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Best New Year’s Eve Activities for Kids and Families

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If you’ve got the little ones in tow this New Year’s Eve, why not head out to a family friendly New Year’s celebration? There’s lots of fun to be had in Puget Sound ringing in 2013!

Tacoma Children’s Museum
Monday, December 31
10:00am – 5:00pm
1501 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, Washington 98402
253.627.6031
http://www.playtacoma.org

Come join the parade through the Museum at 12:00pm and then once again every hour all day! Make noisemakers, “sparklers”, and share your “I Wish” resolutions for 2013 on a collaborative board. Pay As You Will admission.

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

Put a little culture in your life and welcome 2013 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. Call 206.215.4747 for more information. Tickets available online.

New Years Countdown
Monday, December 31
10:00am – 5:00pm
Seattle Children’s Museum
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
206.441.1768
http://www.www.thechildrensmuseum.org

Count down to the New Year EVERY HOUR at Seattle Children’s Museum! Celebrate the new year around the globe. Each hour there will be a ‘toast’ (with fruit juice) to the new year and exploration of New Year Traditions around the world. Each hour a different country will be highlighted – India, Russia, Madagascar, Greece, France and Morocco!

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

First Night is Tacoma’s New Year’s Eve festival, 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. Face painting for kids, art activities, puppet shows, a parade, live entertainment, and more. Your First Night Button gains you free admission to 2 downtown Tacoma Museums until 5:00pm on Dec. 31, 2012: Tacoma Museum of Glass and Children’s Museum of Tacoma! Plus, FREE skate rental all day on Dec 31, 2012 at Tacoma’s downtown ice skating rink, Franciscan Polar Plaza! In addition, you get access to all stages at night! What a deal! Purchase buttons and get more details online.

New Year’s Eve Daytime & Nighttime Parties
Monday, December 31
10:00am – 5:00pm – Daytime Party
6:00pm – 9:00pm – Nighttime Party
Imagine Children’s Museum
1502 Wall Street
Everett, WA 98201
425.258.1006
http://www.imaginecm.org

Come to the Daytime Party at Imagine Children’s Museum, with celebrations every hour and a special guest performance by Gansango Music & Dance at 2:00pm. All activities and fun are included with your museum admission price. Or, you might choose to come to the “Family Night to Remember” at Imagine Children’s Museum starting at 6:00pm. There will be live entertainment and a special New Year’s Eve “ball drop” at 9:00pm. Tickets start at $10/person. Purchase online.

Celebration Lane
Monday, December 31
7:00pm
Downtown Bellevue, WA
425.454.8096
http://www.magicseason.com

Ring in the New Year in Bellevue with Celebration Lane, featuring new festive performances and music worth celebrating. The show happens outside along the sidewalks of Bellevue Way and NE 8th Street. See dazzling lights, magical snow, and hear music and dramatic drumming from live toy soldiers!

TechCity Bowl New Year’s Eve Party
Monday, December 31
8:00pm – 10:30pm
13033 NE 70th Place
Kirkland, WA 98033
425.827.0785 EXT 113
http://www.techcitybowl.com

Come for TechCity’s Family New Year’s Eve Party! Great for kids, teens and adults, there’s a live DJ, fog machine, party favors and a cider toast at 9:00pm! Free shoe rental, and only $99/lane for up to 8 people. Call for reservations.

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