A Countdown of New Year’s Countdowns

By Michael Berick

NYE Parties for Kids in Los Angeles

The L.A. Zoo is one place where families can ring in 2018. PHOTO BY JAMIE PHAM

We will start our New Year’s countdown at five with this list – which is chronological, not a ranking. 

5. The Santa Monica Playhouse (1211 4th St., Santa Monica; www.santamonicaplayhouse.com) is presenting its annual (but new each year) New Year’s Eve Musical Revue at 7 p.m. Dec. 30 and 6 p.m. Dec. 31. For $39.50-$59.50 adults, $19.50-$39.50 children, guests can enjoy a buffet dinner, a light-hearted musical production, noisemakers, streamers and an end-of-year toast with sparkling apple juice. Reservations requested.

4. Families can ring in the new year 12 hours early at Kidspace Noon Year’s Eve (480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena; www.kidspacemuseum.org). The party runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 31, with the big countdown at noon rather than midnight. Come out and make some party favors to use during the big balloon drop. $13 ages 1 and older.

3. The Zimmer’s New Year’s Eve Party (6505 Wilshire Blvd., 100, L.A.; www.zimmermuseum.org) taking place from 12:30-4 p.m. has a not one, not two, but three New Year’s balloon drops. They will occur at 1:18 p.m., 2:18 p.m., and 3:18 p.m. in honor of 2018. $7.50 ages 1 and older.

2. The full day of fun at Legoland’s Kids’ New Year’s Eve Celebration (1 Legoland Dr., Carlsbad; www.legoland.com) begins at 10 a.m. and will lead up a 2018 countdown culminating at 6 p.m. with the 22-foot drop of a giant LEGO brick, followed by a fireworks show. $95 adults, $89 ages 3-12.

1. At the L.A. Zoo’s Family New Year’s Eve (5333 Zoo Dr., L.A.; www.lazoo.org), guests will receive “skip the line” admission to the cool L.A. Zoo Lights installation, dine at a dinner buffet and boogie at a DJ dance party. At 9 p.m., everyone can raise their glasses and toast the New Year while watching a live broadcast of the New York City ball drop. The fun takes place from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $69 for adults, $45 for children, and advance online reservations are recommended.

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