10, 9, 8, 7… you know the drill! Living in a big metropolitan city means having a lot of options for New Year’s plans. If you’re thinking of toning down the celebratory champagne toast for a more kid-friendly outing, the following are a the best family-friendly events happening in Los Angeles. Create yearly traditions, eat, be merry and have a happy 2014!
200 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
For the first time, Losangelinos have a central place to gather and celebrate NYE! Grand Park’s “N.Y.E. LA” is a family-friendly jamboree that takes place from 6:00pm – 12:30am and stretches over 12 acres of Grand Park from atop The Music Center Plaza down to Spring Street. DJS, dancers, performers will entertain you and eat from one of the many food trucks that will be on site. Greet the new year early with a live feed from Times square at 9:00pm PST. All Metro bus and rail lines will provide free service on New Year’s Eve from 9:00pm– 2:00am.
Zimmer Children’s Museum
6505 Wilshire Blvd #100
Los Angeles, CA 90048
If you’re looking for the perfect family friendly event to attend, kick off the New Year at Zimmer Children’s Museum. Kids can decorate their own party accessories and noisemakers to get two balloon drops! Countdown is held at 12:14 and 2:14 to create a memorable NYE experience! In addition, the Museum also offers interactive exhibits for young children. The real airplane and ambulance are a hit with youngsters as well!
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, California 91608
Usher in the new year at Southern California’s largest New Year’s Eve party, Citywalk Rocks New Year’s Eve, which will feature fireworks and non-stop entertainment featuring various genres of music and more. The fireworks can be viewed from different locations, including the “WaterWorld®” attraction (inside of theme park), and a stadium-style arena that will offer family-friendly activities such as a balloon artist. The party starts at 9PM and a VIP package is available which includes admission, valet parking & party favors for $100 a car which is technically less expensive than babysitting and you get to rock out with the entire family. Other admission prices are available as well.
Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103
This New Year’s Eve, join the Kidspace Museum’s for their “Noon Year’s Eve” which will include a performance by musical group Clint Perry & the Boo Hoo Crew at 11:30am. Plan to arrive early to make party hats, noisemakers and participate in a noon countdown! A balloon drop, streamers and sparking cider will be a part of the celebration as well. This special event is from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
275 E. Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91502
For a fun and exciting family New Year’s Eve, plan the day out in Downtown Burbank! Catch a flick at the AMC theater which happens to be one of the top five busiest cinemas in the country! What’s good? Frozen is the perfect movie to watch this holiday season. Dine at one of the many food establishments downtown such as PizzaRev which allows customers to customize their pizzas! Follow up with ice skating at The Rink which is open on NYE until 9:30pm! The kids might fall asleep on the ride home but mom and dad can cuddle on the couch while watching the ball drop from Time Square.
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