Don’t let the midnight hour make you shy away from celebrating New Year’s Eve with your little night owls! We’ve found 10 family-friendly parties that start early enough for young party animals to enjoy. Read on for where your crew can countdown the final seconds of 2017 everywhere from resorts, restaurants and museums to LEGOLAND, Living Coast Discovery Center and more!

Heroes vs. Villains Party at Sheraton Carlsbad

Are you a superhero or a villain? It's time for the whole fam to dress-up for this New Year's Eve bash. There'll be prizes for the best dressed. From a grown-up (and kiddie buffet) to a DJ and gamer room there's plenty to do at this fiesta. There will be two balloon drops at 9 p.m. and at midnight. Rent a room at the Resort and make this evening a total win. Get your tickets here.

Date: Dec. 31
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $110-$130/adult; $50-$65/child (ages 4-12); children under 4 free

5480 Grand Pacific Dr.
Carlsbad, Ca
760-827-2400
Online: sheratoncarlsbad.com

LEGOLAND

It's a fun-fueled ball drop (of LEGO® bricks) from a towering 22-feet to welcome the New Year (way earlier than at New York's Times Square). Little brick-lovers will even make it home in time for bed. Don festive party hats and special glasses to cheer in year 2018. Wrap up the evening with fireworks and a cruise around the park. Bonus: Don't miss the award-winning Peruvian-American bilingual kindie music phenomenon Twinkle who will be on hand to ring in the New Year with her band! She'll be performing two family shows at 1:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 31st as part of this epic Kids' New Year's Eve Party.

Date: Dec. 31
Time: 6 p.m.
Price: Park admission

1 Legoland Dr.
Carlsbad, Ca
760-918-5346
Online: california.legoland.com

 

photo: City of Temecula

The Grape Drop, Temecula

Party like it’s 1999 (or 2018!) Forget the Big Apple. Watch the Temecula grape drop at Town Square Park. The grapes drop from City Hall's clock tower at 9 p.m. and midnight. Plus, there’ll be ice skating, activities, music, face painting and crafts. It’s a regular hullabaloo.

Date: Dec. 31
Time: 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Cost: Free

41000 Main St.
Temecula, Ca
951-694-6444
Online: temeculaevents.org

photo: Living Coast Discovery Center

Living Coast Discovery Center

Oh, what a night! You can watch the ball drop at midnight (Eastern Time, of course) so your little fish get to sleep on time (or just a little late). There are fun festivities planned. From wildlife encounters and a hot chocolate bar to a craft room and karaoke, you'll leave tired but happy. Get your tickets here––-this event sells out fast.

Date: Dec. 31
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Price: $25/person; children under 2 free

Living Coast Discovery Center
1000 Gunpowder Point Dr.
Chula Vista, Ca
Online: thelivingcoast.org

photo: Pretend City

"Noon" Year's at Pretend City

Confetti, confetti. Everyone loves confetti.  Scream happy New Year as this ball drops four times during the day. (No late hours here.) Join the party with hats, noisemakers, confetti, story time and crafts.

Date: Dec. 31
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $12.50/person

Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, Ca
949-428-3900
Online: pretendcity.org

photo: The New Children's Museum

Pajama Jam at The New Children's Museum

Having a party (and whole lot of fun!). Your crew will love jumping in jammies at this kids' museum at nightfall. There will be games, dancing, music and crafts. Ring in the New Year with a cheer and bursting balloon drop. You'll enjoy the dinner, drinks and your crew's good time.

Date: Dec. 30
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: members, $25/adult, $15/child; non-members, $35/adult, $25/child

200 West Island Ave.
San Diego, Ca
619-233-8792
Online: thinkplaycreate.org/pajamajam

photo: Cohn Restaurant Group

Corvette Diner NYE Party

A toast to the New Year at the 1950's themed Corvette Diner. Burgers, shakes, a DJ (to twist and shout), a balloon artist and games. The party starts early to end with a bang at the Big Apple ball drop at 9 p.m. and the fam can welcome in the New Year together.

Date: Dec. 31

Corvette Diner
2965 Historic Decatur Dr.
San Diego, Ca
619-542-1476
Online: corvettediner/newyears

photo: John's Incredible Pizza

John's Incredible Pizza New Year's Party

In with a bang at this local pizza joint. It's a New Year party with a video game filled arcades and (of course) pizza. There's plenty to do before this party is over. Be sure to spot the IncrediBear. It's a great photo-op, he dances and gives out free tickets.

Date: Dec. 31
Check website for details

3010 Plaza Bonita Rd.
National City, Ca
619-472-5555
Online: johnspizza.com

photo: San Diego Zoo

Jungle Bells, San Diego Zoo

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018. Jingle it up New Year's Eve (early, of course) at the Zoo's Jungle Bells. From a lit up winter animal forest, reindeer games, and jazzy carols, it's a wonderful way to ring in the day. Wind it up with the acrobatic elves at Sydney's Grille, then spring into 2018.

Date: Dec. 31
Time: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Zoo Admission

2920 Zoo Dr.
San Diego, Ca
Online: zoo.sandiegozoo.org

New Year's Eve Ice Skating by the Sea

Glide into Year 2108 bundled up and ice skating by the sea. Make a day of it by eating dinner at the outdoor patio and gazing at the lights and holiday decorations that adorn the grand Hotel del Coronado. Skate to holiday music while feeling the ocean breeze. Afterwards, little revelers can sip on hot cocoa and you can order that cocktail.

Date: Dec. 31
Time: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: $30/person

1500 Orange Ave.
Coronado, Ca
Online: hoteldel.com/skating

Do know a New Year’s Eve family party place? Tell us about it below.

––Nikki Walsh