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New Year’s Eve: Best family-friendly New Year’s Eve parties for kids

Eloise Nelson

17 December 2020

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Love New Year’s Eve, but your little ones can never stay awake for midnight? We’ve got just the solution! We’ve gathered up a list of the best family New Year’s Eve parties, so you and your kids don’t have to miss out on the fun and games. The best thing about some of these events is that they make their own midnight, so New Year’s with kids has never been easier, or more fun. So put on your best party gear and celebrate 2020, and be home for bedtime, it’s a win-win for us!

  1. Coventry Cathedral, Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave: Circus, Coventry, West Midlands

    31st December 2019 14:00 - 16:00

    With their very own special ‘midnight moment’, you’ll definitely get all the New Years Eve feels at Coventry Cathedral. There’s even a DJ to get you and your little party goers excited for the new year!

    With an awesome circus theme, your mini dancers will get to show off their epic move on the dance floor, plus there’s room for you to dance it out too! Perfect for little ones with an early bedtime, you’ll get to see out the year and be home for bedtime, so your family don’t have to miss out on all the fun.

  2. Ashton Court Estate, Junior Jungle’s Massive NYE House Party, Bristol, Somerset and Bristol

    31st December 2019 12:00pm - 16:30

    Love fancy dress? Well put your fashion skills to the test at this family New Year’s Eve party at Ashton Court Estate, because the theme is Intergalactic Space Zoo! This futuristic party is packed full of fun, and spread out across 5 epic rooms, so you and your little ones will have plenty of space to party.

    You’ll find all your favourite party things here, including a ball pit, bouncy castle and soft play, and the world tallest bubbleologist! Plus there will be some great kid friendly music so your little dancers can get moving to all their favourite tunes.

  3. Mr Mulligan’s Stevenage, Fantastic Family NYE, Stevenage, Hertfordshire

    31st December 2019 19:00 - 23:00

    Mr Mulligan’s Stevenage is a great spot for a family New Year's Eve party, with a little bit of a twist. Send off 2019 with a game of unlimited mini-golf, and there’s even a 10pm countdown for the kids so they can celebrate 2020.

    There’s arts and craft, a treasure hunt and some great party games on hand to give you the best new years eve possible, plus your little ones will be treated to a soft drink or a slush (don’t worry, there’s a glass of bubbles for you too!). Want a little bit more? There’s some free balloons for all the kids to take home.

  4. The Rainbow Factory, Disney New Year’s Eve Party, Leeds, West Yorkshire

    31st December 2019 10:00 - 12:00, 12:00 - 14:00, 14:00 - 16:00

    Kids will love this New Year’s Eve Party at The Rainbow Factory, and they’ll get to see off 2019 with all their favourite film characters! Celebrate New Year’s Eve as a family, and get home for tea time, perfect, right?

    There’s two hours packed full of fun, and your little ones will get to not only meet their favourite film characters and enjoy some delicious party food, but also play some awesome party games, sing and dance! Now that sounds like a family New Year’s Eve Party to us.

  5. Life Science Centre, New Year’s Eve Family Party, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

    31st December 2019 12:00 - 16:00

    If you live near Newcastle upon Tyne and you’re looking for a great New Year's Eve family event near you, then you’re in luck. At the Life Science Centre you’ve got the opportunity to dress in your favourite party outfit because it’s fancy dress, sounds great right?

    Things kick off at the kid friendly midnight (that’s midday to you and me), and the event features a bubble disco, face painting, and of course, party games and party music. Your little party goers will also get to take home Life Science Centre goodies!

  6. Cantref Adventure Farm, New Year’s Eve Party, Brecon, Powys

    31st December 2019 10:30 - 16:00

    Have a special New Year’s Eve countdown that the whole family can join in with! That is, the special countdown to 12:00 noon at Cantref Adventure Farm.

    Along with all the other farmyard fun you get from a day out at Cantref Adventure Farm, you’ll also get some fantastic party games and tasty party food, along with the family-friendly early countdown. What better way to see off 2019 and greet 2020 that with the whole family, plus be home in time for bed time?

