New Year’s Eve parties don’t have to be a thing of the past now that you have kids! We’re showing you where to celebrate the new decade with your little party animals all over the city at 10 family-friendly New Year’s Eve parties. From ringing in 2020 with fireworks at LEGOLAND to counting down the seconds at resort galas, museums or restaurants, read on for some seriously epic New Year’s Eve parties for kids.

photo: The New Children's Museum

Pajama Jam at The New Children's Museum

Get cozy in your jammies at The New Children’s Museum’s annual New Year’s Family Night Out event! The evening includes a catered dinner, art activities for the entire family, a dance jam, photo booth and their popular countdown balloon drop. It’s a pajama party the entire family will enjoy!

Date: Dec. 28
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $25-$35; kids under 2 are free

200 West Island Ave.
San Diego, CA
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LEGOLAND California Resort

The countdown to 2020 starts early at the grand finale of Holidays at LEGOLAND California Resort during the Park’s annual Kids’ New Year’s Eve party! There will be live music and spectacular fireworks (that kids can watch with special viewing glasses). LEGOLAND California re-creates the Times Square ball drop with a giant LEGO brick falling 22 feet in the air at 6 p.m. All activities are included with regular Park admission.

Date: Dec. 31
Time: 6 p.m.
Price: Park admission

1 Legoland Dr.
Carlsbad, CA
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New Year's Eve Gala at Hotel del Coronado

Adults can ring in the New Year at the chic black and white Bal Masque. You’ll be mesmerized as the oceanfront Ballroom transforms into a seductive gala dripping with mystery and decadence. The night features a delectable five-course feast, open bar with Veuve Clicquot and dancing to the sounds of The Mighty Untouchables. All attendees must be 21+, this event ends at 1 am.

The Kids and teens have a party of their own: the Wonderland Masquerade from 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The party is tailored to each age group and includes dinner, cookies and cupcake decorating (for younger kids), ice skating (ages 8+), special shows, games, s’mores roast on the beach (for teens) and a midnight toast with sparkling cider. Teens ages 13-17 can also hang out in their own teen lounge and watch movies as they mingle.

Date: Dec. 31
Time: 7 p.m.- 1 a.m.
Cost: Adults $375-$425; Kids & Teens/$125 and $100 for additional siblings

Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave.
Coronado, CA 92118
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photo: The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa

The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa’s Mad Hatter-themed New Year’s Eve Ball

Toast to 2020 at this colorful and entertaining Mad Hatter-themed New Year’s Eve Ball on December 31. The family-friendly celebration will feature a delicious buffet for the adults, (as well as a kid-friendly buffet for kids ages 12 and younger), a DJ and dancing, a costume contest, games, a kids club and 21+ area, and a midnight toast.

Kids will be kept busy until midnight with activities including face painting, a coloring room, crafts, pool tables and board games, an arcade room, a “Kid’s Club” room with a dance floor and midnight balloon drop, and a movie/quiet room if it becomes too difficult to stay awake. Adults 21 and up are invited to hang out in “The Rabbit Hole,” a speakeasy-style room for adults only.

Guests are encouraged to dress in Alice and Wonderland attire and prizes will be awarded for Best Dressed Couple and Best Dressed Family. Ring in the New Year with a complimentary sparkling wine toast for guests 21 and up and a non-alcoholic toast and for those under 21.

Get your tickets here, and note that tickets will not be available for purchase at the door or front desk.

Date: Dec. 31
Time: 6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Cost: $125/adult; $60/child (ages 13-17); $50/child (ages 4-12); kids 3 and under/free

5480 Grand Pacific Dr.
Carlsbad, CA
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photo: City of Temecula

The Grape Drop, Temecula

Forget the Big Apple. Watch the Temecula grape drop at Town Square Park twice: once with the East Coast at 9 p.m. and once with the West Coast at midnight. Plus, there’ll be activities for kids, food vendors, and live music. The Free Fun Zone will be open from 6-10 p.m.

Date: Dec. 31
Time: 6 p.m.- 12:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

41000 Main St.
Temecula, CA
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Noon Year's Eve at Green Flash Brewing Co.

For those who want an alternative to staying up until midnight with their kids, head to Green Flash Brewery for a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration at noon! There will be games, crafts, a dessert bar, face-painting, giveaways and a celebratory countdown at noon, complete with a balloon drop and dance party! Guests also receive 25% off Green Flash Beer, so sit back enjoy a beer, while your kids have the time of their lives.

Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Green Flash Brewing Co.
6550 Mira Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92121
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photo: Living Coast Discovery Center

Living Coast Discovery Center

Join the Living Coast Family to ring in 2020! This is sure to be a New Year’s party your family will never forget! Gather your family and friends and dress in your most dapper outfit for this “Soaring 20’s” New Year’s Eve party. Filled with interactive games, trivia, crafts, snacks, hot chocolate, and animal encounters. Turn up the volume with a DJ and dance floor, karaoke, and the Center's very own ball drop! There will be a selection of adult beverage options too.

Date: Dec. 31
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Price: $40/person; children under 2 free

Living Coast Discovery Center
1000 Gunpowder Point Dr.
Chula Vista, CA
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photo: Cohn Restaurant Group

Corvette Diner NYE Party

Toast the New Year at the 1950's themed Corvette Diner. Burgers, shakes, a DJ (to twist and shout), arcade games, a balloon artist and games make this party a hit. The party starts early to end with a bang at the Big Apple ball drop at 9 p.m. and the fam can welcome in the New Year together.

Date: Dec. 31

Corvette Diner
2965 Historic Decatur Dr.
San Diego, CA
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photo: San Diego Zoo

Jungle Bells, San Diego Zoo

Goodbye 2019, hello 2020. Jingle it up New Year's Eve (early, of course) at the Zoo's Jungle Bells. The Zoo is transformed into a wild wonderland with twinkling lights, animal-shaped light sculptures, special animal experiences and holiday-themed entertainment, including music, high-flying acrobats, the zany Dr. Zoolittle and the Zoo’s costumed characters. Something new has been added this year: Aurora—a multi-sensory winter spectacular with lights, projections, music and more—will transport guests to a world they’ve never seen before, filled with wonder, wildlife, and winter charm.

It's a wonderful way to bid adieu to the decade and ring in the New Year early. 

Date: Dec. 31
Time: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Zoo Admission

2920 Zoo Dr.
San Diego, CA
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New Year’s Eve Soiree on the Bay

Bid adieu to the year with stunning bay views, culinary delights, live music by the Redwoods Revue along with a midnight countdown, balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. Loews Coronado Bay Resort's family-friendly New Year's Eve bash also includes access to a  Kid Zone with video games, movies, activities, a bounce house and a special balloon drop for kids at 9 p.m. Fun for all!

Date: Dec. 31
Time: 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Cost: $35-$50

Purchase tickets here.


––Nikki Walsh & Beth Shea


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