Kid-Friendly New Year's Eve Activities in Houston

Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Houston with the Whole family

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Looking for a few ideas for New Year's Eve that focus less on champagne toasting and late night galavanting and more on apple cider and pizza buffets? Well, Houston (and its surrounding areas) are stuffed with ways to celebrate New Year's Eve with the family. Here are some of the best kid-friendly activities in the Houston area for families to ring in the new year — and still be home and in bed by midnight.


Sharkey’s New Year’s Eve Party at the Downtown Aquarium

In the afternoon on December 31, you and your family can head out to the Downtown Aquarium for a buffet, pictures with Sharkey, a bird show, contests, giveaways and — of course — a balloon drop. Reservations are required, so be sure to call ahead. 

410 Bagby Street
Houston, Texas 77002

New Year's Eve at the Children's Museum

The Children's Museum is another place that's offering their countdown at noon, complete with a ball drop. Along with plenty of kid-focused activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., don't miss the indoor parade at 11:30 a.m., led by the High Steppers, a New Orleans-style brass band, as well as the DJ after party in the afternoon.

1500 Binz Street
Houston, TX 77004

Moody Garden's Festival of Lights

If you wanna kick it with Santa while listening to live music and getting a little bit of shopping done, head on out to Moody Gardens.

This event is actually going on up until New Year's Eve, so feel free to head out there beforehand.

One Hope Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77554

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston 

A family could easily spend the whole of the day exploring the many activities and events happening inside the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

On New Year's Eve, families can create their own masterpieces, watching family-friendly videos and talks given by the museum's docents. Most of the galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with activities scheduled throughout the day. 

1001 Bissonnet
Houston, Texas 77005

Houston Zoo Lights

If your family didn't get a chance to go to Houston Zoo Lights earlier in the holiday season (or even if you did), it's a great way to get everyone up and outside. At 6 p.m., the park converts to a twinkling winter wonderland with thousands of holiday lights decorating nearly every inch of the park. There won't be any ball drop or big brass bands, but it's a great way to spend the evening with the family. 

6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, Texas 77030