  7. Swadlincote Snowsports Centre, New Year’s Eve Family Party, Swadlincote, Derbyshire

    31st December 2019 19:00 - 00:45

    If you’re looking for a great family New Year's party, then look no further. Swadlincote Snowsports Centre is offering you an awesome party, complete with a disco, yummy food, plus a glass of juice for the kids at midnight, and yes, there will be prosecco for the grown-ups!

    You’ll get to party the night away at the family-friendly disco, and if your feet get tired, you can return to your reserved seat. The best thing about it? You can kick off 2020 with a fantastic family day out, because you’ll get given two toboggan rides to use at a later date.

  8. Wacky Warehouse - The Star, NYE Party, Burnley, Lancashire

    31st December 2019 16:00 - 20:00

    Looking for a magical New Year’s Eve party? Head down to Wacky Warehouse at The Star, where your little ones will get to see off 2019 at a kid-friendly time with the help of magician Tommy Tinker!

    There’s a wondrous magic show that will leave everyone speechless and some wonderful balloon modelling for the little ones, so they’ll get to join in on the magic-making. Plus, there’s some delicious hot food and juice for them, so they’ll be fed and entertained, brilliant, right?

  9. Chessington World of Adventures, New Year’s Eve Party, Chessington, Greater London

    Overnight stay with a Junior Midnight at 21:00

    The family New Year’s Eve Party at Chessington World of Adventure is excellent in more than one way, because you’ll also get a bed to rest your head for the night, as well as a disco, magician, and face painting!

    With a special Junior Midnight at 9:00pm, they’ll be plenty of opportunities for your kids to party their way into 2020. There’s photobooths to capture these special memories, giant games to play, and animal meet and greets. Kids gone to bed? Head down to the Adults DJ night and have your own party!

  10. Godstone Farm, New Year Kids’ Party, Godstone, Surrey

    28th, 29th, 30th, 31st December and 1st January

    It’s a non stop party at Godstone Farm! Well, for five days anyway. Have a New Year’s Eve family party at the farm, where you’ll get to meet all your farmyard friends, plus loads of extra fun and games.

    Your little ones won’t miss out on the fun with the pretend countdowns, and there’s plenty of fun and games to keep them going until this special midnight. There will be special guest character appearances, and your little ones can even get their face painted for the big event.

  11. Old Down Country Park, Family New Year’s Eve Party, Bristol, Somerset and Bristol

    31st December 2019 19:00 - 23:59

    Love a good disco? Well New Year’s Eve at Old Down Country Park is definitely for you, because the theme is all about discos and glitter! There’s a whole heap of super fun activities for you and your little ones to see out 2019.

    Let your little ones jump about on the bouncy castle or get hands on at the crafts station. Dance away at the disco, and when your little ones are getting a bit tired from all that groovy dancing, sit back and relax with the cinema screen showing all the kid’s favourite films. Oh, and did we mention the face painting and glitter?

  12. The National Piping Centre, The Wee Hogmanay Party, Glasgow, Glasgow and Strathclyde

    29th - 30th December 2019 17:00 - 20:00

    Kids don’t want to miss out on New Year’s Eve? At The Wee Hogmanay Party, they’ll be treated to a special family-friendly celebration, including a delicious party food buffet!

    It may happen a few days before 2019 draws to an end, but that doesn’t make it any less special. You and your little ones will even get to take part in the classic tradition of singing out Auld Langs Aye when the bells toll at ‘midnight’, plus the Scottish delicacy of Haggis!

We hope you’ve found a great New Year’s Eve family party near you, and here’s to a fantastic 2020 filled with wonderful family days memories! Looking for more inspiration? Check out these other great blogs for some ideas:

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Eloise Nelson

17 December 2020


Eloise is an Online Content Executive at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from beautiful Somerset and now living in Birmingham, she can often be found enjoying the outdoors or exploring new places.