Let’s face it… New Year’s Eve parties after kids just aren’t the same. You’re either paying a small fortune for an overnight babysitter or you’re leaving a party early to get home before the ball drops and everyone screams with joy. Or you’re like me and said “screw it” to the NYE party and go to bed with your kids by 10pm. After all, those little whipper snappers will still be up at the crack of dawn on New Year’s Day. They haven’t quite learned the importance of sleeping in on a non-work week day.
Still, ringing in the New Year with your kids is a fun way to start a new tradition and maybe get them to start thinking about resolutions. You don’t have to let them in on the secret that we all break them before the end of the month anyways.
Had a tough 2012? Then take a swing at the giant temple bell to literally “ring in” the New Year at 27th Annual Bell Ringing Ceremony at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. A 2100-lb., sixteenth-century Japanese bronze bell originally from a temple in Tajima Province in Japan will be struck 108 times with a large custom-hewn log. Tickets to ring the bell are distributed at the admission desk. Sunday, December 30, 2012 at approx 11:00am. For more information call (415) 581-3500.
If you have older children that can handle the late night, head to the Embarcadero – Pier 14 in San Francisco for New Year’s Eve Midnight Fireworks starting when the clock strikes 12am for 2013.
If you have little ones that can’t handle a break in their afternoon nap let alone an all-nighter, then check out Sausalito’s Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Noon Year’s Eve party. Count down to noon with us as we watch the ball drop in Festival Plaza. The museum is open from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. click here for tickets
For the fearless flyer in your family, cruise on over to the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos for a family friendly Noon Year’s Eve party with a balloon drop at 12pm. The party is from 10am to 1pm. For more information, check out the event page.
Have a Charlie Brown New Year’s Eve at the Charles Schultz Museum in Santa Rosa, complete with root beer toasts. Musuem opens at 10am with crafts and festivities until 3pm. Check out their calendar of events for more details.
If you know more family-friendly events, please leave a comment and we’ll add it to our round-up.