Wanna celebrate New Year’s with your family? Check out these family friendly New Year’s events.



Austin’s New Year at Auditorium Shores -> Probably the biggest event you’ll find for the evening, Austin’s New Year takes place on Auditorium Shores and kicks off at 5 pm. Enjoy music from Groundwork Music Orchestra, Gina Chavez, the Flying Balalaika Brothers, Wino Vino and more, playing on two stages from 5 – 10 pm. You can also check out interactive art installations, performances and creative activities throughout the night from Austin Bike Zoo and Sky Candy. The night will wrap up with a ginormous fireworks finale at 10 pm. Food trucks like Chi’lantro, Boomerang’s, Thomas’s Gourmet Hot Dogs and Tiff’s Treats will be on site as well. This is a free event, check our listing for info on parking.

Noon Year’s Eve at Pinballz Arcade -> From 10:30 am – 12 pm, kids can party down at Pinballz Arcade with games and crafts. There will be a crafting table set up for children to make and decorate their own projects to take home. Pinballz will provide snacks, supplies and $5 in arcade tokens. The fun will wrap up with a balloon drop at noon in the arcade lobby, with surprises in each balloon! Cost is $7 per child, sign up at Pinballz or call 512-420-TILT.

New Year’s Eve Day Party at Austin’s Park N Pizza -> From 11 am – 9 pm, bring the family to Austin’s Park N Pizza for party favors, face painting and balloon drops with great prizes at 2 and 6 pm. Kids can ride the new roller coaster, the new swings and all other attractions, AND grub on the unlimited buffet. Kids 36 – 44 inches will cost $10 and guests over 44 inches will cost $19.95.

Noon Year’s Eve at the Round Rock Library -> From 11 am – 12:30 pm, ages 3 and up are welcome to party at the Round Rock Library for New Year’s Eve. There will be a craft, a short movie and celebrations as the littles ring in the new year at noon. Free!

New Year’s Eve at Main Event -> Head to Main Event for bowling, billiards, laser tag, arcade games and more and ring in 2014 with one of three different packages. These FUNpasses will get you unlimited laser jam bowling, free party favors (while supplies last), billiards, laser tag and more.

  • New Year’s Eve, 9 am – 4 pm -> $17.95 per person
  • New Year’s Eve, 4 pm – close -> $21.95 per person
  • New Year’s Day, all day -> $15.95 per person

Zap Into the New Year Lock-In at Blazer Tag -> This isn’t until Friday, January 3, but for kids 13 and up, this lock-in at Blazer Tag is pretty primo. Check in is at 11 pm on Friday, January 3, pick up is 7 am on Saturday, January 4. All night, kids can enjoy unlimited laser tag, trivia, dance parties, contests, giveaways and prizes. $21.95 per person, get your tickets here.

— See a FREE MOVIE at various Alamo Drafthouse locations! Get there 30 minutes early, these are first come first serve.

— Check out the Christmas Lights you may have missed, and don’t forget to stop by the Zilker Tree!

— Go Ice Skating on the Plaza at Whole Foods Market Downtown for $10 per person from 11 am – 9 pm.


Are you looking to party WITHOUT the kids?

— Sign them up for the New Year’s Eve Overnighter at the CHASCO Family YMCA (K – 8th grade) or the Twin Lakes YMCA (ages 8 – 14). Cost is $55 for non members and $45 for members. Kids will have their own fun from 6 pm New Year’s Eve until 8 am New Year’s Day, with dinner & breakfast included. Kids can enjoy laser tag, dodgeball, games, prizes, a dance party and other activities. Call or stop by to register. CHASCO: 512-246-9622, Twin Lakes: 512-250-9622.

DAZZLE 2014 at Holiday Inn Midtown is a NYE Party for you, with a separate party for the kids from 8 pm – 1 am. Adults can enjoy a live band, beats from DJ Anupi, dinner and champagne for $65 per person, while kids enjoy their own entertainment for $40 per child (ages 2 – 10), kids under 2 are free. Get your tickets here.

— There are still a few spots open for the Fantastic Magic Camp Lock-In that starts at 3 pm on New Year’s Eve and lasts until 10 am New Year’s Day. Kids will have a whole night of magic, juggling, puppetry, games, clowning and more for just $65. If you sign up for the Lock-In, you will be required to register for at least one day of the Fantastic Magic Camp Winter Break Camp. Register now!

Happy New Year!