Who’s ready for 2017? Break out the noisemakers and pop the sparkling cider because the parties are about to kick off — and the best of them welcome kids. Read on for a handful of bashes in the city and in the ‘burbs that will let your little ones ring in 2017 a few hours early, plus a few that will take them into the new year.


photo: Cathy K. via Yelp

Ring in the New Year at Celebration Lane
If the Littles can’t stay up ‘til midnight or you just want to get it over early (like days early), head over to The Bellevue Collection’s Celebration Lane where you can celebrate the new year starting the day after Christmas. The nightly 7 p.m. performances will feature Americana-inspired songs, brilliant costumes, festive routines, dazzling lights, dancing characters and dramatic drumming with a New Year’s Eve twist. Psst! Be sure to catch the festive bubbles as they fall from the sky. Dec. 26–31 at 7 p.m. Bellevue. Free. Event details.   

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at KiDiMu
Get a head start on your New Year’s Eve celebration and ring in 2017 with the whole family at KiDiMu. In addition to the annual countdown to noon and balloon drop, enjoy tons 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 Around the World at Seattle Children’s Museum
Want to celebrate the new year with India, Russia, France and Morocco? Head to the Seattle Children’s Museum on New Year’s Eve and you can do just that. From 11 a.m.–5 p.m., families will be able to celebrate with different countries around the world, just as those countries are ringing in 2017 themselves. Each hourly celebration includes an apple juice toast, a craft from that country and cultural traditions. Dec. 31 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Seattle. Free with admission or membership. Event details.

photo: Seattle Children’s Museum

New Year’s Eve Pajama Party at Imagine Children’s Museum
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 boggie over to the museum for tons of family fun. The blowout celebration will include a high-energy, interactive musical and comedy show with Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth and balloon twisting with TatorTot, plus glow bowling, a scavenger hunt, crazy glasses, family games and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase if all these fun activities work up an appetite. And 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. $10 to $15. Purchase tickets in advance. Event details

New Year’s Eve at the Museum
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 entrance fee. Event details.

Noon Year’s Eve Party at Hands On Children’s Museum
Celebrate 2017 with a bang at the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia. Every hour watch the ball drop as you ring in the new year in your Hawaiian-themed attire. That’s right! This year’s shindig is a Blizzard Beach Bash which means you need to come in your best Hawaiian attire. In addition to making your own leis, meet warm and cold-blooded animals, set ice on fire, freeze tropical fruits and smash them with Dr. Science and enjoy plenty of family fun. Dec. 31 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Olympia. Included with regular admission (members Free). Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Event details.

hands on children's musuem noon year's eve

photo: Hands On Children’s Museum

A Kindie New Year with The Harmonica Pocket
Ring in 2017 kindie-style! Join The Harmonica Pocket for a special New Year’s Eve concert on Dec. 31. Formal attire is encouraged for the “Countdown to Noon,” and the party wouldn’t be complete without a ball drop and juice toast. Dec. 31 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Seattle. $5/person or $15/familyTickets requiredEvent details.

First Night in Downtown Tacoma’s Theater District
Families south of Seattle and in Tacoma have made First Night a New Year’s Eve tradition for over 20 years! It doesn’t begin until 6 p.m., but if you’re willing to keep the kiddos up a little bit late, or if you have older kids, everyone in your brood will enjoy strolling around this (alcohol-free) arts-centered New Year’s Eve festival. The main event kicks off with the world’s shortest parade that includes marching bands, costumes, masks and giant puppets. As the parade ends music, dance, laughter, fire and magic light up dozens of different stages and spaces until midnight. Note: The outdoor events are free to all festival-goers; $10-$14 gives you admission to the indoor stages and artists (kids 10 & under are Free) as well as free all-day activities including skate rentals at Tacoma’s downtown ice skating rink and entrance into many of Tacoma’s museums. Psst… you don’t want to miss the fire spectacular beginning at 11:30 p.m. Dec. 31 from 6:30 p.m.-midnight. Tacoma. Outdoor activities are Free; access to indoor performances are $10 to $14 (10 & under are Free). Event details.

happy new year decorations

photo: Kenna Konoske

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 2016 to 2017. 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 The Machine (starting at 8 p.m. in The Armory) and be sure to catch the Fountain of Light display at the International Fountain featuring DJ dance 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. FreeEvent details.

new year's eve space needle

photo: Wallslide via flickr

We’d love to hear how you’re spending New Year’s Eve with your kids? Share in the Comments below!

— Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla

feature photo courtesy of Hands On Children’s Museum