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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New Year's Eve in San Francisco Bay Area with Kids 2010-2011

Ring in the new year...with your kids.
(Find the 2012 listing of New Year's Eve in the Bay Area here)

Here are some family-friendly options for celebrating the 2009-2010 new year in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bay Area Discovery Museum - Sausalito
What: Noon Year's Eve
When: December 31 from 10 a.m. to noon (Museum closes at 2 p.m.)
Details: Second annual count down to New Year's. Celebrate the clock striking 12 noon and create your own noisemakers and party hats as the ball drops.
RSVP: Drop-in.

Asian Art Museum - San Francisco
What: Strike a Japanese temple bell to ring in the new year
When: December 31st. 9-11 a.m. bell ringing for museum members. 
11 a.m. bell ringing ceremony 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. art activites
Details: Good explanation of Japanese bell ringing tradition here.
RSVP: none. Children 12 and under get in free. Get your numbered tickets at the front desk.
Cost: Free with admission

Hiller Aviation Museum - San Carlos
What: Noon Year's Eve Celebration
When: December 31st, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Details: Face painting, Tree Frog Treks petting zoo, games, bounce house, climbing wall, flight simulation game, live entertainment, balloon drop
RSVP: none. Event free with admission.

What: Balloon Drop
When: December 31, noon, 1:00, 2:00. Museum closes at 4 p.m. that day.
Details: create a noisemaker, a party hat and "countdown to noon across the time zones"
RSVP: none.

Oakland Zoolights
What: Zoolights - holiday decorations, lights and music - at night!
When: through January 3rd, 2010, 5:30-9 p.m.
Details: This isn't a special New Year's Eve program, but if you're looking to do something fun that night, check out the Zoolights.
RSVP: none
Cost: $5.50-$7.50 zoo admission.

Sadiedey's 5th Annual New Year's Pre Eve Party
What: party for kids and parents
When: December 31st from 4-7 p.m.
Details: live music (Diamano Coura West African Dance Company/drumming/dance lesson/dance parade), treats, reindeer games,  and countdown to "midnight" (6 p.m.)
Tickets: $15 in advance, or 4 ticket for $50. At the door, cost is $20/ticket. Space is limited, so buy in advance if possible.
Where: 4210 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Embarcadero Fireworks
I found several mentions of this midnight fireworks display online, but couldn't find an official looking website to point you to. The fireworks happened in the past, near the Ferry Plaza. Head to the Embarcadero and watch outdoors - they start around 9:30.

No special programming, but the museum is open December 31st until 5 p.m. (it's also open New Year's Day).

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Stay the night at the Monterey Aquarium! This family sleepover starts at 7 p.m. on December 31st, and runs until the next morning. Price is $75/person for members, $95/person for nonmembers. has a list of things to do that day as well.

I'm sure there's more happening - please comment with more ideas!!!

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