Family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations in Orange County
It’s not too early to start planning your upcoming New Year’s Eve… and it’s even better this year because it falls on a Saturday. So you and the chiclets can party all day long, then head home and ring in the new year sitting on your comfy couch and sleep in the next day. Oh wait, never mind, we’re parents.
Anyways… Check out our list of upcoming New Year’s Eve events happening here in Orange County! And if you have a favorite annual New Year’s Eve event that you attend with your family, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below. ¡Salud!
Pretend City Children’s Museum
Irvine, California 92618
5..4..3..2..1..HAPPY NOON YEAR! Join us for our annual New Year’s Celebration in the middle of the day! We will celebrate the new year at different times throughout the day as the sun travels across the different time zones! There will be a confetti countdown 4 different times to celebrate the new year in Bangladesh, Dubai, Athens, and London, as it turns to midnight in these different cities! We will also have New Year’s activities and art for our little ones to enjoy!
“It’s Midnight Somewhere” Confetti Countdown Times:
10:00 a.m. – Dhaka, Bangladesh
12:00 p.m. – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2:00 p.m. – Athens, Greece
4:00 p.m. – London, England
Smart Art: We will be making Noon-Year’s eve noise makers, working with the numbers 1-12, and making your very own Noon-Year’s eve party hat to take home.
Noise Makers – Come make a noise maker for our Noon-Year’s Eve Countdown.
Party Hats– Join us in one of our community rooms to make and decorate a party hat!
Clock Making – Older children will enjoy learning the basics of how to tell time while making their own clock using various art materials.
Math Matters (11:00am): Countdown Clock > Let’s count from 1-10 and then back down again! Children will use various materials such as buttons, beads, and other manipulatives to practice their counting skills, learn one to one correspondence, and the ability to count backwards which will be a useful skill to use for our Noon-Year’s eve countdown.
1802 N Main Street
Santa Ana, California 92706
Come celebrate the New Year with Kidseum! We will craft the day away with fun New Year’s themed projects.
In the Art Studio, kids will create hand-made reusable confetti poppers and colorful noisemakers that they can use at home during the real countdown. The kiddos will practice countdowns every hour on the hour, beginning at noon, to be ready for the New Year’s countdown. Kids can practice making as much noise as possible with their hand-crafted noise makers and practice shooting their confetti! In the Glow Cave, we will make glowing wish wands that will even glow in the dark when you take them home!
At 3:00pm, after our practice countdown and blasting of colorful confetti, there will be a balloon drop in the center of Kidseum!
The Children’s Museum at La Habra
301 S. Euclid St.
La Habra, CA 90631
No longer will your little ones feel left out by the late night New Year’s festivities! The whole family can celebrate the countdown to 12 o’clock NOON! Complete with hat making, face painting, dancing, and a balloon drop, the Children’s Museum knows how to ring in the New Year in style.
10am – 11am Crafts & Face Painting
11am-12pm Dance party with DJ Trevor
12 noon Balloon Drop
Please RSVP to (562) 383-4236. Free to CMLH Members and visitors with paid admission.
PCH Grill at Disneyland Resort
1717 Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802
Kick Off the New Year with Mickey and Friends! Revel in the fun as you count down to one with a New Year’s get-together to remember. This epic party begins at Disney’s PCH Grill, where you’ll enjoy a bountiful buffet of all-you-care-to-enjoy selections, followed by a momentous celebration hosted by Mickey and his pals inside the Pacific Ballroom. The party culminates with a midnight toast and breathtaking balloon drop.
Disney’s PCH Grill New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet and Character Celebration takes place on December 31, 2016. Dinner is served from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The New Year’s Character Celebration event in the Pacific Ballroom begins at 6:00 PM and ends at 12:30 AM..
Join the party for $75.00 per adult and $25.00 per child (ages 3 to 9); tax and gratuity not included. Please note: A service charge will automatically be added for parties of 8 or more Guests. For reservations, please call (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463 between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM Pacific Time daily. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
Harbor Blvd., Pomona Ave., and Wilshire Ave.
The City of Fullerton will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the annual “First Night Fullerton” on Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 12 midnight. This popular family-oriented, alcohol-free event is free to the public and has an estimated attendance of over 15,000 guests every year.
This year’s festival will feature musical stage performances by a variety bands, roaming entertainment, games, food vendors, activities and more. The festival ends at midnight as the sky lights up with an incredible aerial display of fireworks to ring in the New Year. 25th anniversary first night activities include live Music, NEW Xtreme Rides, zip lining, food and fireworks show at midnight.