It's almost time to ring in the New Year! Can you believe 2023 is almost here already? Crazy, right…
Whether you are looking to go out, party at home, or both, we've got you covered. Here are some of OUR FAVORITE family-friendly activities for kids of all ages so you can enjoy having an awesome New Year's Eve in New Orleans with kids!
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Countdown to NOON
These special events are a great way for the entire family to countdown the new year at noon on December 31st instead of at midnight. This way the young children can have their “midnight celebration” before the big night.
Louisiana Children's Museum
Start the “New Year” off with a fun day for the whole family at the Louisiana Children’s Museum located in New Orleans City Park complete with confetti, bubbles, DIY crafts, and more. Ticket prices are $13 for LCM Members and $23 for non-members.
Children's Museum of St. Tammany
Children’s Museum of St. Tammany, located at 21404 Koop Drive, Mandeville, LA, is also counting down the Near Year at noon with a balloon release and live entertainment by local musicians the Imagination Movers! General admission tickets start at $25 and a VIP ticket is $75 and includes a meet and greet with the Movers!
Children's Discovery Center
Head to Hammond, LA to the Children’s Discovery Center to countdown the New Year at noon with confetti, a bubble wrap stomp, and a special arts and crafts activity. Regular admission and house (10 am – 3 pm).
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
If you are up to a drive to Gulfport, Mississippi, then you should check out the NOON Year's Countdown at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. Enjoy a DJ playing live music, snacks, a New Year’s craft, falling confetti, and a ball drop at noon all included with museum admission!
Enjoy A Early Free Fireworks Show
True Life Church in Slidell, LA is hosting New Year's Eve fireworks for families. Bring your blankets and chairs. The fireworks show starts at 7 pm.
Jump into the New Year
Defy New Orleans is open from 9 am – 3 pm and SkyZone Metairie is open from 9 am to 9 pm.
Play Laser Tag
Adventure Quest will be open from 4-11 pm.
AMF Bowling in Kenner is open from noon – 1 am with special packages to ring in the New Year
Catch a Movie:
Catch a movie with the family at one of our many local cinemas. Buy your tickets before you leave the house on Fandango.
Home Sweet Home
Don't want to venture out? Sometimes the best place to celebrate is at home! Make it a night to remember for children of all ages with a themed event in your PJs or play dress up. Create your own time frame by using on-demand countdowns with favorite characters or with different time zones.
- Have a “mocktail” party with DIY tiaras, party favors, party hats, confetti eggs, noisemakers, and a photo booth. Top it off with a make-your-own dessert bar and a specialty “mocktail” for “champagne toast” and don't forget the tunes or watch Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve on TV and have a front-row seat to the ball drop in Times Square at the stroke of midnight
- Have a Camp-in…Build a Fort, reminisce about the year by flashlight, make s' mores, and create a touch & feel box.
- Make it a Movie Night!!! Watch your favorite Christmas movies to prolong the holiday season!
Make a Time Capsule
No New Year's Eve is complete without a TIME CAPSULE! Collect memorabilia and special items from the year, take photos, write down some resolutions, throw in some “what I am thankful for” notes, seal them up in a container of your choosing (I like mason jars), and decorate.