Ringing in the New Year with kids is a lot of fun — plus you don’t have to stay up until midnight. Check out these family-friendly celebrations, and have a happy new year!
Ice Skate at Mountain View Ice Arena’s New Year’s Eve Party
This family-friendly public skate is an awesome way to celebrate the beginning of 2022.
Location: 14313 Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard, Vancouver
When: December 31, 7:00 pm-9:15 pm
All Ages NYE Party at Oaks Park
Don’t miss Oaks Park’s annual all-ages NYE skate party! Features a live DJ, skate games and specials, countdown to midnight, and more.
Location: Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland
When: December 31, 7 pm-1 am.
Cost: $22 per skater. Includes conventional skates.
First Day Hike and Free Parking at Parks Across Oregon and Washington
Head outdoors on New Year’s Day for these annual First Day Hikes. Some 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. Hikes are happening in Oregon and Washington.
Location: Various parks throughout Oregon and Washington
When: January 1
Cost: Free. Find a site and register online.
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 Fairy Tales and Dragons 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: December 31, 9 am-6 pm
Cost: General $15.95, Babies 0-17 months are free
Noon Year’s Eve Party at Gilbert House Children’s Museum
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, a hot chocolate bar and a balloon drop at 12 pm!
Location: Gilbert House Children’s Museum, 116 Marion St NE, Salem, OR
When: December 31, 10 am-1 pm
Cost: Museum admission. Members $5, Nonmembers $15. Children under one are free
ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo
It wouldn’t be the holidays in Portland without a visit to the Oregon Zoo’s annual winter festival, ZooLights. As you walk or drive 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 9, 5 pm-9 pm. No ZooLights December 25. All tickets are timed-entry and must be purchased in advance online.
Cost: $16-29 per person or $65 per car. Members get a 20% discount.
See the Lights on Peacock Lane (Last Night)
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.
Noon Year’s Eve Countdown for Toddlers at Kowabunga Indoor Playspace
Celebrate the new year with your toddler! Kowabunga’s Indoor Playspace party includes two hours of playtime, a noisemaker craft, hot cocoa, a balloon pop countdown and balloon drop.
Location: 8132 Sw Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. Portland, OR 97225
When: December 31, 11:00 am-1:00 pm or 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Cost: $20 per child, one adult free with each child ticket. Additional adults $7 each. Ages 5 months and under free.
New Year’s Eve Dancin’ Party at John’s Incredible Pizza in Beaverton
New Year’s fun with buffet, games and rides, and a countdown at 9:00 pm.
Location: John’s Incredible Pizza, 9180 SW Hall Blvd, Portland
When: December 31, open until 9:30 pm, last admission at 8:00 pm
Cost: Packages beginning at $29.99
Feliz Ano Novo at Favela Brazilian Cafe
Wear white clothes for peace, and prepare seven wishes for the Brazilian tradition of jumping waves. Families welcome, but no dogs this time (usually pets are welcome). Drink and traditional lentil portion included with reservation.
Location: 5300 SE Foster Rd., Portland, OR 97206
When: December 31, 8:00 pm-1:00 am, make a reservation by phone at 503-789-1291.
Cost: $20-120, depending on the size of your party.
Spend New Year’s at the Symphony
Join the Portland tradition of spending New Year’s Eve at the Oregon Symphony. Gladys Knight will perform her most popular hits.
Location: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
When: December 31, 7:30 pm
Cost: Varies depending on seat location, but generally tickets start around $49.00
Take Fun Photos at Leka Playland
Leka Playland will have a fun photo opportunity with silly props set up December 31-January 1.
Location: 7405 SW Tigard Tech Center Dr. Suite 120, Tigard
When: December 31-January 1
Cost: Included with admission
Ohana Teen New Year’s Eve Bash
Your teen will enjoy pizza, music, laser tag, an escape room, a movie, dodgeball, video games and more at this special event for 7th-12th grade students. Register here.
Location: Hidden Creek Community Center in Hillsboro
When: December 31-January 1, 8:00 pm-12:30am
Cost: $15 for residents, $25 for non-residents
Get a Free Ride
Trimet is offering free rides on the MAX, buses, and Portland Streetcar after 8p on New Year’s Eve.
Not ready for in-person fun? Tigard Public Library is hosting a virtual event from 11:45 am-12:05 pm.
Looking for more options? Check out the Kids Calendar for more New Year’s fun.
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