Who’s ready for 2019? Break out the noisemakers and pop the sparkling cider because the New Year’s Eve parties are about to kick off—and the best of them welcome kids. Read on for a handful of New Year’s Eve bashes in the city and in the ‘burbs that will let your little ones ring in 2019 a few hours early, plus a few that will take them into the new year.
photo: Pretend City
Noon Year’s Eve Celebration
Get a head start on your New Year’s Eve celebration and ring in 2019 with the whole family at KiDiMu. In addition to the annual countdown to noon and balloon drop, enjoy lots of special activities and festivities. Dec. 31 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Bainbridge Island. Free with admission or membership. Event details.
New Year’s Eve Nighttime Pajama Party
If you really want to make this a New Years’s Eve to remember, get your tickets to the Imagine Children’s Museum’s New Year’s Eve party! This year’s theme is a pajama party, so put on your comfy jammies and boogie over to the museum for tons of family fun. The blowout celebration will include special entertainment and activities. Psst…remember to dress for the weather. Rain or shine, the lighted ball will drop outside the museum at 9 p.m. Dec. 31 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Everett. Included with admission. Event details.
New Year’s Eve at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma
Ring in the new year a little early at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. In addition to creating your very own musical shaker, join the Museum staff (every hour!) for a dance party with your new music maker. Dec. 31 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tacoma. Pay as you will. Event details.
photo: KidsQuest Children’s Museum
New Year’s Eve Celebration at KidsQuest Children’s Museum
Who needs fireworks when you can make some really cool popping sounds during a bubble wrap stomp—the highlight of this annual made-for-kids, daytime New Year’s Eve celebration. Other activities that will be happening every hour include a special New Year’s Eve story time, a hat making workshop, streamer drop and more. Dec. 31 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bellevue. Included with admission or membership. No registration required. Event details.
Noon Year’s Eve Party at Hands On Children’s Museum
Celebrate 2019 with a bang at the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia. This year’s New Year’s Eve party has a Costumed Characters From Your Favorite Stories theme which means you and your little partygoers will get to make Harry Potter wands, create Goodnight Moon bubble prints, explore engineering with The Three Little Pigs and experience chemistry demos with Dr. Seuss. Plus, everyone can get their faces painted, make silk screen prints and enjoy special food and fun before calling it a night at 5 o’clock. Sounds like an epic New Year’s Eve to us! Dec. 31 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Olympia. Included with regular admission; members Free. Event details.
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New Year’s Eve at the Needle
For those of you who are feeling brave this year, there’s nothing like heading down to the Seattle Center to watch the fireworks shoot off the top of the Space Needle when we turn the calendar from 2018 to 2019. The crowds are crazy and it’s freezing cold outside, but it will all be worth it when you see your kids’ eyes light up! Get down there early to enjoy a free rockin’ dance party with cover band Sway (starting at 8 p.m. in The Armory) and be sure to catch the Fountain of Light display at the International Fountain featuring a DJ dance party with plenty of music and visuals projected onto the fountain. Then, grab a good spot under the Needle and wait for the elevator to reach the top and the fireworks to begin. Psst! Don’t forget to bundle up! Dec. 31 from 8 p.m.-midnight. Seattle. Free. Event details.
—Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla