The countdown to 2024 is on, and if you’re looking for ways to ring it in with young revelers, you have many options! There are a bunch of family-friendly ways to celebrate around the area, from organized events to plan-it-yourself activities. Here are details and inspiration for your gang to get in on the fun — all of them taking place on December 31. Happy New Year!
Noon Yards Eve
Where: The Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: 10am – 1pm
The Yards’ annual New Year’s Eve celebration especially for families is back! Celebrate with complimentary activities for kids of all ages including trackless train rides through The Yards, an inflatable slide and bounce house, glitter tattoo artists, carnival games, music by DJ Alex Love, crafts, The Uncle Devin Show, a magician, and the balloon-drop countdown at 12pm! Families can also take pictures in the photo booth and participate in the 2024-themed giveaways.
Noon Year’s Eve Family Pajama Party
Where: Kraken Kourts & Skates | Bryant Street area, DC
When: 9am – 1pm
Admission: Starts at $15
DC’s indoor roller skating and pickleball venue, Kraken Kourts & Skates, will host a family skating pajama party in the morning and early afternoon. There will be a pickle-BALL drop at noon because who needs Times Square? Family skating will be available for $15/skater, which includes skate rental and party favors, plus the entertainment of a skating rink DJ. Private cabanas that seat up to 12 guests are available to rent at $150 for three hours. The largest cabana, accommodating up to 25 guests, will be priced at $300 for three hours.
Rocknoceros New Year’s Eve Party
Where: Jammin Java | Vienna, VA
When: 2pm (doors open 1:30pm)
The widely popular band that always gets kids rockin’ will be back at Jammin Java to play a special New Year’s Eve concert. The hour-long program will include live music from the favorite area family-jam band, interactive New Year’s resolutions, the Ball Drop, and a complimentary apple juice toast. Doors open at 11:30pm, and general admission seating is on a first come, first served basis.
Family New Year’s Party
Where: metrobar | Northeast DC
Admission: Free, but reserve a spot
Jump aboard the “way-before-midnight” train at our family-friendly celebration starting at 4pm, with festive cocktails from our new winter menu and kids activities and games. The Experience Band and Show will provide live entertainment for all! Don’t worry about the cold — they’ll have the heated Railcar Bar with enclosed spaces aplenty, fire pits, patio and heaters. That, along with a selection of hot cocktails, will keep you warm as you celebrate 2024!
NYE Kids Pizza Party
Where: ANXO | Brightwood, DC
If you’re looking for something fun and tasty to do with your kids on New Year’s Eve, head to anxo look no further! Admission gets your kid their own cheese or pepperoni kids pizza, sparkling apple juice to toast, face painting, hummus & veggies, cookies, a piñata, a screening of everyone’s favorite movie, Frozen, and more! Not all of the fun is for the kids, parents are encouraged to order from the extensive menu of delicious beverages and pizza while their kids mingle and enjoy the festivities. Space is limited!
First Night Alexandria
Where: Old Town | Alexandria, VA
When: Starting at 2pm
Admission: Free – $75
The largest family-focused and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve event in the region is back with family-friendly shows starting in the early afternoon. See more than 100 performances on stages throughout Old Town Alexandria. Entertainers include children’s musicians, blue grass bands, jazz artists, rock cover bands, acapella groups, jugglers, magicians, and more. End the evening with a spectacular fireworks display on the Potomac River at the foot of King Street! See the website for the full schedule pricing as it varies by age and timing.
New Year’s Eve Around the World
Where: Children’s Science Center Lab | Fairfax, VA
When: 10am – 12pm
Admission: $15 (adults, too)
Ring in 2024 STEM-style and enjoy New Year’s Eve fun without the late night! At this activity spot in Fair Oaks Mall known for hands-on, STEM-based activuities, the day’s fun will include kid-engineered sound shakers, sparkly slime, a Ball Drop at ‘Midnight,’ and a sparkling cider toast! Three, two-hour time slots are available, so you can celebrate at the Lab at a time that works for your family. Read more about the LAB in this KFDC post.
Where: Theatres around the DC area
When: Times vary by show
Admission: Ticket prices vary by show
Make the last day of the year special with some live entertainment. Local stages will be presenting all kinds of shows on New Year’s Eve. See The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at Adventure Theatre, A Year with Frog and Toad at Imagination Stage, Disney’s Frozen at the Kennedy Center, As You Like It at Harman Hall, or another show running now. See what’s else is in theatres in this round-up of winter entertainment.
Watch Night New Year’s Eve Celebration
Where: 100 Block of West Broad Street | Falls Church, VA
When: 7pm – Midnight
Ring in the New Year with free, family-friendly festivities at Falls Church’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration. Enjoy food, music, singing, dancing, entertainment, performances and interactive festivities that appeal to all ages. Highlights include inflatable bouncy fun, a climbing wall, balloon art, karaoke, face painting, puppet shows, and special Watch Night menus at local restaurants. All events take place within a four-block area that begins on the 100 Block of West Broad Street.
Where: Maryland Science Center | Baltimore, MD
When: 10am – 2pm
Admission: $26.95/adult, $20.95/3-12, free/2 & under
Join the MSC for their annual New Year’s Eve celebration, Midnight Noon, where kids can enjoy the ball drop before bedtime. Enjoy loads of festive activities and games, explore all three floors of hands-on science exhibits, and ring in the New Year with a noontime ball drop! Read all about the MSC here. All activities are free with paid admission (and completely free to members).
Noontime New Year
Where: Port Discovery | Baltimore, MD
When: 10am – 5pm
Admission: $23.95 ages 2+
The children’s museum in Baltimore is hosting its annual New Year’s Eve celebration! Ring in 2024 with all kinds of fun. Take a family photo in front of a New Year’s Eve backdrop. Make your own confetti cannon or number template. Write or draw your resolution on our Wish Tree. Watch a comedy show and make your own jokes or listen to stories and play musical instruments. Participate in a sensory exploration. And don’t forget to countdown to noon! Read more about the wonderful spot for kids here.
New Year’s Night Lights
Where: Around the DC area
When: After dark
Admission: Varies by locale
Start your own family New Year’s Eve tradition with a seasonal treat: Bundle up for a stroll or take a drive through one of several spectacular holiday light displays! Most of the light shows that dazzle this time of year are open on New Year’s Eve. If you’re enjoying it from the comfort of a car, pack a thermos of hot chocolate, yummy snacks, and prepare a festive playlist for the ride.
Glide into 2024
Where: Ice rinks around the DC area
When: Throughout the day & evening
Admission: Varies by rink
Skate under the stars to celebrate the start of the new year. Gliding on ice surrounded by twinkling lights, art sculptures, and/or the hubbub of people in festive spirits is a fun, active way to revel. Be sure to check times for each rink, as hours may change for the holiday.
Swoosh into 2024
Where: Ski resorts around the region
When: Through winter
Admission: Varies by resort
Hit the slopes for a fun, active way to ring inthe new year. There are a bunch of ski resorts within a few hours’ drive that are great for young, newbie skiers (and veteran swooshers, too). This post has info about Whitetail and one of our day trips there a couple of years ago, and other relatively close resorts are Liberty and Bryce. Farther away, but good to check out if you can swing an overnight or longer are Roundtop, Massanutten, Wintergreen, Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, Snowshoe, Timberline, and Wisp.
Do you know of any New Year’s Eve events or activities that you don’t see here? Leave a comment and let us know!