Say Goodbye to 2018 with These Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Parties

New Year’s Eve celebrations don’t have to just be about cocktails and kisses — celebrate the changing of the calendar with your family at a variety of events that are open to kids. Ring in 2018 with the whole family at one of these family-friendly New Year’s Eve parties!


New Year’s Eve celebration at Austin’s Park ‘N Pizza


Free Events in Austin

Last Storytime of 2018
December 31 | at 10:30 a.m. | Book People, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
The last storytime of 2018 will feature our favorite books of the year!  The Kids Team has chosen– come see which ones made the cut! We will be making our New Year resolutions, enjoying yummy snacks, giving away awesome goodies, and celebrating another great year at BookKids!

Noon Year’s Eve Party
December 31 | at 11 a.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin
Can’t stay awake for the midnight hour? Then celebrate the new year at noon! Make party hats and noise makers starting at 11 a.m. Children’s musician Joe McDermott will perform at 11:30 a.m. Snack on goodies and toast to the 12 o’ clock hour! Happy Noon Year! FREE!

Noon Year’s Eve @ Laura’s
December 31 | from 11 a.m. | Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin
Ring in the Noon Year with Westbank Libraries and Joe McDermott! Join  for a New Year’s Eve concert at Laura’s Library. There will be music, dancing, and lots of fun–everything we need to lead in the New Year right with one of our favorite musicians. They’ll even do a countdown to 12 (noon)! Recommended for ages 3 & up.


Austin’s New Year 2019
December 31 | at 3 p.m. | Auditorium Shores, 900 W Riverside Dr, Austin
Bring in the New Year with a FREE, fun, and family-friendly celebration. Austin’s New Year will transform Auditorium Shores into an alcohol-free wonderland of music, art, special performances and of course, Austin’s legendary food favorites. Austin’s New Year line-up includes Superfonicos, Nakia and the Blues Grifters, Jeff Plankenhorn, and more. Capping off the festive evening, the traditional fireworks finale will start at 10 p.m.

Events With Paid Admission

Noon Year’s Eve at the Hive
December 31 | from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | The Hive, 10415 Old Manchaca Rd.
Head on in for the NOON Year’s Eve party for kids and families! There will be a Staci Gray concert, crafts, snacks, games and a toast when the ball drops at NOON with kid-friendly sparkling juice and big-kid-friendly sparkling champagne. $10/ child.

New Year’s Eve Family Barrel Bash
December 31 | at 1 p.m. | Barrel O’ Fun, 1911 Aldrich St., Suite 120
Join for an afternoon of karaoke, dancing, crafting and general merry-making as we celebrate New Year’s Eve at Barrel O’ Fun! This event is family-friendly and appropriate for all ages. Your ticket includes a party hat and other party props, all the crafts and activities, as well as an apple juice for the group toast. We’ll start the festivities at 1pm and party till 4 p.m. with an (early) New Year’s Eve apple juice toast at 3:30 p.m. Barrel O’ Fun will have full food and drink service throughout the event, so you can enjoy lunch and snacks if you’d like. Everyone is encouraged to wear their party best as we’ll have a photo booth. We’re excited for 2019! The event does require a ticket, but you may come and go as you’d like. Tickets are $10.11 with fees. More info here.

Thinkery’s Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Drop & Bubble Wrap Stomp
December 31 | from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.| Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin
Ring in 2019 a wee bit early with Thinkery! On New Year’s Eve, head to Thinkery for our third annual Noon(ish) Year’s Eve Balloon Drop & Bubble Wrap Stomp! They’ll be hosting two different celebration times for you and your family to ring in the New Year; 9am-noon (drop & stomp at 11 am) and 1-4pm (drop & stomp at 3 pm). Each limited capacity Noon Year’s Eve celebration will include three simultaneous balloon drops and bubble wrap stomps; two downstairs for young revelers of all ages and one upstairs exclusively for toddler revelers. All party-goers can enjoy music, winter crafts, engineer your own noisemakers, enter the Texas “snowball” arena, and experience special performances during each 3-hour celebration. Did we mention everyone can celebrate the day with a mimosa or kid-mosa in their own hand-crafted champagne flut. Reserve your December 31 General Admission tickets today!

