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Thursday, December 15, 2011

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

What to do with the kids on New Year's Eve in the San Francisco Bay Area? Here are some family-friendly options.
(here's the 2012 New Year's Eve with Kids post)

Bay Area Discovery Museu- Sausalito
What: Noon Year's Eve
When: December 31 from 9 a.m. to noon (Museum closes at 2 p.m.)
Details: Count down to New Year's. Celebrate the clock striking 12 noon and create your own noisemakers and party hats as the ball drops.

Cost: $11 for admission. Optional $12 goody bag (order online) with bubbles, sunglasses, necklaces and moreRSVP: Drop-in. 

Asian Art Museum - San Francisco
What: Strike a Japanese temple bell to ring in the new year
When: December 31st. 

9:30-11:30 a.m. bell ringing for museum members. 
11:30 a.m. bell ringing ceremony for nonmembers
10 a.m. to 3 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, Lizard Lady, For Goodness Snakes, puppets, music, games, bounce house, climbing wall, flight simulation game, live entertainment, balloon drop
RSVP: none. Event free with admission.

What: Balloon Drop
When: December 31, with ball drops between noon at 2:05. Radio Disney will be there from 12:30-2 with games, music and prizes. Museum closes at 4 p.m. that day.
Details: create a noisemaker, a party hat, other crafts and "countdown to noon across the time zones"
RSVP: none.
Cost: free with admission

Oakland Zoolights
What: Zoolights - holiday decorations, lights and music - at night!
When: through January 3rd, 2010, 5:30-9 p.m. on 12/31
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 for nonmembers
Embarcadero Fireworks
Bundle up for fireworks near the Ferry Plaza. Head to the Embarcadero and watch outdoors - they start at midnight. 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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