It’s time to start the countdown to lucky 2013 – and get in any last minute things you wanted to accomplish in 2012!  See a show, take a moonlight hike, play in the snow (in the sun!), cook together, watch some darn funny cartoons, learn to be a fairy, peek behind the scenes at the Rose Parade or even countdown to the countdown – there’s no excuse to sit at home on this last weekend of the old year. Go out in style and have some serious fun, with our trusty tips.

Los Angeles

New Year’s Eve, Eve
10 – 9 – 8… let the countdown begin! On the eve of the eve, it’s time to get the party started! Kids can create sparkly party accessories and countdown to a very special balloon drop at 4:00 pm. Sun., 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Miracle Mile. $5-$8. Ages 1-8. Event details.

Hansel and Gretel
This interactive, happy show (not scary!!!) has Hansel and Gretel following bread crumbs through the theater, where they meet a funny witch, a wacky bird, have all kinds of adventures and along the way learn that no matter what trouble you are in, it’s never a good idea to run away. Sat., 1:00 pm. Hollywood. $10-$12. Ages 3-9. Event details.


Full Moon Holiday Hike
There’s a full moon for the holiday weekend, and you can enjoy the mountains, meadow, and an ocean overlook as the moon lights the way… Fri., 6:00 pm. Malibu. Free. All ages. Event details.


Snowdays at Kidspace
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow… Kiddos can pull out those rarely-worn hats, gloves and scarves to play in real snow, make snow angels and snowmen, learn how snow is formed in nature, and enjoy traditional winter crafts. Fri., 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. Pasadena. $10. Ages 1-10. Event details.

Equestfest, Bandfest & Float Decorating, Oh My!
Go behind the scenes at the Rose Parade: meet the equestrians you’ll see in the parade and view awe-inspiring drills and dances, trick riding and roping performed by gorgeous horses and poised riders. Or if you’re more of a music lover, you can see the bands. And everyone loves to watch as the floats get their finishing touches. Sat. & Sun., Various times, locations & prices. All ages. Equestfest details. Bandfest details. Float decorating details.

The Greatest Cartoons Ever!
This is a great alternative to the usual family holiday movies (which you’ve seen already!) by showcasing some of the very best theatrical cartoons from the movies’ Golden Ages: Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Popeye, Betty Boop, Donald, even the original Superman. Sat., 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm. Glendale. $15. Ages 5+. Event details.


Mommy & Me Cooking Class
Time to get ready for a New Year’s toast – why not let the kiddos help out in the kitchen, by learning how to make some dips and appetizers? Sun., 2:00 pm. Encino. $45. Ages 2-5. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Fairy School
Time to go back to school – Fairy School, that is! With crafts, fairy face painting, dress-up, fairy lessons, fairy storytelling, fairy games and fairy snacks, your little one will definitely have earned her fairy certificate at the end of the day! Fri., 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm. Long Beach. $25. Ages 3-8. Event details.

How are you spending this last weekend of the New Year? And what are your resolutions for 2013? Let us know if there are any things you want to do in the New Year, and we’ll help you find them!

— Meghan Rose