Kid-Friendly New Year's Events

Got kids? Don't worry–we found some family-friendly celebrations in San Diego, Carlsbad and Coronado.

Whether you can’t find a babysitter or just want to hang out with the whole family on New Year’s Eve, Patch has got you covered.

A night usually reserved for some adult fun (complete with adult beverages), New Year’s Eve can be a tough holiday to spend with the kids. Luckily, there are some options Saturday within San Diego that are family-friendly and may even free up some alone time for you and your significant other come midnight.

Here are four picks for kid-friendly events for the end of 2011. Click on the links for additional details and location information.

The New Children’s Museum

Set a day before New Year’s Eve, this event gives kids a chance to have their own celebration and leave Saturday night open for adults.

Music and dancing will be happening throughout the day, with performances by Pink Army, Rhythm Child, Clint Perry & the Boo Hoo Crew, Studio FX, San Diego Guild of Puppetry, and more. The kids-only party is from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and is free with museum admission ($10).


Legoland is the ultimate kid-zone anyway, and come Dec. 31, kids can have some NYE fun of their own at the park made of bricks.

Legoland is cutting parents a break and having a special “brick-dropping” ceremony for the kiddos at “midnight” (which is really 6 p.m.) so the kids can get home early and to bed. There also will be fireworks, a concert and lots o’ legos.

Tickets cost $62-$72 and can be bought here. After the kids have their celebration at Legoland, the parents still have time to go out and have their own fun. .

The Sheraton is known for their annual family fun-filled New Year’s Eve bash.

The party starts at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 with fireworks from nearby Legoland. There will be a dinner buffet with both adult- and kid-friendly food and drinks. A '80s cover band will provide musical entertainment and there will be a kid-countdown at 9 p.m. (while they watch the ball drop on the East Coast) and an adult toast at midnight.

Tickets cost $55-$115. today to ensure a spot!

Mistral at Loews Coronado Bay Resort

The kids and parents can both enjoy a New Year’s Eve dinner.

Adults can enjoy live entertainment with a five-course prix fixe menu, with optional additional wine pairings for $95. Kids can settle down in the Kids Club anytime between 6 p.m.-1 a.m. for some fun and games, plus dinner. Kid pricing is $15 an hour or $80 for the night, including dinner.

Make your reservations for you and the kids by calling 619-424-4000 ext. 6300.

Deanne Goodman December 30, 2011 at 04:16 PM
There is also a Boomers! NYE bash for kids in Vista. Info is on Patch here: http://patch.com/E-jPjG
Jennifer Vigil December 30, 2011 at 10:12 PM
Thanks for updating, Deanne!


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