Family New Years Eve Celebration at Mel’s (Georgetown)
December 31 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | Mel’s Lonestar Lanes, 1010 N Austin Ave, Georgetown
Includes private lane for bowling, shoe rentals, fountain drinks, dinner buffet & champagne toast. Make reservations here. Cost: $125 per lane (valid for up to 6 bowlers per lane). Or, $30 a person without bowling – includes dinner buffet, soda, and toast.

Austin Saengerrunde NYE Gala
December 31 | at 8 p.m. | Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
Ring in the New Year with the Austin Saengerrunde with a night full of wholesome entertainment and refreshments. Czech Melody Masters plays an array of music that will have you waltzing into 2019. Ticket Includes: live music, drinks, and German breakfast at midnight. Feel free to bring your own snacks! 8 p.m.: Doors Open and Dance, 11:40 p.m.: Grand March, Midnight: German Breakfast. Tickets range from $15 – 40. Children 12 and under are free.

Family New Year’s Eve Party @ High 5 (Lakeway)
December 31 | at 4:30, 6 or 7:30 p.m. | High 5, 1502 Ranch Road 620 South, Lakeway
Each Family Admission Ticket Includes: Family Lane Reservation at Time of Seating (for up to 6 people), 60 minutes of Bowling, Shoe Rental, and 20pt Player Cards, Large Hand-tossed 1-topping Pizza & Pitcher of Soda, “Countdown to 2019” Champagne & Cider Toast, Celebration Blowers & Hats. Featuring: SPRINKLES the famous facepainter and balloon artist! (For 4:30 and 6:00 seatings only). Family reservation and tickets = $104.29 (with fees).

Family New Year’s at Dave and Busters
December 31 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | Dave and Busters, 9333 Research Blvd., # A600
Dave & Busters is offering an exciting and FUN way for you & your family to ring in the New Year! We will offer loads of excitement with our New Year’s Eve package which combines all the Food & FUN that guests have grown to love at Dave & Buster’s. Ticket package info here.

NYE Experience at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines (Lost Pines)
December 30 and 31 | Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd., Lost Pines
Escape to Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa this New Year’s Eve for the Lost Pines NYE Experience! This celebration includes a ferris wheel, carnival rides, games + prizes, a BBQ feast, spectacular fireworks, breakfast on New Year’s Day, all wrapped up into one awesome package! Please read rate rules and note that there is a two-night minimum length of stay for this special event (must stay Dec 30 & 31). Don’t miss this one of a kind, Lost Pines experience.

More New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Events

Black Eyed Pea Run
December 31 | from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. | Rogue Running, 410 Pressler St., OR  Texas Running Co., 9901 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Ste 160
The Black Eyed Pea Run is an Austin tradition, and as always, it is FREE and open to everyone. This year they have TWO START LOCATIONS to choose from! Start from Texas Running Co. at the Gateway shopping center (9901 N. Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste 160) for a 13 mile point-to-point course. Start from Rogue Running at 410 Pressler St. for a 3, 5, 7, and 10-mile out & back option. *You will need to provide your own transportation to and from TRC. Both runs START at 8:30 AM and will have a map and water stops provided along the way. Please RSVP here (choose “Going” rather than “Interested”) so that they can ensure enough refreshments for all!

Mozart’s Annual Light Show
Through January 2 | from 6 to 11 p.m. |
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.
Starting at 6 p.m. each evening, and replaying at the top of every hour until closing, enjoy dazzling lights set to music!  The lights show will happen every night. Don’t miss out on all the FREE holiday fun!

Zilker Holiday Tree
Through December 31 | from 6 p.m. to midnight | Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
Take a spin under the tree and buy some treats from one of the onsite vendors. Tree on display nightly. Cost: FREE!

Pfreeze Pflop (Pflugerville)
January 1 | at 10 a.m. | Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd, Pflugerville
Are you brave enough to slide into the pfrigid water at Scott Mentzer Pool to kick off your new year? The event lasts until the last brave soul goes down the slide! No, the pool isn’t heated. Pfirst 50 people will receive a pFREE t-shirt. Plus, admission is pFREE with donation of a canned food item given to benefit local pfood banks.

Polar Bear Splash (Kyle)
January 1 | at 12:30 p.m. | Kyle Pool, Gregg-Clarke Park, 1100 W Center St, Kyle
Take part in the Kyle tradition and make a splash at the Kyle Pool. FREE!

Featured photo via Austin’s Park ‘N Pizza.



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