Looking for something fun to do on New Year’s Eve? You can take the kids for a balloon drop, arcade games, jumping fun, fireworks and more! Ring in 2019 in style with your little ones in tow at one of these many family-friendly celebrations!

Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events:

Austin’s New Year 2018 @ Vic Mathias Shores
Dec. 31, 3 – 10:30 p.m.
Ring in the New Year with a free, fun and family-friendly celebration at Vic Mathias Shores with his year’s event will feature great music on 2 stages from 15 local and regional bands including Superfónicos and Los Coast. The New Year’s Eve event, hosted by the City of Austin, kicks off at 3 p.m. culminating with a fireworks extravaganza at 10 p.m.

Noon(ish) Year’s Eve Balloon Drop & Bubble Wrap Stomp @ Thinkery
Dec. 31, balloon drops at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Head to Thinkery for the third annual Noon(ish) Year’s Eve Balloon Drop & Bubble Wrap Stomp! hird annual Noon(ish) Year’s Eve Balloon Drop & Bubble Wrap Stomp! They’ll be hosting two different celebration times to ring in the New Year; 9am-noon (drop & stomp at 11am) and 1-4pm (drop & stomp at 3pm). Each limited capacity Noon(ish) Year’s Eve celebration will include three simultaneous balloon drops and bubble wrap stomps; two downstairs for young revelers of all ages and one upstairs exclusively for toddler revelers. All party-goers can enjoy music, winter crafts, engineer your own noise makers, enter the Texas “snowball” arena, and experience special performances during each 3-hour celebration. Click here for additional details and tickets.

Family Fun starts early for the little ones! Photo from Thinkery

Last Storytime of 2018 @ BookPeople
Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m.
The kids team has chosen their favorite books of 2018 — hear which ones made the cut! Make New Year resolutions, enjoy yummy snacks, take a chance at winning some awesome goodies and celebrating another great year with BookKids! Free.

New Year’s Eve Family Barrel Bash @ Barrel O’Fun
Dec. 31, 12 – 3 p.m.
Enjoy an afternoon of karaoke, dancing, crafting and general kid-friendly merry-making at Barrel O’ Fun! Your $8 ticket includes a party hat, noise maker and an apple juice for the group toast. Festivities take place from 12-3 p.m. with an (early) New Year’s Eve apple juice toast at 2:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to wear their party best. We’re excited for 2018! The event does require a ticket, but you may come and go as you’d like. Tickets are available online here.

Ring in 2019 at Barrel O’Fun! Photo from the Alamo Drafthouse website

New Year’s Eve Party @ Main Event
Dec. 31, balloon drop at 4 p.m.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve early with a prize-filled balloon drop at 4 p.m. At this location, you can enjoy bowling, laser tag, rock climbing, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, and lots of arcade games. Check out the New Year’s Eve photo booth and party favors. Games will be half-price after 10 p.m. For more info, click here.

Noon Year’s Eve Party @ Pinballz Arcade (all locations)
Dec. 31, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Parent and kids (ages 10 and under) are invited to Pinballz annual Noon Year’s Eve event complete with a make-and-take crafting experience, snacks, $5 in gameplay, and a 12 p.m. prize-filled balloon drop! $10 entry per child when tickets are purchased in advance online here, or $15 when purchased on-site the day of the event.

Noon Years Eve Party @ Lake Travis Community Library
Dec. 31, 11 a.m.
Can’t stay awake for the midnight hour? Celebrate the new year at noon! Make hats and noise makers starting at 11am. Children’s musician Joe McDermott will perform at 11:30 a.m., then everyone can snack on goodies and toast to the 12 o’clock hour!

Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Party @ Gourdough’s Public House (S. Lamar)
Dec. 31, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Bring your family down to Gourdough’s Public House and help us ring in 2018! They will have games at every table, sparkling juice for the kids, champagne for the adults, the TV’s streaming various events, poppers, sparklers, and more! This event is free.

New Year’s Eve Staycations: Think you might want to head just outside of Austin for a fun little New Year’s getaway? Check out these events nearby:

New Year’s Eve @ Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa
Dec. 30 – Jan. 1
Ring in 2018 with a fun family staycation that includes a carnival, fireworks, BBQ, kid-friendly dance party, and more? The ers a pretty amazing celebration geared towards families. Guests can book a reservation for a two-night experience packed with festive and exciting activities. Click here to reserve a room.

Kids Club New Year’s Eve Celebration @ Horseshoe Bay Resort
Dec. 31, 6 p.m.
This party for the kiddos features new crafts and activities by the hour including a bird show, karaoke, video games, dancing, s’mores, pizza, glow in the dark shirts and more. $90 per child ages 4-12. Reservations required. More info here.