations will be offering kids their own party designed just for them, with music, dinner, snacks and games, and of course, a big ball drop countdown and cider toast while watching the revelers in Times Square.

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.
Happy Valley

WeVillage: NE Portland
1901 N.E. Broadway

Did we miss your family-friendly New Year’s Eve festivity? Tell us about it in the comments below!

—Ty Adams