Kids and families won’t be left out of 2019’s New Year’s Eve merriment. There are a variety of places, from the Phoenix Zoo to the skating rink, that will be hosting family-friendly New Year’s Eve parties.
Grab a glass of cider and let the confetti fly – it’s time to say hello to 2020:
Ring in 2020 the active way with a hike around Papago Park. Head up the west side on the 2.3-mile Double Butte Loop trail that features one small and one big butte. Or take it easy on the east side and visit the iconic Hole-in-the-Rock. Come between sunrise and sunset and end 2019 with some nature and fresh air. For more: phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/Papago-park.
Skateland Family Party
On December 31, Skateland Mesa will be hosting its 5th annual Family New Year’s Eve Skate Party from 4-7 p.m. Kids and adults can enjoy a discounted skate rental, pizza, drinks, party favors and a balloon drop to celebrate the new year – even though it’s not midnight, it still counts! Admission is $9 per person or $30 for a family four-pack of tickets. For more: unitedskates.com.
World of Illumination
Keep it simple yet stunning this year with a tour through the World of Illumination, the world’s largest drive-through holiday light display. This exhibit features more than two-million LED lights animated and synchronized to holiday classics. This display is located at Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda. Tickets cost $33 per vehicle and snacks and drinks are also available for purchase at the beginning of the show.
Experience the fun of a New Year’s Eve midnight countdown – at noon – at the Phoenix Zoo’s Noon Year’s Eve party. There will be a ball drop with a cider or juice toast and kids and adults can play in the snow, participate in snowball target games, a bounce house, DJ dance party and also spend time with the animals.
This event is held on December 31 from 9 a.m. to noon. Folks are also invited to the Glow Wild event featuring a wild light lantern safari from 5:30-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $24.95 for adults ages 14 and up and $16.95 for children ages 3 to 13. For more: phoenixzoo.org.
Happy Noon Year Celebration
Bring the whole family to this “noon year” celebration at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. 7th St., starting at 9 a.m. Kids can enjoy the museum, play games and activities and when the clock strikes noon, there will be a toast and a balloon drop in the atrium to ring in the New Year. Admission is $15 per person. For more: childrensmuseumofphoenix.org.
Dave and Busters New Year’s Eve Party
Dave and Busters will be hosting New Year’s Eve festivities with games, food and drinks. Guests can enjoy an appetizer buffet, dessert, a $25 Power Card for unlimited video game play, plus a video ball drop to ring in the New Year. Dave and Busters will also offer a countdown earlier in the night to ensure family members of all ages can enjoy the fun. For more: daveandbusters.com.