finnscooter_15-4-3-2-1! Happy New Year! Check out these cool New Year’s Eve happenings from around the Bay. When you’re done with NYE, Studio Grow’s animal show gets things off to a great four-footed start in 2010, and Habitot’s Confetti Art Day shows kids what to do with all the leftover bits of paper from the festivities. Or, just bask in the holiday afterglow and R-E-L-A-X. Have a healthy and happy 2010, from all of us at Red Tricycle.

San Francisco:

For kiddos who like to stay up late (or be woken up in time for the big boomers) the NYE firework show is always a hit, but the crowds are a definite miss. Avoid the crowds by taking in the ‘works from some alternative locations, such as Tank Hill, just above Cole Valley, or Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill. Ina Coolbrith Park (at Vallejo and Taylor) makes for some good viewing, and there’s always Treasure Island with fewer crowds. (Note: fireworks go particularly well with ice cream, FYI.) Fri., 12:00 a.m., Embarcadero, San Francisco, free

Ring My Bell
Join the Asian Art Museum  in ringing in 2010 with its 24th annual Japanese New Year Bell Ringing Ceremony. Get in line early to get a bell-ringing ticket. Look out for fun art activities on hand to educate about the bell-ringing tradition. Thurs., 10:00 a.m., Civic Center, San Francisco, free with admission, Read more.

East Bay

NYE Ball(oon) Drop
Chabot Space and Science Center gets the new year popping with their 10th annual NYE balloon drop. Staged at three different times, no one has to worrying about missing out. Thurs., 10:45 a.m. (for kids 6 and under), 12:45 p.m., and 3:45 p.m., Oakland, $4 + admission. Read more.

Dance ‘til the Break of… Evening
Sadiedey’s is breaking it down for NYE with live music, games, hors d’oeuvres, and a special midnight countdown at 6:00 p.m. Ain’t no party like a Sadiedey’s party! Thurs., 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Sadiedey’s Café, Oakland, suggested donation $10. Read more.

Marin/North Bay

Noon Year’s Eve
When you’re a little person (and someone who wakes up with that little person), New Year’s Eve can feel pretty far away (Midnight? *yawn*) Well, the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s got you covered with their rocking Noon Year’s Eve. Come by and make some noise(makers) and still get to bed at a sensible hour. (Whew!) Thurs., 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., BADM, Sausalito, free with admission. Read more.

Funky Monkey Meet Funky Chicken
Rock in the new year at the Funky Monkey in Santa Rosa where your kids will have a multitude of reasons to cluck, flap, and dance their feathers off. Between the games, rides, and ball drop, they might feel like “bawking” at the moon. Thurs., 7;00 – 10:00 p.m. (ball drop at 9:00 p.m.), Santa Rosa, free admission. Read more.

South Bay/Peninsula

Meatballs for NYE
Bluelight Cinemas offers two showings of its family NYE treat, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” Catch it at 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. Each showing features a NYE toast so you can ring in the new year no matter when your bedtime. Thurs., 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Bluelight Cinema, Cupertino, $10 ticket includes one movie ticket, a kiddie pack, and glass of sparkling cider. Read more.

It’s Noon or Never
Get your noon on with Noon Year’s Eve at San Jose’s Children’s Discovery Museum. Decorate party hats and countdown to the noon “new year” in other time zones. There’s a balloon drop every hour between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Thurs., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., San Jose, free with admission. Read more.

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–Nicole Cooksey-Voytenko