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Guide to Kid Friendly New Year’s Eve Activities

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Sometimes it’s tough for the little ones to stay up past midnight. Thankfully, the Puget Sound has some great family-friendly “raise the roof” activities on New Year’s Eve!

First Night Tacoma
December 31, 2011
Downtown Tacoma
http://www.firstnighttacoma.org

Celebrating the Year of the Dragon, First Night is Tacoma’s New Year’s Eve festival! It’s an all-ages family friendly celebration held in Downtown Tacoma’s theater district. The affordable admission price includes museums, music, art, drama, dance, and a whole day and night of activities. Celebrating art, life, and a little bit of bravery in downtown Tacoma! Your First Night Button gains you free admission to 3 downtown Tacoma Museums all day on December 31, 2011 including the Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum and The Washington History Museum. And for the FIRST time, your button will get you a discounts for Ice Skate rentals at Polar Plaza! In addition, you get access to all stages at night! What a deal! Click HERE for information and to purchase First Night Buttons!

New Year’s Eve at Seattle Center
Saturday, Dec. 31
8:00pm
Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.seattlecenter.com

Live music, holiday cheer and fireworks from the Space Needle at midnight.

New Year’s Eve Concert & Countdown with the Seattle Symphony
Saturday, December 31
9:00pm
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.215.4747
http://www.seattlesymphony.org

Welcome 2012 with the Seattle Symphony! Start your evening with Beethoven’s mighty Ninth Symphony — featuring his famous “Ode to Joy” finale. Then, hail the New Year with a post-concert countdown and celebration. Pre-concert dinner also available. Call 206.215.4747 for more information.

Count Down to the New Year Again and Again
The Children’s Museum, Seattle
Saturday, December 31
10:00am – 6:00pm

The Children’s Museum, Seattle has a solution for you and it will delight the young and young at heart. On December 31st, guests at the Museum can count down to the New Year every hour as 2012 arrives around the globe.

New Year’s at Noon
Saturday, Dec 31
12:00pm
KidsQuest Museum
4091 Factoria Mall SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
425.637.8100
http://www.kidsquestmuseum.org

Join us at noon on December 31st for KidsQuest’s Noon New Year! Create a fabulous crown and make a noisemaker. Then join in the Bubble Wrap Stomp to ring in the new year!

Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Daytime Party
Saturday, Dec. 31
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Imagine Children’s Museum
1502 Wall St.
Everett, WA 98201
425.258.1006
http://www.imaginecm.org

Celebrate New years’s Around the world with music and dance. Make party accessories: 2012 glasses, crazy hats, party poppers, noise makers and MORE!

Noon Year’s Eve Party
Saturday, Dec. 31
10:00am – 3:00pm
Hands On Children’s Museum
106 11th Ave. S.W.
Olympia, WA 98501
360.956.0818
http://www.hocm.org

Dress for a ‘Snow Ball’ and make a Confetti Cup to celebrate the new year at noon! Explore melting icebergs, do the Snowball Roll & Ice Block Knock Down/ Make Mitten Clips & Penguin Puppets. Explore cool Ice Crystals with Dr. Science! Enjoy treats from Elyse’s Catering and more.

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