Remember when New Year’s Eve meant dancing all night, drinking champagne and sleeping in the next morning? While those days my be a thing of the past, you can still ring in 2017 with several New Year’s celebrations that are prefect for the family celebrating together. Happy New Year!

new-childrens-museumphoto: New Children’s Museum

Pajama Jam – New Year’s Family Night Out
Your kiddos will love jumping around in their jammies inside the museum after dark. Kids will enjoy games, dance to music, make some art, and ring in the new year with a countdown balloon drop. Parents can enjoy the museum’s exhibits, while eating dinner, sipping drinks and lots more. There’s also fun entertainment and prizes.

Date: Dec. 30, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Price: $15 – $35/person

200 West Island Ave.
San Diego,Ca 92101

New Year’s Eve at Legoland
Everything is awesome when you’re surrounded by LEGO at this New Year’s celebration. Legoland recreates the iconic Times Square ball drop made out of – yep – LEGO! The ball falls 22 feet in the air at this fun celebration. Stick around for a fireworks display, special glasses for awe-inspiring views and party hats.

Date: Dec. 31, 6 p.m.
Price: Included with park admission

1 Legoland Dr.
Carlsbad, Ca 92008

Carlsbad Sheraton’s Family-Friendly Futuristic Party
It’s all about the future at this New Year’s Eve event for the entire family. Kids will don galactic gear and dance to deep space tunes. Prizes are awarded to kids and families with awesome costumes. There’s a delicious buffet, entertainment and the Kids Party Zone, which will keep your little animals partying all night long. The Zone includes a game room with Xbox, Wii and more. There’s also face painting, ping pong, foosball, billiards, and more fun any kid can imagine. There’s a balloon drop at 9 p.m., and midnight includes a champagne toast for the adults.

Date: Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m.
Price: Varies based on room reservaton type

5480 Grand Pacific Dr.
Carlsbad, Ca 92008


Photo: Jim Winstead via Flickr CC

John’s Incredible Pizza New Year’s Eve Party
Got kids who love video games and arcades? John’s Incredible Pizza has the New Year’s Eve Party for them. With two fun-filled packages that include a buffet, arcade, rides and video games, your kiddos will make the most of this special night. Purchase your family’s package before Dec. 24 for priority admission and a free $5 fun card good toward extra rides and games.

Date: Dec. 31, 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Price: $16-$26/person

3010 Plaza Bonita Rd
National City, CA 91950

New Year’s Eve Family Part at Living Coast Discovery Center
Kids won’t be the only party animals at this fun event. The family will have fun with nature animals at the Living Coast Discovery Center while celebrating 2017. The event includes a hot chocolate bar, cookies and treats. There’s also wildlife encounters, photo booth, arts and crafts, teen room with karaoke, and lots more. Families will celebrate when the ball drops at 9 p.m. in New York City. And champagne is provided for parents!

Date: Dec. 31, 7 – 9 p.m.
Price: $18/person (reserve soon — they sell out fast)

Living Coast Discovery Center
1000 Gunpowder Point Dr.
Chula Vista, Ca 91910


Rockin’ New Year’s Eve at Corvette Diner
Celebrate New Year’s Eve, 1950s style at Corvette Diner. The DJ will be spinning awesome tunes and your family can enjoy a burger, shake, balloon artists, and fun games. The party starts early to make time for the Big Apple ball drop at 9 p.m. when families will watch the drop on television and toast to 2017. We can’t wait to ring in 2017!

Date: Dec. 31
Cost: Price varies by meals and purchases

Corvette Diner
2965 Historic Decatur Dr.
San Diego, Ca

noon-yearsphoto: Pretend City

Pretend City Noon-Years Confetti Countdown
What’s great about this celebration at Pretend City? The ball drops during the day so you don’t have to stay awake until the wee hours with wee ones in tow. This fun day features sparkling streamers, festive party hats, noise makers, story time, art projects featuring clock making, and music and movement. There’s even a New Year’s Eve Countdown with confetti set to drop at different times throughout the day, depending on the time zone where it’s midnight.

Date: Dec. 31, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $12.50/person

Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, Ca 92618

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Let us know in the comments below.

— Leah R. Singer