(here's the 2012 New Year's Eve with Kids post)
Bay Area Discovery Museum - 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"
Cost: free with admission
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.
Cost: $5.50-$7.50 zoo admission for nonmembersBundle up for fireworks near the Ferry Plaza. Head to the Embarcadero and watch outdoors - they start at midnight.
I'm sure there's more happening - please comment with more ideas!!!