Houston hosts a number of events on New Year’s Eve, but most of those events cater specifically to those who are old enough to legally make a champagne toast at midnight. It’s easy to find something to do to ring in the New Year in Houston, but there are not many events that the entire family can enjoy together. If you want to ring in the New Year family style, Houston is the right place to go with several entertaining family-friendly New Year's Eve events the entire family will enjoy.
Sharkey’s New Year’s Eve Party
As a parent, just about the only time you are up partying after midnight is when your kids are infants and they wake you up to eat. Once they reach the toddler stage, you’re just too tired to stay up late enough to see what happens after 10 p.m. This is exactly why Sharkey’s New Year’s Eve Party at the Houston Aquarium (aquariumrestaurants.com) is an early event for the whole family on New Year’s Eve. You’ll all be home in time for your regularly scheduled bedtime, or even a late night pajama party in the living room. Join Sharkey and Nero on the third floor of the aquarium for a buffet dinner, pictures, balloons, games, prizes and other events.
Rockin' New Year’s Noon Bash
Ring in the New Year with your toddlers 12 hours early at the Rockin' New Year’s Noon Bash at the Children’s Museum of Houston (artshound.com). This bash is for families who want to celebrate the New Year together, without sleepy yawns and the dead weight of sleeping babies on parents' shoulders. The party starts at 10 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and lasts until 3 p.m. The New Year’s countdown, complete with a ball drop, happens at noon. Enjoy food, entertainment, dancing and even a live band, which the entire family will love.
New Year's Eve Live
It’s pleasant to celebrate early in the day so your toddlers are awake to enjoy the festivities, but you can still celebrate with the family at night. Your little ones will be having too much fun to fall asleep during the New Year’s Eve Live event at the Discovery Green and George R. Brown Convention Center (newyearsevelive.com). The entire family will get a kick out of the lighted car parade, the 3-D light show, and the massive fireworks display that helps to ring in the New Year. Family-friendly performers will sing, dance and entertain. There’s food, merriment and laughter for the entire family.
New Year’s Eve on the Square
At the Sugarland Town Square (sugarlandtx.com), you and your kids will enjoy a spectacular New Year’s Eve event that you won’t forget anytime soon. With a live 3-D countdown to the New Year, tasty treats, entertainment and family-friendly activities all night long, this event is perfect for your family. Dance the night away with your little ones to live bands and music, play games, share delicious snacks, and count down the New Year’s arrival with your little ones. They’ll feel like adults getting to stay up late and celebrate with their favorite people.