Family Friendly New Year's Eve Events in Marin and the Bay Area

December 30, 2017

New Year's Even Bell Ringing Asian Art MuseumWelcome in the New Year by ringing a 16th-century Japanese temple bell at the Asian Art Museum.

Say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in the New Year at one of these family friendly events taking place in Marin and elsewhere in the Bay Area. Many of these celebrations take place earlier in the day or evening on December 31 so little ones can get a taste of New Year's Eve fun without staying up past their bedtimes. Unless otherwise noted, all these events take place on New Year's Eve, Sunday, December 31, 2017.

  • Noon Year's Eve
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    , Sausalito
    9 am–2 pm
    Ring in the New Year with your little ones at the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Noon Year’s Eve! This kid-friendly affair includes music by DJ Mancub, a celebratory ball drop at noon, dancing, and various art activities like glitter crown and chandelier making. In addition, enjoy access to the museum’s indoor and outdoor exhibits like Lookout Cove and Bay Hall. For more info, visit their website.
  • Annual Japanese New Year's Bell Ringing Ceremony
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    9:30–2 pm

    Ring in the New Year by taking a swing at a giant 2,100-pound, 16th-century, Japanese temple bell at the Asian Art Museum. Participants may take turns ringing the museum’s bronze bell to leave behind any unfortunate experiences, regrettable deeds, and ill luck of the previous year. Museum members get to ring from 9:30 am–11:30 am; everyone else can join in a 11:30. First come, first served. Pick up tickets to ring the bell at the admission desk. Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!
    Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
    10 am
    4 pm
    Ring in the New Year with Snoopy, a balloon drop, and root beer toasts at noon and 3 pm. Enjoy hands-on activities for kids! Featuring Santa Rosa's only up-down and baby balloon drops. The Charles M. Schulz Museum is located at 2301 Hardies Lane in Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • New Year's Eve Balloon Drop
    Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland
    11 am–4:30 pm
    Ring in the New Year without staying up all night! Come to Chabot and celebrate strokes of midnight from around the world at 11 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm! Kids count down and catch hundreds of colorful balloons as they drop from the ceiling and participate in fun activities to receive a special prize. Now the kids can ring in the New Year without staying up past their bedtime! Balloon drops divided by age group. Cost: $5 after museum admission. Space is limited, call (510) 336-7373 or visit online to reserve your spot. For more infomation, visit their website.
  • New Year's Eve Day Party
    Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley
    11 am, 1 & 3 pm
    Bring the whole family to the Hall on New Year’s Eve day! Ring in another year of scientific discovery and fun at the Hall's annual New Year’s Eve balloon drop celebration. There will be three timed and ticketed balloon drops, at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm. Pre-registration is required. Free with admission. For more info and to register, visit their website.
  • Bouncy Ball New Year
    Downtown Novato

    Everyone is invited to Downtown Novato to celebrate the New Year by watching 18,000 small bouncy balls get dropped onto the street from a ladder truck 40 ft high in the air. This event is free to attend and will take place rain or shine. All kids will get a souvenir “hard hat” and can keep as many bouncy balls as they can get their hands on. If you’re worrying you won’t be able to stay awake until midnight to celebrate 2018, this event is perfect for you. Event website
  • New Year's Eve Seashore Sleepover
    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    6 pm–8:30 am
    Ring in the New Year with the entire family (ages 5 and up) at the Monterey Bay Aquarium! This special New Year's Eve event features a sundae bar and a sparkling cider toast at 9 pm to celebrate the New Year on East Coast time, and there will be fun family activities and programs for a night of celebration! Wake up with the fishes on New Year's Day, enjoy a full breakfast in the cafe, then join aquarium naturalists in watching wildlife from the Great Tide Pool deck. $125 per person, reservations required. For more info and to register, visit their website.
  • A Family Friendly New Year's Eve Party
    Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, El Cerrito
    8 pm–12:30 am

    Playland throws a New Year's celebration the entire family can enjoy! There will be a "quiet room" for sleepy young partiers and countdowns for each American time zone (Eastern through Pacific) with sparkling cider provided as well as a few live magic shows. Play pinball, carnival games, and arcade games, too! Guests pay one low price to enter and play all night: $30 for everyone ages 3 and up (no reservations required). Guests are welcome to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Location: 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito. For more info, visit their website.
  • New Year's Eve Fireworks Celebration on the Bay
    Ferry Building near Pier 14, San Francisco
    11:30 pm

    Celebratory fireworks will launch from barges located 1,000 feet out in the Bay near Pier 14 (at Mission Street and the Embarcadero). Prime viewing spots will be south of the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero between Mission and Folsom Street or up high on one of the hills or upper Market Street.