photo: The New Children’s Museum

It’s the last weekend of 2017 and it’s full of family-friendly New Year’s Eve parties where you can ring in 2018 with your kiddos before midnight strikes. Read on to see where to bid adieu to the year gone by and start anew!


Farm Animal Fridays
Come learn about Alpacas & Llamas! You’ll learn about their 2 important jobs, making wool for clothes and being a protector for smaller animals. Farm Animal Fridays is an educational program that takes place on the last Friday of every month. Each program includes an opportunity to meet farm animals, hear a special storytime, and participate in a themed craft or activity. Each Farm Animal Friday features a different theme and animal. Fri. Event details.

Balboa Park

Mac’s Kids Corner
Get ready for the New Year by making your own train party hat followed by the story “Diesel 10 Means Trouble.” Is your child fascinated by trains and moving toys? Then this is the play group and story time for you. Come and meet parents and make new friends while in a learning environment. There are lots of indoor and outdoor fun activities for the kids including stories about trains, crafts, puppets, paints and more. Fri. Event details.


Pajama Jam Party at The New Children’s Museum
Come celebrate the New Year with The New Children’s Museum during their Pajama Jam event! Comfy and cozy is the theme for this family-friendly jammies party. The annual pajama fest includes New Year’s-themed art activities, games, a dance jam, photo booth, catered dinner and the popular countdown balloon drop. Plus, they’ll have drinks for Mom and Dad to celebrate with as well (one ticket provided with each adult ticket). This Pajama Jam provides an opportunity for families to experience the Museum at night – with catered dinner, drinks, music and special activities/programs. Not only do families enjoy a fun night out together, but the Museum raises much-needed funds to keep their programs going! Note: members of The New Children’s Museum receive a discount on tickets. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

New Year’s Eve Family Party at The Living Coast
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Living Coast with animal encounters, games, food and fun! Join in the fun of the East Coast ball drop at 9 p.m. PST. The event includes: 2 drink tickets for people ages 21+, wildlife encounters, hot chocolate bar, cookies and treats, photo booth, kids room w/crafts, teen room w/ band karaoke, party room w/ games, trivia, and live coverage of Times Square New Year’s Celebration. Note: Purchase tickets here because this event sells out! Sun. Event details.


Annual Noon Years Confetti Countdown
5..4..3..2..1..HAPPY NOON YEAR! This is Pretend City’s New Year’s Celebration in the middle of the day. Celebrate the new year at different times throughout the day as the sun travels across the different time zones: there will be a confetti countdown 4 different times to celebrate the new year in Bangladesh, Dubai, Athens, and London, as it turns to midnight in these different cities, plus New Year’s activities and art for little ones to enjoy. Sun. Event details.

Liberty Station

Rockin’ New Year’s Eve at Corvette Diner
Celebrate New Year’s Eve, 1950s style at Corvette Diner. The DJ will be spinning awesome tunes and your family can enjoy a burger, shake, balloon artists and fun games. The party starts early to make time for the Big Apple ball drop at 9 p.m. when families will watch the drop on television and toast to 2018! Sun. Event details.


New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND
It’s a fun-fueled ball drop (of LEGO® bricks) from a towering 22-feet to welcome the New Year (way earlier than at New York’s Times Square). Little brick-lovers will even make it home in time for bed. Don festive party hats and special glasses to cheer in year 2018. Wrap up the evening with fireworks and a cruise around the park. Bonus: Don’t miss the award-winning Peruvian-American bilingual kindie music phenomenon Twinkle who will be on hand to ring in the New Year with her band! She’ll be performing two family shows at 1:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 31st as part of this epic Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party. Sun. Event details.

Heroes vs. Villains New Year’s Eve Party
Are you a superhero or a villain? It’s time for the whole fam to dress-up for this New Year’s Eve bash. There’ll be prizes for the best dressed. From a grown-up (and kiddie buffet) to a DJ and gamer room there’s plenty to do at this fiesta. There will be two balloon drops at 9 p.m. and at midnight. Get your tickets here. Sun. Event details.

Where are you counting down to 2018 this weekend? Share in the comments!

––Beth Shea