All the presents have been opened and Santa is on his way home, but don’t let the post holiday blues kick in quite yet. There’s a bunch of fun activities and events lined up for your family this New Year’s Eve weekend. Catch a flick, watch fireworks, or hit the slopes. We’ve got the best lined up for you below. Read on to find out more.
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Shy but plucky runt piglet Babe doesn’t quite seem to know his place in the world. When he’s won by farmer Hoggett at the county fair, he is adopted by a barnyard border collie and discovers he can be anything he wants to be—even an award-winning sheepdog! Surrounded by a colorful cast of farm friends, Babe fights to avoid the destiny of most pigs through sheer invention. Winner of an Academy Award for Special Effects and Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical, Babe’s heroic adventure delights viewers of all ages with gorgeous settings and whimsical performances—an inventive film for the whole family. Sat. Event Details.
Enjoy The Adventures of Prince Achmed
The oldest existing animated feature, Prince Achmed was made by 23-year-old teacher Lotte Reiniger using the stop-motion and silhouette animation techniques she perfected. Taken from The Arabian Nights, the film tells the story of a wicked sorcerer who tricks Prince Achmed into mounting a magical flying horse and sends the rider off on a flight to his death. But the prince foils the magician’s plan, and soars headlong into a series of wondrous adventures—joining forces with Aladdin and the Witch of the Fiery Mountains, doing battle with the sorcerer’s army of monsters and demons, and falling in love with the beautiful Princess Peri Banu. Sat. Event Details.
Attend Portland Children’s Museum New Year’s at Noon
Get those noisemakers and resolutions ready, because it’s that time again for New Year’s at Noon. Join us for multiple New Year’s countdowns, MAD SCIENCE dry ice experiments, art and craft activities and a dance party. Sun. Event Details.
See the Zoo Lights
The lights are still going strong! Bundle up and come enjoy an evening of twinkling lights, warm drinks, elephant ears (“elf ears”), and a magical train ride at the zoo. Don’t forget your glow necklaces and light-up thingamagigs! The lights stay on all the way to 9 p.m., late enough to celebrate and still get home for bed (and maybe a night out for grown-ups?). Sun. Event Details.
Join Family Fun Night
Join the City of Portland, Rip City Management, and the Portland Winterhawks for two free evenings of open ice skating and family entertainment at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum! Both nights are free with RSVP. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.
Head to the Winter Village
Be one of the first to step on the ice in 2017 as Hillsboro brings back Winter Village at Jerry Willey Plaza at Orenco Station, featuring the only open-air ice skating experience in the area. The magic of the holidays will come alive with carolers, shopping, dining, kids’ activities and the gathering of family and friends. This outdoor ice skating rink transforms the Plaza, making it a seasonal family centerpiece in Hillsboro and the region. Please check website for special free and reduced admission days and times. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.
Hit the Kids Laser Tag New Year’s Eve Party
Don’t miss this New Year’s celebration. It’s the 1st annual kids New Year’s Eve Party. Your littles will enjoy laser tag, specialty game modes, pizza and drinks and party games. Sun. Event Details.
Check Out Beers + Babies: A New Parent Support Group
Join members of your community as they gather for a casual afternoon of beer-drinking and baby-admiring. Share your joys, your struggles, and a pint with people who also care for young ones. It’s free and are welcome. Sun. Event Details.
AC Gilbert Discovery Museum
The discovery museum is a super fun place any time of the year– it’s an old Victorian house with a fun new theme in every room like Fortopia, the Blue Block room, or the Engineering Studio. Ring in the new year early by celebrating at noon with them! They’ll have fun hands-on activities, crafts, a photo booth, and face painting. And be sure to watch at noon sharp for the Big Balloon Drop! Sun. Event Details.
Ring in the new year with the biggest, snowiest party around! Mt. Hood Skibowl is celebrating its 30th year of legendary festivities. Starting at 10 a.m. you’ll find tubing and skiing fun on the slopes, with hot drinks and burgers slinging all day. When the sun goes down, the party really starts. You’ll party the night away with Cosmic Tubing, a live DJ show, multiple beer gardens, Frosty’s Playland with winter games, and a midnight torchlight parade. The whole family will have a great time, culminating in a huge fireworks display. 2018 here we come! Sun. Event Details.
What’s your favorite way to spend New Year’s Eve with your family? Share with us in the comments below.