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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 noise makers and ring in the new year with these stellar New Year’s events tailored for kids and families around the Seattle area!

Seattle New Year’s Eve at the Space Needle

If you’ve got older kids (or ones that like to stay up really really late), celebrations at the Space Needle might be an event for your family. At the base of the 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 8:30 p.m.

Seattle New Year’s Eve at Mount Baker Community Club: Kindiependent

Rock on out for New Year’s Eve at Mount Baker Community Club, enjoying a concert with The Harmonica Pocket. Head on over at 10 a.m. with the show starting at 10:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online.

Date: December 31

Time: 10:30 a.m.

New Year’s Eve at KidsQuest

Join the staff at KidsQuest Museum in Bellevue for an all-day celebration to ring in 2023! Various activities will happen every hour. Face painting, story time, and some 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:
Fireworks science, 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 (Virtual Program)

Join in on this free virtual event from the comfort of your own home! Hosted by Diana Cardiff with music from Mikey the Rad Scientist, kids will learn some interesting facts about the animals at the Seattle Aquarium, dance to some music and ring in the noon year! Register online to get the YouTube link. If you’d like to see last year’s event, take a look at the Seattle Aquarium website.

Date: December 31

Time: 11:30 a.m


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

Enjoy a memorable day in your PJs at the Seattle Children’s Museum. Join a dance party, fill a time capsule, and count down to noon! Free with admission or membership

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 is packed with plenty of activities for little ones. A noon countdown, ball drop, a parade, meetings with a princess- the whole family will be entertained! Free with admission or membership.

Date: December 31

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


Burning Boat Festival, Des Moines

Date: Dec. 31

Time: 6 p.m.-midnight

The First Annual Des Moines Burning Boat Festival will be held at the Des Moines Beach Park on New Year’s Eve, 2022. It is a fundraiser to raise money to help with mental health services and substance use disorder treatment. 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 being built by students at Maritime High School and set ablaze at midnight to ring in the New Year.


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