New Year’s Eve celebrations have changed greatly since becoming a parent. While I’ve never been a night owl, I did manage to make it to midnight for New Year’s…pre-children. Since our family grew to include 2 ankle-biters my midnight-seeing days are long gone. I applaud parents able to see the New Year in and still function the next day! Whether you are looking for an early New Year’s party or are ready to go all night, we’ve pulled together family-friendly New Year’s celebrations from around Metro Vancouver.
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Castle Fun Park’s Early Bird Balloon Drop: The littlest ones get to celebrate 2020 first at Castle Fun Park. The kids will enjoy a movie on the 120″ screen along with popcorn, hot chocolate & cookies. All of the Castle Fun Park attractions will be open (mini golf, go karts, batting cages, laser maze, bumper cars & more than 200 arcade games). The balloon drop happens at 9pm so the little ones don’t have to stay up too late. Admission & parking are FREE – you only pay for what you want to play.
New Year’s Eve Toonie Skate: Bring the family down for a mid-day skate. There will be face painting, crafts & games. The cost is $2 per person and that includes skates & helmets. This is an all ages event. Please note that there are no bars available for beginner skaters.
New Year’s Eve Toonie Skate: Kids can almost taste the excitement in the air on New Year’s Eve. Help burn off some of that youthful energy with a $2 skate at Chilliwack’s Twin Rinks. Family fun is scheduled for 4 hours (3pm – 7pm). After 4 hours on the ice, those kids will be ready to call it an early night.
Great Escape Buffet & Play: Escape the chilly weather at Langley’s indoor family entertainment centre The Great Escape. They’ll be ringing in the New Year with laser tag, mini golf, food specials, door prizes, and an early countdown at 9 pm. Party hats, noisemakers, confetti and great music are part of the package too! Reservations are required; be sure to book early.
New Year’s Eve at Capital City Classic Arcade is a family-friendly celebration. The ticketed event includes a mini arcade tournament, scavenger hunt, 80’s trivia, board and card games, prizes, New Years Eve party favours, 80’s music videos and full access to their classic video arcade games!
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Queensborough Community Centre. 5-11 year olds are invited to spend the morning hours of December 31st playing games and taking part in activities. The fun also includes a countdown to 2020.
Family First Night at Mt Seymour: Family First Night at Mt Seymour is the original and longest-running family-friendly New Year’s Eve event on the North Shore. The night’s entertainment line up is packed: laser tobogganing, Acro Fire Entertainment, live music, Tickles & Yowza the Clowns, face-painting, arts, crafts, and more.
Family New Year’s Eve on Grouse Mountain: Glide across the Skate Pond, fly down the Sliding Zone on a magic carpet, wander through the outdoor Light Walk, enjoy live music & fire performances and be dazzled by an early fireworks show (9pm). Grouse Mountain has oodles of fun planned for families looking to celebrate the arrival of 2020 at a civilized hour.
Winter Ice Palace: As is winter holiday tradition the Cloverdale Arena will be transformed into the Winter Ice Palace over the winter school break. 2019 marks the 22nd year this popular event has been attracting families from all over the Lower Mainland. If you are looking for something to do on either Dec 31st or January 1st, you are in luck as they are open. Admission is $4.50. Don’t worry if you forget your skates and helmets, rentals are available. Skate rentals are $3.25 and helmets are $1.75. Call 604-502-6410 for more information.
Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Variety Show: Celebrate with family and friends at Vancouver Cabaret Theatre’s New Year’s Eve Variety Show, with circus acrobats, magic, live music and one of Vancouver’s biggest balloon drops.
It’s going to be a Glowing NYE! The kid-friendly celebration offers entertainment for the whole family under the twinkle of a million lights. Tickets to the event include: NYE countdown at 9pm (just in time for the kids), 1 glass of champagne or sparkling apple cider, arts and craft station for kids, party hats, noise makers, live entertainment and more!
Rocky Mountain Flatbread New Year’s Eve Celebration: Looking for an awesome-kid friendly New Year’s Eve party? Check out New Year’s Eve at Rocky Mountain Flatbread! Enjoy a relaxing evening where children are entertained with pizza making, balloon twisting, and face painting while you enjoy your dinner and drinks. An early New Year’s Eve countdown will top off the evening!
Best wishes for a safe and happy New Year’s Eve celebration. Here’s to a new decade. Welcome to 2020!