After that rain-soaked week we’re betting you all need to get out the house and go! There are plenty of New Year’s Eve festivities this weekend from a family-friendly musical revue at the Santa Monica Playhouse to a rockin’ New Year’s bash in Downtown Long Beach.
And for those who find themselves in the O.C. the Discovery Science Center is hosting the cutest celebration for tykes, Noon Year’s Eve. Kids get to put on their best outfits and walk the red carpet into a balloon-dropping bash complete with seltzer rockets and karaoke.
Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood)
American Indian Culture Day: Games
Join in on some American Indian games ranging from the Plains to California. Learn all about the history games played in traditional American Indian life, make your own games pieces, settle in for story time and even test your basket-making skills. Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Los Angeles, $9 Adults, $3 Children 3-12. Event Details.
Downtown (Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Downtown LA)
Angel’s Flight Railway
Celebrate the 109th Anniversary of the historic railway in Downtown Los Angeles with a single penny. Make a day out of it by having breakfast, lunch or dinner either topside or downside after taking the short ride up the steep slope. We recommend hitting the Grand Central Market for sights, shopping and food galore. Fri., 6:45 a.m. to 10 p.m., Downtown L.A., one penny, one way. Event Details.
Santa Monica (Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Malibu)
The Annual All-New One-Time-Only New Year’s Eve Musical Revue
The early-bird celebration is geared to families with an evening of favorite songs, dances and comedy bits pulled from 50 years of Santa Monica Playhouse’s history. Dine on a buffet supper while enjoying everything from swinging 40’s tunes to romantic ballads. Party favors, hats and special prizes round out the evening. Best of all, you’ll be home and have the kids to bed long before the New Year arrives. Fri., 6 p.m., Santa Monica, $39.50. Event Details.
Beach Cities (Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach)
New Year’s Eve Downtown Long Beach
The early-bird celebration is a great way to celebrate New Year’s with your little ones. Head to the Waterfront for live music, magicians, face-painting, balloon art, train rides, all capped off by a fireworks display. Fri., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Long Beach, Free. Event Details.
Valley (Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena)
Tournament of Roses Parade
Get there early and grab a curbside spot for viewing some of the most magical flower-adorned floats, horn-blazing bands, dancers, equestrians, celebrities and so much more. After the parade check out the floats up close at the Post-Parade Show of Floats. Parade- Sat., 8 a.m., Pasadena, Free. Show of Floats- Saturday (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Event Details.