Celebrate New Year’s Eve all day long! Play games and see  “The Love Bug” at the Disney Noon Year’s Eve in San Francisco. Watch the big balloon drop at New Year’s Around the World in Berkeley. Make a party hat to wear while the ball drops at the Noon Year’s Eve Party in Sausalito.

San Francisco

Academy Sleepover
Be a part of this wild slumber party! See live animal demonstrations, and visit the Rain Forests of the World exhibit late at night! Enjoy a late night snack and continental breakfast, and then visit the Academy for the day. Camp out inside in your sleeping bag, and sleep among the exhibits and animals. Fri. – Sat., 6:30 pm – 8:00 am. San Francisco. $99 per member. $79 per non-member.  Ages 5-17. Event details.

Disney Noon Year’s Eve
Instead of staying up all night,  you can celebrate at noon! Enjoy indoor and outdoor activities including a beach ball bounce, frisbee toss contest, crafts and other games. There will be a special showing of “The Love Bug” in the theater, and you can visit Herbie and friends in front of the museum. Sun., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. San Francisco. $5-$20 per person. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

East Bay

New Year’s Around the World
Count down to 2012 around the world on their Science on a Sphere, which shows what the Earth looks like from space, and displays images on a six-foot-diameter globe. Create your own noisemaker to ring the new year in with a bang, and be there for the big balloon drop at 2:00 pm. Toast the new year with apple cider! Sat., 12:00 pm –  2:00 pm. Berkeley. See website for pricing. All ages. Event details.

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
Ring in 2012 with your friends and family three hours early! Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and dessert. Play organized games, enter a contest and join in activities in each of their themed rooms. There will also be a balloon and confetti filled celebration as you watch the ball drop live from Times Square in New York. Sun., 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Pleasanton.  $25 per person. All ages. Event details.


New Year’s Eve Farmers’ Market
Enjoy brunch and a full array of children’s entertainment this New Year’s Eve. Shop for local organic produce, meats and sweets for your last dinner of 2011. End the year right with music, art, ponies and puppets! Sat., 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Larkspur. Free. All ages. Event details.

Noon Year’s Eve Party
Join in this annual Noon Year’s Eve Party! Count down to 12 Noon as you watch the ball drop in Festival Plaza. Dance along with the DJ and create your own party hat to celebrate the “Noon Year!” You can buy tickets and optional twelve dollar goody bags in advance.  Sat., 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Sausalito. $11 per non-member. Free for members. All ages. Event details.


Ice Skating
Skate on this outdoor ice rink established in 1956. Enjoy skating under the sun during the day, and under the stars at night. Then warm up by one of the indoor or outdoor fireplaces. The rink closes at 5:00 pm on Dec 31, and will be closed all day on Jan 1. Fri. – Sat.  See website for times. Palo Alto. $8/Person admission. $4/Skate rental. All ages. Event details.

Countdown to Noon
Join in this countdown to 12 o’clock in the afternoon at a toy shop! Celebrate the arrival of 2012 “kid style,” with fun crafts and a balloon drop at the stroke of Noon!  Sat., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Menlo Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman