Ringing in the New Year with kids is a lot of fun—plus you don’t have to stay up until midnight! Here are a bunch of family-friendly New Year’s celebrations, from music and shows, to straight-out partying. Have fun!
Bring the whole family and celebrate the New Year all day at the Noon Year’s Eve Storyland Celebration. Party like you are in Times Square with a family countdown, ball drop, dance party, and parade every hour.
Location: Hands On Children’s Museum, 414 Jefferson Street NE, Olympia, WA
When: Tuesday, December 31, 9 am-5 pm
Cost: General $14.95, Babies 0-17 months are free
There will be multiple New Year’s countdowns, art activities, and a dance party with DJ Greasy Kid Stuff. Museum closes at 3 p.m.
Location: Portland Children’s Museum, 4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland
When: Tuesday, December 31, 11 am-2 pm
Cost: Museum admission ages 1–54: $11; under age 1 are free
Ring in the “Noon” Year with your little ones, at an hour they can celebrate! Enjoy a kid-friendly party at Gilbert House Children’s Museum with fun crafts, photo ops, and a balloon drop at 12 pm!
Location: Gilbert House Children’s Museum, 116 Marion St NE, Salem, OR
When: Tuesday, December 31, 10 am-2 pm
Cost: Museum admission. General $8, Children under one are free
Celebrate the new year with your young child, ages 0-5. Enjoy dancing, balloons, activities and snacks. It’s a family-friendly way to ring in 2020!
Location: Northwest Library, 2300 NW Thurman St, Portland
When: Tuesday, December 31. 11 am-12:30 pm
Cost: Free. First come, first served.
Join MJCC for a fun family event to ring in the new year with games, a bouncy house, arts and crafts, snacks, dancing, pool float, and a balloon drop at noon. This event is free and for all ages.
Location: Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy
When: Tuesday, December 31. 11 am-2 pm at MJCC. Pool float 12:30 pm-2 pm
Cost: Free and open to the community
Families are invited to come ring in a “Happy Noon Year!” by popping bubble wrap, playing with noisemakers, and toasting with sparkling cider. Help bubble wrap up 2019!
Location: Garden Home Community Library Annex, 7306 SW Oleson Rd., Portland
When: Tuesday, December 31, 11 am-12:15 pm
For those of you who like to be done with New Year’s by dinner, come have brunchy good times with the band!
When: Tuesday, December 31, 11:30 am-1 pm
Where: Alberta Street Pub, 1036 NE Alberta St, Portland
Cost: $8 per person.
Memoz Cafe, the build-your-own dessert bar, is hosting a full day of family-friendly activities. There will be international hourly countdowns to “midnight,” hands-on kids’ activities, bubbly for kids and adults, plus the chance to build your own desserts (baked in under two minutes).
Location: 3494 N Williams Ave., Portland
When: Tuesday, December 31, 12 pm-9 pm
Cost: Most build-your-own desserts are approximately $6.50
The Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest (NARA) is hosting its 34th annual New Year’s Eve Sobriety Powwow at the Oregon Convention Center. This celebration is an alcohol-, recreational drug- and commercial tobacco-free event, with drums, song and dance.
Location: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
When: Tuesday, December 31, 12 pm-8 pm
Cost: Free and open to the public
It wouldn’t be the holidays in Portland without a visit to the Oregon Zoo’s annual winter festival, ZooLights. As you walk around the zoo, you’ll see a dazzling display of a more than 1.5 million lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new way.
Location: Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd., Portland
When: Nightly through January 5, 5 pm-9 pm. No ZooLights December 25.
Cost: Check cost here. Discount for purchasing tickets online.
Catch Tallulah’s Daddy, Mr. Ben & Zazzy Zoe at this special show, and ring in the new year in time for bedtime. Get there early to snag a seat.
When: Tuesday, December 31, 5 pm-6 pm
Where: Alberta Street Pub, 1036 NE Alberta St, Portland
Cost: $10 per person
Micah and Me will get your littles up and dancing while you sit back and relax and enjoy a nice cold beer or wine and great pizza! Micah and Me are also playing a Noon Year’s Rockin’ Eve Dance Party at the Tualatin Public Library at 11 am.
When: Tuesday, December 31, 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
Where: Mississippi Pizza Pub, 3552 N Mississippi Ave, Portland
Cost: $4-$10 per person. sliding scale. Babes in arm free!
Snow Tube and Adventure Park are open with normal hours, plus there’s cosmic tubing, Frosty’s Playland, Super Play Zone and a live DJ. Torch light parade and fireworks at midnight, and winter games, beer gardens and a dance party.
Location: Mt. Hood Ski Bowl
When: Starts Tuesday, December 31, beginning at 9 am
Cost: Varies. Junior tickets start at $45.
See the lights on Peacock Lane and you’ll find nothing but good, old-fashioned holiday spirit. Each house in this quaint Southeast neighborhood has been decorating for Christmas for decades.
Location: Peacock Lane, SE Belmont St. & SE Peacock Ln., Portland
When: Nightly through Tuesday, December 31. 6 pm-11 pm.
It’s the roaring 20s at Oaks Park’s annual all-ages NYE skate party! Features a live DJ, skate games and specials, countdown to midnight, and more. Wear your 20s attire and get admission with conventional skate rental for $20!
Location: Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland
When: Tuesday, December 31, 7 pm-1 am.
Cost: $22 per skater. Includes conventional skates.
New Year’s fun with buffet, games and rides. See deals online.
Location: John’s Incredible Pizza, 9180 SW Hall Blvd, Portland
When: Tuesday, December 31, 7 pm-1 am
Cost: Packages beginning at $20
Head outdoors on New Year’s Day for these annual First Day Hikes. Hikes will be guided by a park ranger or volunteer who will share stories about the park’s history, geology, wildlife and plants. All hikes are free; day-use parking fees will be waived at all participating parks January 1 only.
Location: Various sites throughout Oregon, including Tryon Creek State Park, Milo McIver State Park and Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail.
When: Wednesday January 1, 2020
Cost: Free – Find a site and register online.
Looking for more options? Check out the Kids Calendar for more New Year’s fun.