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2014 New Year’s Eve Family Events in Orange County

New Year's Eve Family Events
Happy New Year! Families in Orange County don’t have to spend the day at home on New Year’s Eve. There are multiple fun events for families to enjoy throughout Orange County on New Year’s Eve.


New Year’s Eve Family Fireworks Cruise
Long Beach Harbor

Family, fun and fireworks all culminate in this spectacular evening cruise on the waters of Long Beach Harbor.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Boarding at 7:30pm
Fireworks show at 9:00pm
Back to dock after firework show


Huntington Beach Splash and Pancake Breakfast
Huntington Beach Pier
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Ring in the New Year in grand Surf City style

9:00 am
Registration / Check-in
$5 Pancake Breakfast (until 11:00 am)

10:30 am
Costume Judging & Award

11:00 am
Welcome the New Year by splashing into the ocean!

($30 on day of event)
includes: t-shirt, breakfast, certificate of participation
proceeds benefit the International Surfing Museum & local school surf clubs

Costume Categories
$50 Prizes
Best New Year Theme
Most Sparkly
Best Surfing Theme
Group Prize (3 or more in group)
$100 Prize
Most Original Surfing Themed

Don’t want to Splash?
Your $20 donation will get you a
T-shirt, breakfast & Certificate of Sanity

Register here or in person at the Museum
(download mail in registration here)
411 Olive Ave


Pretend City Noon-Year’s Confetti Countdown
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

Specifically for: Infants (birth – 12 months), Young Toddler (12-24 months), Toddlers (2-4 years), Preschoolers (4-5 years); Grown-ups

Twas’ the day before New Year’s and all through the city the citizens are stirring and buzzing about! With sparkling streamers and festive party hats this is one celebration you won’t want to miss. Activities of the day will include:

Sensational Story Time: Twas’ the Night Before New Year’s will be the featured story of the day. See if your little can find some inspiration to stay awake until the strike of the New Year!
Smart Art: New Year’s Resolution – This colorful art project will be your opportunity to create a family new year’s resolution. This promise will be one that you make to your family as a whole to be better and help others.
Music & Movement: New Year’s Eve Confetti Countdown- This countdown is for the kids! Countdown the new year and celebrate every two-hours beginning at noon with a special rockin’ rollin’ dance party! Streamers, blowouts, noise makers, and confetti will make this the party of all parties!
Confetti Countdown: 12:00p.m. 2:00p.m. 4:00p.m.
Play Partner: Pretendgineers and Brain Builders; our experienced stage staff of trained early childhood and development educators.

Grown-up Tip: When your child sees the New Year’s Eve ball and asks, “What’s that?” don’t give a quick answer. Try asking: “what do you think it is?” Explore the object together using descriptive words to determine what it is. This allows your child to experiment with ideas and use critical thinking skills. They will get a thrill once they see the clock strike midnight and the ball light up. Explain to them the symbolism of the ball drop and if you don’t know it yourself – look it up and learn together!

RSVP: Not Required

Fee: Included with admission


Discovery Science Center Noon Year’s Eve
2500 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Celebrate the New Year at Discovery Cube’s “Noon Year’s Eve” party! Ring in 2015 with a countdown, hats, streamers, and a ginger ale toast. Party while the sun is still up with kids and parents while also taking part in learning stations themed around celebrating the coming New Year.

Attire: Come dressed as your favorite superhero, kids and parents too!

Activities include:

Superhero Photos – Take superhero green screen photos, and download them online.
Hollywood Stage – Add your own sound effects to a Hollywood movie.
Animation Station – Make your own superhero animation movie.
Storyboarding – Draw your own action scene storyboard and learn the science that goes into it.
Dance Party – Our DJ will be spinning live music all day!
Confetti Blast Countdown Celebration – Countdowns begin every hour!
Hats and Horns -Guests will be given hats and horns to celebrate the Noon Year.
Ginger Ale or Apple Juice Toast -Don’t miss our toast at 12pm!
Learning Stations include:

Alka Seltzer Rocket – Witness a chemical reaction and watch gas expand, causing a canister to pop and fly in the air!
Tambourines – Create a tambourine out of paper plates and beans, while learning about sound.
Time Zone – Learn about the different time zones around the world.


Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90630

Knott’s is open from 10:00 am – 1:00 am and the New Year’s Eve Celebration is included with regular daytime admission. Show Times.

Special one-night-only entertainment serves up family fun for a variety of ages and interests, including a family friendly comedian, salsa dancing and more! Count down the New Year with festive music, party hats, noisemakers, friends and family. Knott’s Sky Cabin, towering over 200 ft. in the air, will dramatically rise to the top of the “K” tower as special lighting effects help countdown the final moments of 2014. When the cabin reaches the top at the stroke of midnight both the “K” tower and skies above Knott’s will be ablaze with colorful fireworks!

There’s live entertainment everywhere you turn. Adding to the line-up of can’t miss performers are:
• Krazy Kirk & The Hillbillies! From the deep country hills of Anaheim, these boys will have toes tappin’ hands clappin’ and guts bustin’ during the best darn musical comedy show ever performed in the historic Bird Cage Theatre.

• The Clueless Remix is a non-stop live music adventure where old school R&B meets new school dance & hip hop. And before The Clueless Remix takes the stage, DJ Howly spins popular high energy music in the Calico Square.

• Salsa Dancing with DJ JC invites you to show off your dance moves at Fiesta Plaza and groove to the beat of this spicy music scene that’s Hot, Hot, Hot! Snoopy will also make a special cameo and show off his paw-tastic dance moves.

• Family friendly comedian, Adam Christing, brings his hilarious comedy, magic and fun audience interaction to Ghost Town’s Wagon Camp.

A New Year’s Eve celebration is not complete without a delicious meal, and Knott’s has just what you need. The New Year’s Eve buffet in Spurs Restaurant will be served from 4pm-9pm; prices are $26.99+tax for adults and $14.99+ tax for kids (3-11).

This New Year’s Eve, round out a full day of family fun on the Farm with Knott’s Merry Farm’s festive lineup of entertainment, delectable foods and holiday shopping! Guests won’t want to miss:

• Merry Christmas, Snoopy! in this exciting new show filled with whimsy and spectacular skating, Snoopy enjoys all of the best parts of the season, including trimming the Christmas tree, awaiting Santa’s arrival, and attending the festive Christmas Ball!

• When the sun sets on the Farm, the buildings and paths in Ghost Town’s Main Street will be filled with snow and glow! Thousands of sparking lights will dance to the beat of familiar holiday music while snow gently falls in this spectacular one-of-a-kind moment each night.

• The Ghost Town and Calico Railroad will once again invite guests to celebrate Christmas on Engine 41. Climb aboard a vintage railcar and meet an ever-changing group of Ghost Town residents eager to share their Christmas plans.

• Another nighttime tradition at Knott’s Merry Farm is Snoopy’s Merriest Tree Lighting show on the Calico Square Stage. This whimsical tree lighting features a cast of marching toy soldiers, dancing snowmen, and America’s most famous beagle, Snoopy!

• Over in Camp Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus and Lucy invite you to dance, sing and join in on the holiday fun in the live show, Lucy’s Wish List in the Camp Snoopy Theatre.

• In the intimate setting of Ghost Town’s historic Bird Cage Theatre, catch a live performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol or O. Henry’s A Gift of the Magi.

• Savor the ultimate comfort foods with Knott’s world-famous holiday treats. Santa’s Christmas Cabin serves up holiday delights like Santa’s homemade cookies, mouthwatering pastries, winter wine, craft beer, and more. Guests can also enjoy the fresh made-to-order maple lollipops in Ghost Town, churros from the Churro Factory, cakes, cookies, muffins and gingerbread men in the Farm Bakery, as well as the legendary cooking at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.

• Relax and unwind in Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village, as Ghost Town transforms into a shopping wonderland filled with dozens of local artisans selling their unique gifts. Can’t-miss highlights of the Village include powerful chainsaw sculpting and elegant glass blowing demonstrations.


Back Bay Bistro New Year’s Eve Brunch
1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660


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