Staying up until midnight on New Year’s Eve can be challenging for a child. When I was 9, I tried to wake up to ring in the new year, but set my alarm clock wrong and slept straight through till morning. Fortunately, Southern California kids now have several ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve on their own time, thanks to a number of Los Angeles attractions.
The Children’s Museum at La Habra (301 S. Euclid St.) hosts a merry morning from 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 31 with face painting, hat making and a noontime balloon drop. The museum is requesting that you RSVP ahead of time. Tickets: $8 ages 2 and older; www.lhcm.org.
Clint Perry and the Boohoo Crew will be performing at Noon Year’s Eve from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 31 at Kidspace Children’s Museum (480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena), where children can also enjoy sparkling cider, noisemaker-making, streamers and a big balloon drop. Tickets: $11; www.kidspacemuseum.org.
Balloons will be dropping on an hourly basis at the Zimmer Children’s Museum’s New Year’s Party Dec. 31. Countdowns will take place every hour from 11:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Children can make their own party favors to use at the Zimmer (6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, L.A.), then take them with them to get the party happening at home. Tickets: $7 ages 1 and older; www.zimmermuseum.org.
If your youngsters can party into the early evening, then the annual New Year’s Eve Musical Revue at the Santa Monica Playhouse (1211 4th St., Santa Monica) might be a fun party to attend. This family-friendly affair beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 is geared for ages 6 and older, and includes a hearty buffet supper, party accessories and an all-new musical/comedy show aimed to entertain audiences old and young. Tickets: $49.50 adults, $29.50 children 12 and younger; www.santamonicaplayhouse.com.