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Nope, it’s not hap­pen­ing. The crowd­ed liv­ing room full of friends, hug­ging and kiss­ing each oth­er over goopy, sug­ar-filled desserts and salty, crunchy snacks. Drinks that may or may not leave you feel­ing a bit queasy the next morn­ing. Well, the drink­ing part may still be hap­pen­ing but New Year’s Eve 2020 is being cel­e­brat­ed dif­fer­ent­ly around Los Ange­les and the world. 

 

Even the Times Square ball won’t drop after 113 years of glid­ing down to light the new year. Its last hia­tus being dur­ing the dim-out peri­ods of World War II in 1942 and 1943. Health offi­cials wor­ry that a Times Square packed with hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple rev­el­ing with those out­side their own house­hold may cause a prob­lem or two a few days down the line.

 

So, what’s a fun-lov­ing mom to do? Not to wor­ry! Oth­er fun moms have band­ed togeth­er to res­cue your fam­i­ly’s New Year’s Eve in Los Ange­les (and beyond).

 

 

 

Watch the Grand Park’s NYELA

 

With all the new safe­ty guide­lines and restric­tions, Los Ange­les is com­mit­ting to keep every­one as safe as pos­si­ble by bring­ing the par­ty to your liv­ing room. Leg­endary DJ, Steve Aok­i’s label, Dim Mak En Fuego, presents a vir­tu­al par­ty for Grand Park’s NYELA host­ed by DJ Eddie One and Jes­si­ca Flo­res who will intro­duce cut­ting edge artists that include Mex­i­can R&B group AQUIHAYAQUIHAY, Venezualan singer Andrekza, and a guest per­for­mance by BIA. Gasoli­na Par­ty’s 2DEEP will fill time between sets by mix­ing beats. Steve Aoki will fin­ish the set after the count­down to the new year.

 

Pho­to Cour­tesy of NYELA

 

“The world is ready to turn up this New Year’s Eve! And I’m excit­ed to cel­e­brate with The Dim Mak En Fuego fam­i­ly and part­ner with Grand Park and Fuse to ring in the new year, around the world, in a whole new way, with music that tran­scends lan­guages and cul­tures,” Aoki said in a statement. 

There are even At-Home-Par­ty-Kits you can buy from their website!

 

Pho­to Cour­tesy of NYELA

 

 

The event takes place start­ing at 11 p.m. PST on Dec. 31 and can be viewed on Fuse, the Fuse YouTube chan­nel, Grand Park’s dig­i­tal chan­nels and on “The Music Cen­ter Offstage.”

 

Take a Plunge Into Noon Year’s Eve 2020

 

The Aquar­i­um of the Pacif­ic is host­ing a Noon Year’s Eve vir­tu­al cel­e­bra­tion on Decem­ber 31st at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. “Cre­ate a fish par­ty hat, meet a live Ambas­sador Ani­mal, and dance your way to the Noon Year’s count­down with the Pacif­ic Pals pup­pets.” Tick­ets are $5 and are avail­able online. 

 

 

Pho­to Cour­tesy of Aquar­i­um of the Pacific

 

 

Tournament of Roses Still Smells Sweet

 

Well, the good news is you won’t have to endure the freez­ing cold to cheer on your favorite floats this year. Instead, the Tour­na­ment of Ros­es, which has pro­ceed­ed faith­ful­ly every year since 1890, except again for WWII, is going vir­tu­al. The Tour­na­ment of Ros­es said in a news release the new year’s day pro­gram­ming will include “live-to-tape musi­cal and march­ing band per­for­mances, heart­warm­ing seg­ments relat­ed to the Rose Parade, celebri­ty guest appear­ances, spe­cial Rose Bowl Game foot­ball high­lights, eques­tri­ans, spec­tac­u­lar floats from years past, a behind-the-scenes look into the mak­ing of a float and you will have a chance to be part of the show,” it said. How­ev­er, it did­n’t say how. Although the bands from across the coun­try won’t get to per­form in per­son, and many of the stu­dents who have already been asked to come back for 2022 will have grad­u­at­ed, they will still get to par­tic­i­pate in a vir­tu­al per­for­mance of ‘Every­thing’s Com­ing Up Ros­es’ lead by a sur­prise con­duc­tor,” the release said. Get your blan­ket and your hot chocolate.

 

New Years Eve with kids Los Angeles 2021

Pho­to Cour­tesy of Tour­na­ment of Roses

 

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Take a Walk in a Neon Garden

 

GLOW at the South Coast Botan­ic Gar­den is sure to make your new year brighter. Walk through the intri­cate gar­dens, lit up in cre­ative com­bi­na­tions, to take back a zen inte­ri­or from the mag­i­cal exte­ri­or. Hours are lim­it­ed and only go until 5pm, per­fect for an after­noon NYE fam­i­ly activ­i­ty. And if you can’t make it on NYE, no wor­ries, it runs until Jan­u­ary 10. Advance tick­et pur­chas­es are required and are $24.95 for mem­ber and $34.95 for non-mem­bers. Chil­dren 4 and under are free.

 

New Years Eve with kids Los Angeles 2021

Pho­to Cour­tesy of South Coast Botan­i­cal Gardens

 

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Hot Wheels Monster Truck Ultimate Drive-Thru

 

Got a car lover in your fam­i­ly? Then you’ll have to check out the Hot Wheels Mon­ster Truck Ulti­mate Dri­ve-Thru. From their web­site: Jour­ney into a one-of-a-kind, con­tact­less expe­ri­ence where the world of Hot Wheels comes to life right out­side your win­dows! Dri­ve through this LARGER THAN LIFE show­case of every­one’s favorite Hot Wheels Mon­ster Trucks, spe­cial­ty Mon­ster Trucks, Garage of Leg­ends vehi­cles, robots, and more! EVERY tick­et pur­chase includes a Hot Wheels 3‑Car Pack and one FREE dig­i­tal pho­to mem­o­ry of your expe­ri­ence! They’re closed NYE but open on NYD. Held in the Toy­ota Are­na in Oxnard, it’s $50 PER CAR ONLINE $60 Per Car At Gate — The pro­mo code KIDS10 ($10 off week­day and week­end pass­es) will be valid until Jan­u­ary 10, 2021

 

Pho­to Cour­tesy of Hot Wheels