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So maybe you're not hanging out at swanky restaurants in sequin dresses knocking down champagne bottles until 4 in the morning now that you're traveling with kids but you can still have a great time! If your New Year's Eve plans include Los Angeles - lucky you!  L.A. provides families with a playground of activities to suit their needs, style and budget.  Ring in 2020 by exploring some of the best ways to spend a fun New Year's Eve with kids in Los Angeles.

Unique New Year's Eve Ideas in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Zoo 5333 Zoo Drive Los Angeles, CA
*all ages
*$69 Adults and $45 Children (includes dinner)
Roar in the New Year along with your favorite, furry, four legged friends.  The L.A. Zoo is aglow under the stars with a disco ball forest, 3-D animation and awe inspiring lights that earned honors and nominations for awards year after year.  The celebration includes a dinner buffet with champagne or sparkling cider toast.  There is a cash bar.  Rock out with the DJ Dance Party or ride the carousel in between the dinner and dessert buffet.

Monkey See....Photo by Andre Mouton on Unsplash


480 N. Arroyo Blvd. and W. Holly Street, Pasadena, CA
*all ages
*Adults $14, Kids $14, Infants under age 1 free
Do you wanna build a snowman? Experience 5 days of real snow from December 26-30 along with musical performances, cookie decorating and winter themed crafts.  On December 31, Tuesday, celebrate "Noon Year's Eve" with the whole family.  At the STROKE OF NOON, there will be dancing, DJ's, party hats and confetti galore.  There is a new cafe' on site called the 'Bean Sprout Cafe'" offering whimsical and healthy, allergy friendly dishes.  Visitors are also welcome to pack a lunch and throw down a blanket for a picnic.


  29901 Ladyface Court Agoura Hills, CA
*all ages (5 and up suggested)
*cost is free
Renew your library card and check out some books while you "countdown until noon" at the Agoura Hills Library.  Learn why we celebrate New Years and how other places around the world celebrate the end of the year.  Make resolutions while enjoying snacks and making a craft.

Brains and brawn.....Photo by Brina Blum on Unsplash


 200 North Grand  Avenue  Los Angeles, California
*all ages welcome but it might be a late night for the wee ones
*free event (con: might get crowded)
*suggested parking at the Walt Disney Concert Hall
8th Annual NYELA!  Enjoy two music stages with some of LA's best music makers along with an interactive 3-D digital show.  Enjoy art installations, photo booths, and food trucks.
Outside food is permitted but outside beverages are not (except sealed bottled water and sealed juice boxes).  This is an alcohol free, family event so no alcohol is permitted in the event space.

The best parts without the messy drunks....Photo by Chansereypich Seng on Unsplash


 6233 Hollywood Blvd.  Los Angeles, California
*all ages if your kiddos can sit through a live performance
*cost: ticket prices vary
Do you wanna build a snowman?  It is ALWAYS a GREAT day for a live musical performance!  Frozen at the Pantages theater is a magical way to usher in the new year.

Now that's a snowman! Photo by Jaeyoung Geoffrey Kang on Unsplash


 Staple Center, Los Angeles
*cost: ticket prices vary
If you have never experienced a Hockey Game...well here is a good time to check that box off the list.  This fast paced, exhilarating games is an exciting way to ring in 2020.

A sporty New Years! Photo by YIFEI CHEN on Unsplash


1110 Montana Avenue Santa Monica, California
This family friendly musical revue has been written up as "one of the best NYE in L.A...." LA Weekly
*6pm and 9:30 pm performances
*$49.50 Adults and $29.50 Kids-6pm show and dinner
*$69.50 Adults and $39.50 Kids-9pm show and dinner
This "not to be missed NYE celebration" includes a musical review that spans many genres in music, a sing-a-long, door prizes, hats/tiaras and a dinner buffet with champagne/sparkling cider.
There is a REALLY good chance you will be dancing in the aisles!!!

Sing in the New Year! Photo by Katherine Thad on Unsplash


Amusement Parks

Universal Studios - "Eve at Universal" Join the fun for an evening of festivities including multiple DJ's throughout the park that culminate simultaneously at midnight with a traditional NYE countdown and firework.  (noon-midnight)
Disneyland - Why not celebrate New Year's Eve at "the happiest place on Earth"?!  The theme park is opened from 8am-2pm and has even more magic from special menus in the restaurants to TWO fireworks displays (9pm and Midnight).
Knott's Berry Farm - Countdown to New Year's with special fireworks, live entertainment, and extended hours from 10am-1pm.
Legoland - The park is open from 10am-7pm with a special New Year's Eve.  Experience Times Square recreated with a giant Lego brick falling 22 feet and fireworks to follow.  The illuminating display takes place at 6pm providing an amazing ending to the year before bedtime.

Be a kid with your kid for New Year's Eve! Photo by ckturistando on Unsplash


But I want more ideas that are more low key

Santa Barbara Zoo - open from 10-5pm on both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.  Enjoy a drive up the coast, pack a picnic and head to the zoo.
Movie in a Theater - Frozen 2 has recently hit the theaters and it is soaring the box office charts.  If you saw the movie already, maybe see it a second or third time (we are not judging...honest).
Ice Skating - grab your mittens and spend NYE on ice.  There are many fun ice skating centers sprinkled around the L.A. area.
Bowling - Skating not your thing? Hate being cold? Bowling is always a fun, family activity.  Google your way to a lane nearest you.

Glide into the New Year! Photo by Johnell Pannell on Unsplash

But I just want to stay home and wear the matching holiday PJ's we got

Crack open the sparkling cider and:
~cook or bake a family favorite together.
~create party hats to wear as you ring in the New Year
~make family vision boards
~Game: Hide and find the alarm clock
~Dim the lights and grab some glow sticks.  Ask Alexa to play her favorite party tunes.
~make popcorn and watch a favorite movie

Kick back into the New Year! Photo by Rosie Kerr on Unsplash


However you choose to spend the end of 2019 and welcome in 2020....Happy New Year to you from L.A. Family Travel.
Allyson Barton was born in Brooklyn and currently live in Southern California. She has a huge passion for celebrating life through travel....Experiencing the essence of each destination through arts, culture and food. She loves planning trips that include unique experiences that ensure memories to last a lifetime. Her hobbies include Broadway musicals, exploring new recipes, wine tasting, museums, fashion, Pilates and reading.