Fun & Free Things to Do New Years Eve Weekend with LA Kids
Survived. Christmas. (So much wrapping. So many toys). Made it through the carols and the candy canes and the carrots for the reindeer. 2013 is nearly wrapped and in the can, but for one more hurdle. And, oh, it's a big one. New Year's 2014, only the biggest night of the year. (At least it used to be when you were young and carefree. Now that your world is run by younger and and more carefree creatures, it's a big afternoon filled with balloon drops and cider toasts. And a night filled with cuddles on the couch, watching the NYC ball drop at a bedtime friendly hour. But it's still pretty cool.)
We humbly hope our weekly listing of events has made the task of entertaining your kiddies just a little bit easier (and more fun!). We’ll be offering up even more for 2014, with festivals, parties, and an assortment of extravaganzas for kids of all shapes and sizes. (Check out our guide to Snow Sledding and Tubing near Los Angeles if you want to get an early start to your planning.)
So grab your party hats and keep reading for some of our favorite picks for ringing in the New Year.
Rose Parade Float Decorating - - Pasadena
Kids can watch the magic happen as the finishing touches are applied to the Rose Parade Floats. Viewing is available at three venues in Pasadena from Friday through Monday. The floats will also be available for viewing after Wednesday’s Rose Parade.
Frozen (PG) - Hollywood
The weather outside may not be frightful, but you can enjoy an icy chill at the El Capitan.
TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil - Irvine
It’s your last chance to catch Cirque du Soleil’s latest extravaganza in Orange County. (The Santa Monica run begins January 17).
Aladdin and His Winter Wish - Pasadena
Grab a magic carpet to Pasadena to see this high-spirited British panto production of the classic Aladdin tale - before it disappears! (Check out our review.)
STOMP - Beverly Hills
Make some noise! It’s the closing weekend for Stomp as well. (And we've got a review of that, too.)
Disney on Ice: Rockin' Ever After - Ontario
Merida, Ariel, Rapunzel, and Belle and Beast skate up a storm at Citizens Business Bank Arena – before moving on to Long Beach in the new year. (And, yes, we've got a review for you.)
Snow Days at Kidspace - Pasadena
Who said it never snows in SoCal? Thursday through Monday, Kidspace Children's Museum is blanketed with tons of the stuff. Snowball fight! (Bonus: you don’t have to put on your snow tires to get there!)
Last Weekends of the Month at the Skirball - West LA
The Skirball Cultural Center wishes a musical farewell to 2013 with performances by Jambo on Saturday and the Pop Ups on Sunday.
Kwanzaa! - Mid City
The Lula Washington Dance Theatre presents an exuberant celebration of Kwanzaa.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 28
Kwanzaa Heritage Festival, Block Parade & Candle Lighting Ceremony - Leimert Park
The 12th annual festival includes a parade, a candle lighting ceremony, drum circle, and plenty of music and dancing.
Annual Wrigley Snow Day - Long Beach
Break out your mittens, there's snow in Veteran's Park - more than 4 tons of it!
Radio Disney Phineas & Ferb Party - Burbank
"There's 104 days of summer vacation..." and what better time to start thinking about them than Winter Break! The Radio Disney Road Crew comes to Burbank IKEA for the Phineas and Ferb Party.
FIGat7th Kids Club - Downtown
Was 2013 a good year? Kids can document the year by making their own time capsule at FIGat7th’s free Kids Club.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 29
EquestFest - Burbank
Families can meet the equestrians participating in the Tournament of Roses Parade, pat a few noses, and get a sneak preview of their parade performances before the big day.
Bandfest - Pasadena
The bands selected to perform in the 2014 Rose Parade perform their field shows at Pasadena City College. (Also Monday)
Family Snow Day - Valencia
Ice Station Valencia's Family Snow Days give the entire family a chance to play in snow, ice skate, drink hot cocoa, meet Frosty the Snowman, and have a fun family holiday experience.
Stories in the Afternoon Pasadena
Norton Simon’s family program looks at … families! Bring your brood to look at family portraits and make one of your own.
Zimmer Sunday Family Programs - Mid-Wilshire
Kids can make Winter creations at the Zimmer’s Sunday program.
Winter Family Sleepover - Long Beach
Sometimes sleeping with the fishes is a good thing. Like when you do it at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 31: NEW YEAR’S EVE
Queen Mary New Year's Eve Fireworks - Long Beach
If you can see the Queen Mary at midnight, you get to see the second set of fireworks Long Beach sets off to ring in the New Year.
Annual New Year's NOON Party - La Habra
The Children's Museum at La Habra’s kid-centric New Year’s celebration culminates in a noon balloon drop.
New Year’s Eve Party - Irvine
The countdown to noon at Pretend City includes a rockin’ dance party
Noon Years Eve Balloon Drop - Pasadena
The New Years celebration at Kidspace is operating on a kid’s timeclock, with a balloon drop and sparkling cider toast at noon sharp!
Knott’s New Year’s Eve Celebration - Buena Park
Knott's Berry Farm stays open til 1am on New Year’s Eve; with festivities that include fireworks and live performances.
Noon Year's Eve at the Discovery Cube - Santa Ana
Discovery Science Center celebrates the noon year with balloon drops at noon and 2pm, green screen photos, and sound-effects creating on a Foley stage. (Also Monday)
New Year's Eve Kick-Off for Kids - Mid-Wilshire
The Zimmer celebrates 2014 with balloon drops at 12:14pm and 2:12pm.
Noon O 'clock Countdown - Eagle Rock
Eagle Rock's Green Bean hosts a free Countdown to the New Year at noon.
Skating Plus New Year's Eve Party - Ventura
Kids can roller skate to an early new year with a balloon drop at 3pm.
Kid's New Year's Eve - Carlsbad
What kid could say no to New Years at Legoland? Kids’ favorites perform throughout the day, then the LEGO brick drops at 6:00pm. Fireworks follow.
Kids New Years Eve Bash at Giggles N' Hugs - Multiple Locations
Popular playspace Giggles 'n' Hugs helps kids ring in the New Year with an action-packed dance party at all three locations.
Family-Friendly Free Waterfront Celebration - Long Beach
Long Beach offers a family-friendly New Year's celebration at the Downtown waterfront amphitheater, with magicians, face painters, and balloon artists, and free trackless train rides. Fireworks begin at 9:00pm.
Annual All-New One-Time-Only New Year's Eve Revue - Santa Monica
The Santa Monica Playhouse offers two show times of its all-new evening of audience-favorite songs, dances, and comedy. The 6:00pm show gives kids the full New Year's experience while getting them home for bedtime.
New Year's Eve LA - Downtown
Grand Park’s free New Year’s celebration includes performances, art installations, and large-scale animated projections, as well as photo booths, face painting and food trucks. An early countdown is timed to New York’s ball drop.
As always, there are many more activities listed on our daily events calendar. Whatever you choose to do this holiday weekend, we hope you have a truly auspicious start to 2013, and wish you much joy and endless fun in the months ahead. Happy New Year, everyone!