Ring in the New Year with your family and friends at one of these fun events in Southern California! There are plenty of things to do for New Year’s in California with kids, so you’re guaranteed to find something everyone will enjoy. From fireworks shows to dance parties, these New Year’s Eve events are sure to get you excited for 2024!
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Things To Do For New Year’s in Southern California with Kids
Head to Burton Chace Park for one of the best New Year’s Eve celebrations for families. The event features two fireworks shows, one at 9pm for the early birds and another at midnight. Arrive early for the family-friendly glow party that features a live DJ, face painting, photo booth, food vendors, and more. You’re guaranteed a fun evening for the entire family.
Location: Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanoa Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
At Shoreline Village, welcome the New Year with one of the best parties in town. The celebration includes a spectacular fireworks display, DJ dance music, a live local band, a kids countdown, and more! And the best part is, this New Year’s Eve party is free!
Location: 401-435 Shoreline Village Dr., Long Beach, CA 90802
Looking for a great place to welcome 2024 with your young tots? Head to the Discovery Cube, where you can ring in the New Year and make it home long before your toddler’s bedtime. The special event includes a balloon drop at noon and 3pm, a dance floor with a live DJ, and an apple cider or ginger ale toast. Guests can also enjoy a little science project and make their own sparklers.
Location: 11800 Foothill Blvd Sylmar, CA 91342
Join the rocking New Year’s celebration in downtown LA’s Grand Park. This family-friendly, free event features live music, massive light displays, LA’s best food trucks, and more.
Location: Grand Park, 210 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA, 90012
A theme park is always among the best places to ring in the new year. Universal Studios has everything you could ask for in a family-friendly celebration, including fireworks, themed parties featuring a dance floor at various spots throughout the park, photo ops, and, of course, all the rides!
Location: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Speaking of theme parks, you can’t beat an evening of Disney to ring in 2024! Whether you visit Disneyland or Disney California Adventure, you’ll be treated to special events, tasty treats of all kinds, and all the usual Mouse House magic. Book a hotel and keep the fun going for New Year’s Day.
Location: Disneyland Resort, 1313 Harbor Blvd. Anaheim, CA 92802
Skate into the new year like a king! The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice, presented by Coca-Cola®, is back at LA Live for 2023. The outdoor ice rink outside the Crypto.com Arena is open till midnight on December 31.
Location: LA Live, 800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Step inside the magical adventures of Disney’s Frozen and Encanto as they are brought to life like never before at Disney On Ice! Experience a fun-filled New Year full of wondrous performances and close-up character encounters.
Location: Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 300 E Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90802
Ring in the new year in spectacular Temecula style with the famed Grape Drop! 2023 will be celebrated twice with a West Coast (midnight) and an East Coast (nine o’clock) countdown. On New Year’s Eve, there will be live music, food trucks, and kiddie activities at the Grape Drop. The Free Fun Zone will be accessible from 6:00 to 10:00.
Location: 41000 Main St., Temecula, CA 92590
Join in the swashbuckling fun as the Pirates Take Christmas! Pirates Dinner Adventure offers live entertainment, delicious food, and family-friendly fun. Would-be pirates of all ages take part in an action-packed supper performance that is interactive and guaranteed wanna fill you up and give you tales to tell! Enjoy a lavish pirate feast while seeing outstanding swordplay, aerial talent, and acrobatics.
Location: 7600 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA
The Pretend City Children’s Museum hosts an all-day New Year’s Eve celebration. The museum celebrates throughout the day as several time zones ring in the new year. To make the new year the greatest, kids can play and enjoy several different activities and plenty of confetti, streamers, and noisemakers.
Location: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA, 92618
On New Year’s Eve, LEGOLAND California hosts a kid-friendly event with a LEGO ball drop, party hats, and fireworks. Everything is finished in plenty of time for the kids to get home in time for bed.
Location: One Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Head to the LA Zoo for an all-ages celebration to ring in the new year. In addition to express entry into the LA Zoo’s seasonal light display, you’ll enjoy a New Year’s Eve dinner buffet with soft drinks and dessert, a carousel ride, a DJ dance party, games, and a live broadcast of the Times Square ball drop. Champagne and apple cider are provided as part of the welcome package for adults and guests to toast the new year.
Location: 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027