Yes, there are kid-friendly events on New Year’s Eve in the San Francisco Bay Area. These events are guaranteed fun till the break of dawn. In addition, many of them are also budget-friendly.
Bell Ringing at the Asian Art Museum
Visitors can ring a 2,100-pound bell from the 16th century as part of this traditional ceremony. The bell-ringing symbolizes getting a fresh start and leaving behind and negativity or bad luck from the previous year. Museum staff recommend you get there by noon to be sure to get a turn!
December 31, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
200 Larkin St.
San Francisco , Ca
Cost: Ceremony free with general admission ticket: $15/Adult, $8/Ages 13-17, Free/Kids under 12
New Year’s Eve Family Fireworks Cruise
For those kids (and parents) who can stay up past midnight, this family-friendly cruise will give you one of the best views of fireworks in the Bay. The ticket price includes live music and an open bar for the parents. There is no official age restriction, but boarding doesn’t start until 9:45 p.m.
December 31, 9:45 p.m. (boarding)-12:30 a.m.
Pier 43 1/2
San Francisco, Ca
Family New Year’s Eve Party at Playland
This is a great one for all generations. Ring in 2015 with carnival games, pinball, and classic arcade games. They’ll countdown to midnight in each time zone, so if you can’t hack it until 12 a.m. PST, no worries. They’ll also have a quiet room where the little ones can sleep if the rest of the fam isn’t ready to go.
December 31, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
10979 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito , Ca
Cost: $30/Ages 3 and up
New Year’s Eve Daytime Party at Lawrence Hall of Science
Get the partying done before nap time at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Starting at noon, they’ll celebrate the New Year for time zones around the world. And at 2 p.m., they’ll release hundreds of balloons!
December 31, noon-2 p.m.
1 Centennial Dr.
Cost: $12/Adults, $10/Ages 3-17
New Year’s Eve at Six Flags
What better way to honor the ups and downs of the past year than on a roller coaster? Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will be open until the clock strikes midnight! In addition to the rides, you can check out some of the special holiday lights, rock out to live music, and marvel at the midnight fireworks display!
December 31, 4 p.m.-midnight
1001 Fairgrounds Dr.
Cost: Tickets start at $46.99/Ages 2 and up
Noon Year’s Eve at the Children’s Discovery Museum
Celebrate the arrival of 2015 by counting down to noon across several time zones. The museum will host its own version of the Time’s Square Ball Drop.
December 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
80 Woz Way
San Jose , Ca
Cost: $12/Ages 1 and up, Free/Babies under 1
Ritz Kids New Year’s Eve Party
For the child with who likes the finer things in life, check out the party at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. The festivities will include movies, games, a special kid-buffet dinner and a sparkling cider toast at midnight. Recommended for children ages 4-14.
December 31, 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
1 Miramontes Point Rd.
Half Moon Bay, Ca
Cost: $125/child, $20 discount for siblings
Noon Year’s Eve at Hiller Aviation
The sky is the limit for fun at this celebration. The museum has an impressive line up events throughout the day, including not one, but TWO balloon drops at noon. There will also be plenty of live music, perfect for the family that wants to groove on into the new year.
December 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
601 Skyway Rd.
San Carlos, Ca
Cost: $14/Adults, $9/Ages 5-17, Free/Ages 4 and under (with paying adult)
Marin and Sonoma County
Noon Year’s Eve Festival at the Bay Area Discovery Museum
As if there isn’t already a ton to do here, on New Year’s Eve they’ll add bubbles, beads and music into the mix. Kids can make their very own crown and then watch a special ball drop at noon. Reserve your tickets online to get one of a limited number of party favor bags.
December 31, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
557 McReynolds Rd.
Sausalito , Ca
Cost: $12/Ages 1 and Up, $11/Babies 6-12 months
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown
Join Snoopy and the Peanuts gang for a very special celebration at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. If you’re feeling extra festive ring in the New Year twice- once at noon and again at 3pm. They’ll provide the bubbly- in the form of root beer!
December 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
2301 Hardies Ln.
Santa Rosa , Ca
Cost: $10/Adults, $5/Ages 4-17, Free/Under 4