New Year’s Eve falls on a Wednesday this year, and there’s no better excuse to party in the middle of the week than kicking off a new year. Bring the whole crew to one of these perfect family places in Portland and start the new year by making memories together. Don’t forget the camera!

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photo: Oaks Park


New Years Eve Skate at Oaks Park
Oaks Park is bringing back their annual NYE Skate for a night of roller skating and festive activities. Expect to see the prize wheel, party favors at midnight, skate games and plenty of fun music.

Dec. 31
7 p.m.- 1 a.m.
$20/skater (conventional skates included)
7805 SE Oaks Park Way


 photo: sean d. via Yelp


New Years Eve Bash at Out of this World Pizza
This NYE bash is a favorite among those who want to play their way into the new year. With unlimited pizza, salad, a soda buffet, and dessert, your active ones will be fueled for the night with additional activities including bingo, door prizes and DJ-hosted stellar play. There are designated areas for toddlers and kids under 5, and the lights are tamer there to keep everyone comfortable in their own space. Buy tickets in advance (available now) Add a $20 game card for $10 bucks if you buy in advance!

Dec. 31
9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
$12/person (ages 2 and up) in advance; $15/person at the door
6255 NW Century Blvd.

Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood Skibowl New Year’s Eve Extravaganza 
Now in its 27th year, this fantastic New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at Mt. Hood Skibowl includes DJ Zimmie spinning tunes, a torch light parade, cosmic tubing, sumo wrestling competitions, and not one, but two fireworks displays!

Dec. 31
All day until 2 a.m.
Hwy 26 at Government Camp
503-272-3206 x1107


 photo: Camille M. via Yelp

Washington Park

New Year’s at Noon: Portland Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum is offering a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the new year without staying up until midnight. Greasy Kid Stuff will bust out the tunes as they host a dance party with noisemaker crafts and all of your favorite museum activities. Countdowns with Greasy Kid Stuff happen every half hour from 11 a.m–1 p.m., so you can’t miss it.

Dec. 31
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
4015 SW Canyon Rd.

Mississippi District

Mr. Ben at Mississippi Pizza
Mr. Ben entertains your kids while you relax, have a beer and leave the dishes to someone else. Or… think of this as the family’s early celebration before the sitter shows up and you take off for party number two.

Dec. 31
5-6 p.m.
3552 N. Mississippi Ave


photo: Sunset Lanes


New Year’s Eve Cosmic Rent-a-Lane
Sunset Lanes, a Portland family favorite in bowling alleys, is back with their annual NYE Cosmic Bowling. Make your reservation for one of three sessions, all of which include cosmic bowling, party favors, and a “midnight” countdown (yes, even in the earlier sessions).

$94.95 per lane will reserve your two-hour cosmic session for all ages and includes shoe rental. Add a large pizza and pitcher of soda for $19.95. Make your reservation now, as space is limited for this popular event.

Dec. 31
Sessions: 6–8 p.m., 8:30–10:30 p.m. or 11 p.m.-1 a.m.
12770 SW Walker Rd

The Pearl District

WeVillage: New Year’s Eve in the Pearl
WeVillage knows what parents want when it comes to playcare, and they’re offering parents a night out on New Year’s Eve this year. Children will celebrate with an apple cider toast as they watch the ball drop (in New York City time) while being treated to party favors and a night out in a safe and fun environment. (Parents, you’re off the hook until 1 a.m. Portland time!) Early registration is suggested and regular hourly rates apply plus $8 for dinner.

Dec. 31
6 p.m.-1 a.m.
1024 NW Glisan St.

Does your family have a favorite Portland spot to ring in the new year? Share it with us in the Comments below!

— Marianne Walters