Looking for family friendly New Years Eve options in Tacoma, Puyallup, Olympia, or your South Sound home?
Here’s a list of New Years events suitable for kids and kids at heart!
If you’re still planning your Sunday, I have events for today, the 29th, one post down!
Night Time Events
First Night in TacomaThis is a growing celebration in downtown Tacoma. Purchase a button (10.00 before the 31st or 14.00 on the day of). Kids 10 and under are free. Buttons get you free skate rental at the Polar Plaza, free entry to the Children’s Museum, The Museum of Glass, and the history museum, plus access to a variety of live entertainment. This link shows all the kid friendly options by hour. I strongly suggest parking at the Tacoma Dome station and taking the link over hunting for parking.
New Years Eve at Tiffany’s Skate Inn in Puyallup 20.00 admission includes skating, all you can eat pizza and pop, balloon drop, and raffles Non skating parents are 10.00. Buy your tickets in advance so you don’t have to wait in line. You are also welcome to do drop-off with older children. 7:30PM-1:30AM *sponsor!
You can also hit Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Lake (Drive-Thru) until 9PM Go here for a 3.00 off coupon. or Zoolights at Pt.Defiance Zoo until 9PM Zoo admission gets pricey. SFM recommends investing in an annual pass (Christmas gift from grandma?) unless you can take advantage of monthly free days for city of Tacoma residents. Members get discounted Zoolights admission (sadly, not free). Holiday with Lights at Wild Waves is open until 10PM.
Happy Noon Year at the Covington Library magician Louie Foxx entertains at 11AM followed by a celebration at Noon
Trampoline Nation is open until 9PM *sponsor!
Xtreme Bounce of Fun is open at the Auburn Outlet Collection during mall hours for those of you with littles *sponsor!
New Years Eve Jump at Pump it Up in Tacoma 10AM Other daytime jumping sessions today, also.
Activities at the Children’s Museum in Tacoma 10AM-5PM Make crafts to celebrate the Year of the Horse; enjoy hourly, “Parades,” through the museum beginning at 12 and more. Admission pay-as-you-will or free with first night buttons (see above).
Happy Noon Year with Nancy Stewart at the main branch of the Tacoma Public Library Join the popular children’s entertainer for sing along fun, paper hat crafting, and a balloon drop at noon. Best for preschoolers and young children 11AM-12:15
Noon Year’s Eve Party at the Wheelock Library 11:15-12:15 dancing, crafts, and a noon time countdown!
Winter Wildland continues at Northwest Trek Animals enjoy special holiday themed enrichments. Included with admission, which also covers a tram ride. This is a spendy outing. If you’d go even twice, you may want a membership (It can be added to an existing zoo membership). Or, there will be a kids free day in February.
New Years Eve for Little Kids at the Gig Harbor Library 10AM crafts, dancing, snacks, and a countdown for kids 0-3
New Years Eve for Bigger Kids at the Gig Harbor Library 11:15AM craft, dancing, snacks, and a countdown for the 4-8 set
Jeff Evans Science magic at Tumwater and Tenino libraries The magician/science/stunt guy will entertain Olympia area kids at two free shows 11AM Tuwater; 2PM at Tenino
Noon Years Eve at the Hands-on Children’s Museum in Olympia Countdown at noon, special activities including face painting, science presentations, and more. 15.00 for non member children or 12.00 for members/ 4.00 for accompanying adults 10AM-3PM Timed entry for this event. You are encouraged to register in advance.
Of course, the other option is to do your own New Years Eve. Pick another time zone and do your celebration early enough to get off the roads and get everyone in bed (Full Disclosure: It’s the grown-ups at the SFM house who most need early bedtimes!)
If you know of another great option for ringing in 2014, leave a comment, or drop me a line!
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