1. Carmel Valley Ranch
Located in beautiful Carmel, California, Carmel Valley Ranch has dedicated their property to play. That's right - they want to you play as a family and enjoy your time together - especially on New Year's. This year, kick off the evening with s'mores and then enjoy an early family-friendly celebration buffet and party that wraps at 9 pm. Then, welcome 2016 with a Holiday Burn-Off Family Hike on New Year's Day plus a Happy, Hungry, Healthy New Year's Cooking Class.
2. LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND has figured out how to do New Year's Eve as a family. Ring in 2016 at the high-energy Kids’ New Year’s Eve celebration, which features a LEGO brick-drop countdown to midnight Kid Standard Time (that’s 7 p.m. to moms and dads), a kid-centric dance party with a live DJ spinning pop music hits and a dazzling fireworks display to end the year with a bang.
Photos courtesy of LEGOLAND Florida
3. San Antonio, Texas
The folks of San Antonio love ringing in the new year so much, they are doing it twice! Starting with a kid-friendly "Noon Year's Eve," where kids can dance, do crafts and watch the ball drop at noon. Throw in some noisemakers, festive hats and a sparkling juice toast and it sounds like a perfect way to start the new year with your kids. Once the sun goes down, the celebration continues with multiple musical acts, great food, carnival rides and fireworks at midnight - all ages welcome!
Photo courtesy of Hotel Cascada
5. Great Wolf Lodge - Grapevine, TX
Howl in the new year with activities all evening: face painting, balloon twisting, games and prizes, crafts, magic shows, a DJ dance party and a midnight balloon drop with Wiley the Wolf and friends! Plus, head over to The Loose Moose for a NYE family buffet that won't break the holiday budget!
Photo courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge