Who’s ready for 2020? Break out the noisemakers and pop the sparkling cider because the New Year’s Eve parties are about to kick off—and the best of them welcome kids. Scroll down for a handful of New Year’s Eve bashes in the city and in the ‘burbs that will let your little ones ring in 2020 a few hours early, plus a few that will take them into the new year.
Noon Year's Eve Celebration
Get a head start on your New Year’s Eve celebration and ring in 2020 with the whole family at KiDiMu. In addition to the annual countdown to noon and balloon drop, enjoy lots of special activities and festivities.
Times: Dec. 31, 2019 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission or membership
301 Ravine Lane N.E
Bainbridge Island WA 98110
New Year's Eve Nighttime Pajama Party
If you really want to make this a New Years's Eve to remember, get your tickets to the Imagine Children's Museum's New Year's Eve party! This year's theme is a pajama party, so put on your comfy jammies and boogie over to the museum for tons of family fun. The blowout celebration will include special entertainment and activities. Psst! Remember to dress for the weather. Rain or shine, the lighted ball will drop outside the museum at 9 p.m.
Times: Dec. 31, 2019 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: Included with admission
Imagine Children's Museum
1502 Wall St.
Everett, WA 98201
New Year's Eve at Children's Museum of Tacoma
Ring in the new year a little early at the Children's Museum of Tacoma. The museum is hoping to extend its hours and activities (as normally they're only open from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays) for the holiday. Stay tuned for details!
Cost: Pay as you will
Children's Museum of Tacoma
1501 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402
New Year's at KidsQuest
Who needs fireworks when you can make some really cool popping sounds during a bubble wrap stomp—the highlight of this annual made-for-kids, daytime New Year’s Eve celebration. Other activities that will be happening every hour include a special New Year’s Eve story time, a hat making workshop, streamer drop, face painting and more!
Times: Dec. 31, 2019 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Cost: Included with admission or membership (no registration required)
KidsQuest Children's Museum
1116 108th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98004
Noon Year’s Eve 2019
Celebrate 2020 with a bang at the Hands On Children's Museum in Olympia. This year's New Year's Eve party has a Storyland Celebration theme which means you and your little party animals can meet lovable costumed characters from your favorite stories. Party like you're in Time Square with a family countdown, ball drop, dance party and parade every hour. Plus, get your hands into Oobleck with Dr. Seuss, take a 3 Little Pigs engineering challenge, make a catapult to storm the castle and save Rapunzel, harness your magical powers with a Harry Potter inspired wand and build a boat, make a monster and put on your crown and join Where the Wild Things Are. Sounds like an epic New Year's Eve to us!
Times: Dec. 31, 2019 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Included with regular admission; members Free.
Imagine Children's Museum
414 Jefferson St. N.E.
Olympia, WA 98501
First Night 2020
Families south of Seattle and in Tacoma have made First Night their New Year’s Eve tradition for over 20 years! After a brief break last year, First Night 2020 is back with a new theme. The Tree of Life theme will represent new beginnings, nature, harmony and the connections of a community. Bundle up the kiddies and plan to head to downtown Tacoma on New Years’ Eve to celebrate what these virtues represent in the South Sound. As in year's past, there will be the traditional "world’s shortest parade” along with artistic performances across several stages, interactive family activities, a special "Kid’s Countdown” at 9 p.m. and a night market featuring local holiday goods. Psst! Fire pits and a food court will keep everyone warm and well fed until the countdown to midnight.
Good to know: First Night is an alcohol-free, family friendly New Year’s Eve event. $1 of each admission button purchased will go to the Metro Parks Tacoma Foundation for the Arbor Fund which helps to plant new trees in public parks.
Times: December 31, 2019 from 5 p.m.-midnight
Cost: Advance tickets (Dec. 1-30): $14/Adults; Day of tickets: $18/Adults; 11 & under Free.
Tacoma, WA 98402
New Year’s Eve at the Needle
For those of you who are feeling brave this year, there’s nothing like heading down to the Seattle Center to watch the fireworks shoot off the top of the Space Needle when we turn the calendar from 2019 to 2020. The crowds are crazy and it’s freezing cold outside, but it will all be worth it when you see your kids’ eyes light up! Get down there early to enjoy a free rockin’ dance party with Left Turn on Blue, an 11-piece band including a four-piece horn section and two powerhouse vocalists (starting at 8 p.m. in The Armory). At 10 p.m., head outside to catch the Fountain of Light Dance Party at the International Fountain. This awesome New Year's Eve spectacular will feature a DJ dance party with plenty of music and visuals projected onto the fountain. Then, grab a good spot under the Needle and wait for the elevator to reach the top and the fireworks to begin. Psst! Don’t forget to bundle up!
Times: Dec. 31, 2019 from 8 p.m.-midnight
Seattle Center Armory/International Fountain/Space Needle
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
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—Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla