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2015 Orange County Family New Year’s Eve Events

Orange County Family New Year's Eve Events

New Year’s Eve isn’t just for adults this year. There are multiple family-friendly New Year’s Eve events happening around Orange County. Enjoy ringing in the New Year with your children at one of these fun family OC Events.


Discovery Cube OC
2500 N Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Join us this year for a special family-friendly New Year celebration at Discovery Cube OC!

This year’s festivities will take place in their state-of-the-art Showcase Theater, where guests can enjoy a Superhero Dance Party!

Other activities include:
– Countdowns & Balloon Drops (12pm & 2pm)
– Ginger Ale Toasts
– Green Screen Photo Booth Pictures
– Hats & Horns to help celebrate the new year!

Be sure to come dressed in your favorite superhero costume!


Bowers Kidseum
1802 N Main Street
Santa Ana, California 92706

Come celebrate the New Year with Bowers Kidseum! They will craft the day away with fun New Year’s themed projects.

In the Art Studio, kids will create hand-made reusable confetti poppers and colorful noisemakers that they can use at home during the real countdown. The kiddos will practice countdowns every hour on the hour, beginning at noon, to be ready for the New Year’s countdown. Kids can practice making as much noise as possible with their hand-crafted noise makers and practice shooting their confetti! In the Glow Cave, we will make glowing wish wands that will even glow in the dark when you take them home!

At 3:00pm, after the practice countdown and blasting of colorful confetti, there will be a balloon drop in the center of Kidseum!


Pretend City
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: 10am 12:00pm 2:00pm 4:00pm


1313 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802

Ring in the New Year with Mickey, Minnie, and all your favorite Disney characters. Create memorable memories with your children at the Happiest Place on Earth and ring in the New Year by watching the fireworks sparkle in the sky above Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.


Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90620

The countdown to the New Year is on at Knott’s Merry Farm! With special one-night-only entertainment, mesmerizing fireworks and extended hours, plus Knott’s signature rides and attractions, Knott’s New Year’s Eve celebration is the place for guests of all ages to ring in 2016.

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 2015. 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 is live entertainment throughout the park’s 160 acres. Adding to the line-up of can’t miss entertainment are:

Jumpin’ Joz Band and Memories Swing Dancers invite guests to jump and jive to the sounds of Jumpin’ Joz. Join them on the dance floor and boogie into the New Year. Guests have the opportunity to learn a few moves from expert swing dancers.

THE REFLEXX is the best 80’s new wave cover band, performing songs from bands such as: Depeche Mode, Simple Minds, Tears for Fears, New Order, A-Ha, The Cure, Duran Duran, Flock of Seagulls, Devo, and more.

DJ Howly’s eclectic mix of high energy music will transform Calico Square into the ultimate dance party where guests can also get a great view of the Midnight Fireworks Spectacular.

Family friendly Clean Comedian®, Taylor Hughes, brings his hilarious comedy, magic and fun audience interaction to Wagon Camp.

Midnight Fireworks Spectacular bring in the New Year with a bang. Look to the western skies for an aerial fireworks display that will amaze. And don’t miss the spectacular countdown to midnight on the Sky Cabin tower.

A New Year’s Eve celebration is not complete without a delicious meal. The New Year’s Eve buffet in Spurs Restaurant will be served from 4pm-9pm; prices are $34.99+tax for adults and $18.99+ tax for kids (3-11).



Los Angeles
MouseMingle Star Wars in Hollywood Event

Looking for the perfect celebration for mom and dad? MouseMingle is hosting an epic New Year’s night out that Disney fans will not want to miss. Although the event is hosted by MouseMingle, it is not just for singles and will be a great night out for couples, as well.

Star Wars at the World Famous El Capitan Theatre
Beginning at 8:30p, attendees will arrive at the legendary El Capitan Theatre, and once inside, the party kicks off with a VIP movie experience that includes reserved seating for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as an all-new Star Wars Laser Lightsaber Curtain Show, souvenir tub of popcorn and soft drink. Attendees will also be able to view exclusive props and costumes from the making of the movie.

After-party New Year’s Countdown
When the movie’s over, the fun doesn’t stop. You’ll head across the street to Madame Tussauds to dance the night away with a silent disco dance party atop the museum’s breathtaking roof-top deck overlooking historic Hollywood Boulevard. Rooftop Silent Disco Dance Party, hosted by HUSHconcerts

In addition, you’ll enjoy two free drinks per person* (must be 21 and over and able to show valid Photo ID to be served alcohol), appetizer and dessert buffets, themed photo opportunities, private viewing of Madame Tussauds Museum and a countdown at midnight cap off the fun! Also in attendance will be everyone’s favorite Disney Legend, Bob Gurr.

Tickets now available
Tickets for this MouseMeet are $100 per person for the general public – but, create a profile and you’ll get $25 off the ticket price! members can purchase tickets for $75 each by calling 800-DISNEY6 with your email address.

This won’t be just another New Year’s Eve party; it will be the way to ring in 2016 for Star Wars and Disney fans looking to meet others with their shared passions.


Hard Rock Cafe
Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd.
6801 Hollywood Blvd

Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Blvd. is hosting a festive, family-friendly NYE party with live band karaoke! The family-friendly event will include live band karaoke with Casual Encounters Karaoke Band and NYE party favors starting at 8:30pm to midnight.

Admission: FREE


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