New Year’s Eve with kids in Phoenix. How can 2020 be almost here? Another decade is almost upon us, and it’s worth celebrating! Here is a list of special New Year’s Eve (and weekend) events that the whole family can enjoy. Scroll down for at home ideas too!
New Year’s Eve Events
Children’s Museum of Phoenix – this special event at one of our favorite places has music and dancing and a balloon drop at noon.
Phoenix Zoo – play in the snow, tour the zoo, and stay for a noon ball drop with a cider and juice toast.
Skateland Mesa – ring in the new year on the roller rink and pizza, along with party favors and a balloon drop at this late afternoon event.
Skateland Chandler – ring in the new year on the roller rink and pizza, along with party favors and a balloon drop at this late afternoon event.
Jazzberry Jammin’ – ring in the New Year with colorful fun at Crayola Experience! Enjoy special food and beverages, Confetti Cannon Countdowns at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m, and more festive activities!
Scottsdale Moms and North Phoenix Moms Blog party – held at Arizona Sunrays, this day time event includes snacks and desserts, activities and a big celebration at noon.
Great Skate in Glendale – this Jan 1st event welcomes the whole family to skate and enjoy unlimited pizza!
Arizona Sports Complex – this FREE event is on Dec 28, with a crazy hat contest, food and drink for purchase, face painting, games and more.
Dave and Buster’s in Tempe – a buffet and more for family fun on NYE.
Golfland Sunsplash – more than mini golf, families can play laser tag, dance and celebrate at midnight with a balloon drop.
Westgate Noon Year’s Eve – there will be familiar character appearances at this FREE event, along with crafts, live music, and a confetti balloon drop at noon.
Yotes Family New Years Eve – the Pointe Hilton has an epic family event planned, with a dinner buffet, games, and more.
Uptown Jungle Avondale – 2hrs is play with pizza, craft and balloon drop at noon for the whole family.
Uptown Alley in Surprise – with a balloon drop at 7pm, families can bowl and play games too; the balloon drop includes over $3,000 in prizes.
The Great Pinecone Drop – for those heading north, check out the unique pinecone drop and other activities in Flagstaff!
Prescott Boot Drop – Prescott also hosts a fun boot drop, with food and music and more.
New Years Eve Activities
by Kim Gundykunst Ollerhead
I love the thought of spending time with my kids to celebrate New Years Eve. Seeing the joy of the countdown, sipping bubbly cider, games, dressing up, all kinds of fun! These days I may not be able to stay awake till midnight, so we will be doing Noon Years Eve. Here are some at home celebration ideas.
Noon Years Eve at home – Invite friends over and throw a 12 o clock party! Drink sparkling apple cider, make snacks, noise makers, glow sticks, hats, write down goals, sing songs. You can even close the curtains a few minutes before noon to make it dark!
Photo Booth – create a photo booth with props and take silly selfies or set up a tripod to film it! You can find cheap photo props at the Dollar Store and all kinds of places. Something sparkly for the backdrop adds some bling.
Dress Up – Dress up in your finest and dance around the house!
Noise Makers – whether you buy them or make them, make it loud!
Mocktails – Make a fancy drink for your kids and toast to the new year! Cotton Candy and carbonated water makes a fun and fascinating dissolving drink.
Balloon Clock – Blow up balloons and make your own clock. You can pop the balloons to count down the hours, the minutes, depending on the age of your kids.
Scavenger hunt – Hide new years themed items, or anything, around your house and make a list for the kids to find. Or go online and find a NYE themed one.
Resolutions – Write down your resolutions. You can share them, put them in a jar to read the next year, keep them hidden. So many things to do. This was one of my favorite traditions with my cousins growing up.
Bake – Cakes, cookies in the shape of numbers, cupcakes.
Wishes Wall – Use post its and stick them to the wall to create wishes and dreams for the upcoming year.
Celebrate with a different country – You can choose any country that celebrates during your kids waking hours! Decorations, food and music all to make it feel more authentic.
Games – Minute to win it games, board games, would you rather flash cards. Go online to print NYE Bingo