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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.