Looking for something fun to do on New Year’s Eve with the whole family? You can take the kids for a balloon drop, play arcade games, and have some indoor jumping fun early in the day, or head downtown for a fireworks show at night. Ring in 2017 in style with your little ones in tow at one of these many family-friendly celebrations!


Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Drop & Bubble Wrap Stomp @ Thinkery
Saturday, Dec. 31, 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Get your tickets to the Thinkery’s first-ever, family-friendly Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Drop & Bubble Wrap Stomp! They’ll ring in 2017 a wee bit early with winter crafts, “snowball” fights, special performances and two separate balloon drops at 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. General Admission tickets are required and cost $10 for ages 2 and up. Tickets are available online here. Space is limited, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Noon Year’s Eve Party @ Pinballz Arcade
Saturday, Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Parents and kids age 10 & under are invited for fun, games, crafts, snacks and a countdown with a balloon drop so your family can ring in 2017 without having to stay up past bedtime. Families can enjoy a make-and-take crafting experience, snacks, $5 in tokens per child, and a 12 p.m. prize-filled balloon drop! $10 entry per child. Sign up early online here. Limited space available.

Noon Year’s Eve Kids Party @ Austin’s Park N Pizza
Saturday, Dec. 31, 12 – 6 p.m.
The festivities will include face painting, prize-filled balloon drops, NYE activities, and plenty of sparkling, kid-friendly refreshments. Plus, they have a NYE Weekend Combo Special on December 31st and January 1st — $19.95 for unlimited attractions, and a $5 Fun Card! Take your kids for an afternoon of revelry before your evening festivities begin. 2017 is on the way, so celebrate, bowl, race, and play! Balloon drops are at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Noon Year’s Eve Jump @ Pump It Up
Saturday, Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Kids can jump, slide and climb the New Year away! There will be a countdown at 12 p.m., and kids can celebrate the coming year with glow lights and tons of fun. $10 per child. A signed safety waiver and socks are required to play.

New Year’s Ultimate Play Pass @ Main Event
Saturday, Dec. 31, 4-8 p.m.
The ball drops twice New Year’s Eve with 2 special events with hundreds of prizes. The Daytime celebration goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a balloon drop at 1:30 p.m. All-You-Can-Play Activities and 3-Hour Video Game Play costs $24.95 per person before 5 p.m on Saturday. Prices increase in the evening hours. No reservations required, open to the public. You can also ring in the new year on Sunday, opening at 11 a.m. for regularly scheduled fun.

New Year’s Eve at Black Light Bash @ Blazer Tag
Saturday, Dec. 31, 11 p.m.
Teens ages 13 and up can have a blast at the annual winter event. You can count on games, trivia, and ALL NIGHT LASER TAG! Show your skills in the arcade or enter the “minute to win it” contest for more chances to win big! Endless prizes and giveaways all night long. Check in happens on Saturday, December 31st at 11 p.m.; check out is on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 7 a.m. Individual tickets with food are  $29.95/ person and $21.95/person without food. Group tickets (10 or more) are $16.95/person. Click here to reserve your spot.

Noon Year’s Eve Storytime @ Westbank Library
Saturday, Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Enjoy a special Storytime and Party with games & activities, where you’ll count down to noon in celebration of the New Year! Free!

Noon Year’s Eve Party & Concert @ Lake Travis Community Library
Saturday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m.
Make hats and noise makers starting at 11 a.m., then children’s musician Joe McDermott will perform at 11:30 a.m., and then you can snack on goodies and toast to the 12 o’clock hour! Free!

Austin’s New Year 2017 @ Auditorium Shores
Saturday, Dec. 31, 3 – 10:30 p.m.
Join the annual FREE New Year’s Eve celebration with a variety of art, food trucks, kids activities and live music at Vic Mathias Shores (formerly known as Auditorium Shores) with a fireworks finale at 10 p.m.! The 2016 event will include three stages and 15 local & regional bands such as  Shinyribs, Ray Wyllie Hubbard, The Peterson Brothers and many more. Click here for more info.

If you’ve got a babysitter and are looking for some festive fun without the kids on New Year’s Eve, check out our Get A Sitter round-up of balls, fancy dinners, dance parties and more.

No matter how you celebrate, we hope you