December 31st can be a day to reflect on the past year and to contemplate the year to come. Or it can be a day to have fun. For adults, the partying typically starts in the evening and culminates at midnight. For kids, staying up until midnight can be a challenge, or even ruled out by parents. Luckily, there are a number of Los Angeles events where children can ring in the New Year when the clock strikes 12 … noon.
Kidspace Children’s Museum (480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena; www.kidspacemuseum.org) will host its Noon Year’s Eve celebration from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Toast in the New Year with sparkling cider and a big balloon drop at noon. Children can also create noisemakers to add to the celebrating and dance along to the merry music of the Boo Hoo Crew. $11 ages 2 and older.
The Zimmer Children’s Museum (6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100, L.A.; www.zimmermuseum.org) will celebrate the coming of 2016 throughout Dec. 31 with balloon drops at 11:16 a.m., 12:16 p.m., 1:16 p.m., 2:16 p.m. and 3:16 p.m. Children can make their own party favors to make it a more memorable time. While not required, RSVPs are encouraged and the museum tends to be less crowded later in the afternoon. $7, free for children under 1.
Discovery Cube Los Angeles (11800 Foothill Blvd., L.A.; www.discoverycube.org/la) will double your New Year’s party pleasure by having NYE events from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 30 and 31. The cube will have a countdown to a huge balloon drop that will come complete with hats, horns and kid-friendly drinks. Children can also enjoy New Year’s-themed learning stations. $10.
At The Children’s Museum of La Habra (301 S. Euclid St., La Habra; www.lhcm.org), the NYE celebration starts at 10 a.m. Kids can make their own festive hats, get their faces painted and enjoy singing and dancing. At noon, everyone can join a colorful balloon drop. RSVPs are required. Call 562-383-4236. $8 ages 2 and older.
For those who can stay out a little later, the Santa Monica Playhouse (1211 4th St., Santa Monica; www.santamonicaplayhouse.com) once again hosts its annual All-New, One-Time-Only New Year’s Eve Musical Revue. Appropriate for ages 6 and older, this Dec. 31 event offers a buffet dinner, party trinkets and a fun, family-friendly musical shows at 6 p.m. ($49.50 adults, $29.50 ages 12 and younger) and 9:30 p.m. ($59.50 adults, $39.50 ages 12 and younger). Reservations recommended by calling 310-394-9779 ext 1.
The L.A. Zoo (6-10 p.m., 5333 Zoo Dr., L.A.) hopes to start a new tradition by offering a special “VIP Experience” Dec. 31. At this family New Year’s Eve party ($65 adults, $40 children), you’ll get “skip-the-line” express entrance to the L.A. Zoo Lights spectacular, a ride on the zoo’s carousel, kids’ craft projects, a DJ dance party and a dinner buffet with champagne for adults and sparkling apple cider for kids. VIPs will also be able to watch a live broadcast of the New York’s Times Square ball drop at 9 p.m. Because of limited availability, reservations are recommended at www.lazoolights.org.