It’s the last weekend of 2011 and time to celebrate with a healthy dose of family fun! On our party poppin’ radar: a rockin’ New Year’s Eve party, a super-cool global celebration, a big show under the Needle, a party with lots of arts and crafts, a bubble wrap extravaganza, and an icy plunge into Lake Sammamish. If that’s not enough for this final part of the holiday season, grab the stroller and participate in the Resolution Run. This 5K run/walk (with an optional Polar Bear Dive into Lake Washington!) will feature a free kids dash for kiddos 10 and under, a beer garden for Mom and Dad, and a huge chili feed for everyone. Happy New Year from all us at Red Tricycle!

Seattle

Caspar Babypants NYE Concert
There’s no need to stay up ‘til midnight when you can rock in the New Year with Caspar Babypants! Enjoy lotsa singing, dancing, and family fun at the Mount Baker Community Center! Sat., 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. Seattle. $4 to $10. Advance tickets recommended. All ages. Event details.

New Years Count Down at The Children’s Museum
Count down to 2012 EVERY hour at this special daytime party. Celebrate the New Year as it arrives around the globe with a fruit punch toast and special craft activity from the celebrating country. Plus, learn about different New Year’s traditions and celebrations. Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Seattle. $6 to $7.50. All ages. Event details.

New Year’s Eve at the Needle
Bundle up the kiddos and head to the Space Needle for a memorable New Year’s Eve celebration! Enjoy lots of family-friendly entertainment inside the Center House and ring in the New Year (under the Space Needle) with thousands of firework effects put to music. Sun., 8:15 pm (fireworks start at midnight). Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Daytime Party
Celebrate New Year’s Eve (around the world!) with lots of music and dance at Imagine Children’s Museum. Plus, make some fab New Year’s Eve accessories including 2012 glasses, crazy hats, party poppers, noise makers, and much more. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Everett. $7.95. All ages. Event details.

New Years at Noon (pictured)
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! Sat., 12:00 pm. Bellevue. $7 to $8 (under 1 free). Ages 0-12. Event details.

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics
Put on your swim suit and your best 2012 garb (for the costume contest!) and take a plunge into Lake Sammamish for a good cause. This annual event is a great way to kick off the New Year and and help support Special Olympics Washington. Sun., 12:00 pm. Redmond. $50 (suggested fundraising amount). Seattle. All ages. Event details.

–Kristina Moy