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.