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!
Noon Year’s Eve at Hands On Children’s Museum
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
First Day Hike at Parks Across Oregon
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.