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Seattle-area New Year’s Eve fun for families

Toast the arrival of the new year in kid-friendly style

Pop some sparkling juice, bring out the noisemakers and ring in the new year with these stellar New Year’s events tailored for kids and families around the Seattle area!

T-Mobile New Year’s Eve at the Needle

If you’ve got older kids (or ones that like to stay up really really late), celebrations at Seattle Center might be an event for your family. At the Armory and above the Space Needle, watch the skies for fireworks, lights and a drone display! Want to stay out of the cold, watch the celebration on TV on KING 5.

Date: December 31

Time: 11:35 p.m. but music and other festivities start at 10 p.m. inside the Armory at Seattle Center.

New Year’s Eve at KidsQuest

Join the staff at KidsQuest Museum in Bellevue for an all-day celebration to ring in 2024! Various activities will happen every hour. Face painting, storytime, and some bubble-popping action! Tickets are required, and families can reserve times at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., or 4 p.m. to celebrate.

Date: December 31

Time: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


Noon Year’s Event at KiDiMu:
New Year’s crafts and a countdown to noon! Free with admission or membership.

Date: December 31

Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Rockin’ Rockfish Noon Year’s Eve

Join in on this free event from the comfort of your own home! Join the dance party with music from Mikey the Rad Scientist, and get ready to ring in the noon year! Register online to get the YouTube link or if you’re headed to the Aquarium, don’t miss the in-person watch party. Meet the animals, learn some interesting facts and more! Admission to the watch party is included with museum admission. If you want to celebrate in person, you can watch party at the Seattle Aquarium as an addition to your admission. Tickets can be bought here.

Date: December 31

Time: 11:30 a.m


New Year’s Eve Pajama Party at the Seattle Children’s Museum

Enjoy a memorable day at the Seattle Children’s Museum in your favorite pajamas. Ring in 2024 with noisemakers, poppers, a glow-in-the-dark dance party and more!  Purchase your tickets online.

Date: December 31

Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Hands On Children’s Museum’s Noon Year’s Eve Party

The Hands on Children’s Museum has plenty of activities for little ones. A noon countdown, ball drop, a bubble dance party, arts and plenty of magic- the whole family will be entertained! This is a popular one-day event, tickets can be purchased online.

Date: December 31

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Fossil Finders: It’s about time! New Year’s Eve Party

Enjoy fossilized fun at five drop-in stations for young learners ages 3–8. Hold fossils and casts at the touch table, make scientific discoveries in the dig pit, create a craft to take home, and collect a new stamp each month in your Fossil Finders Passport. Join the  Museum’s Noon Year’s Eve countdown and dino dance party too. Admission to this event is included in the price of museum admission.

Date: December 31

Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.


Burning Boat Festival, Des Moines

The Des Moines Burning Boat Festival will be held at the Des Moines Beach Park on New Year’s Eve, 2023. It is a fundraiser to raise money to help students of the Highline School District who are experiencing homelessness. This family-friendly event will include fire pits, hot cocoa and more. Attendees will be asked to write down a wish, or a goal or something they want to let go of. These notes will be tossed into a special boat built by students at Maritime High School and set ablaze at midnight to ring in the New Year.

Date: Dec. 31

Time: 6 p.m.-midnight


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