10+ Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve In New Orleans With Kids

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Christmas is overish and now it’s time to ring in the New Year! Can you believe 2019 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 plans you can enjoy to have an awesome New Orleans New Year’s Eve with kids!  

Sponsored by the YMCA of Greater New Orleans 

NOLA Christmas Fest 

Ice skate into the Convention Center and keep Holiday Cheer alive for the last day of NOLA Christmas Fest! Hop on a carnival ride to meet Santa or visit the Gingerbread House Exhibit. Cost is $20 a person and includes all rides and ice skating and activities. 

Countdown to NOON

Start the “New Year” off with a cheer at the Louisiana Children’s Museum complete with confetti, balloon drop, DIY crafts, and more. Cost is $8 for LCM Members and $12 for non members. 

 Zoo Year’s Eve

Celebrate with music, games, prizes, & noise makers!! Countdown and toast with your Pepsi at noon at Audubon Zoo’s Zoo Year’s Eve Celebration all for the cost of a zoo admission, so if you’re a Audubon Member this even is “free”. 

Have a Ball!

Cinderella is having a Royal New Year’s Eve Ball and you’re invited. There will be food, drinks and fun with Cinderella, Prince Charming and the Royal Court from 10am-12:30pm at English Turn Country Club. Tickets start at $44 per person.

Rock In the New Year

We Rock the Spectrum is having a Rockin Noon Year’s Eve Celebration from 10am – 1pm at their Esplanade Mall location. Cost is $10 per person if purchased by 12/30 and $12 per person at the door.

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Jump into the New Year

Sector 6 and Adventure Quest will both be open from 9am – 9pm.

Play Laser Tag

Laser Tag and Games in Metairie is open NOON-8pm and Adventure Quest will be open from 11-9pm.

Go Bowling

AMF Bowling in Kenner is open from 9am – 1 am.

Catch a Movie:

Catch a movie with the family at one of our many local cinemas.  Mary Poppins Returns, Wreck It Ralph 2, The Grinch, Spiderman and Aquaman are playing, just to name a few. Go ahead you know you want to! Buy your tickets before you leave the house on Fandango (this is an affiliate link, Pint-Sized Cities makes a small commission – at no cost to you,  when you use this link.)

New Year’s Eve Lock In

6th-12th graders can go have fun at Connect Church in Algiers for their New Year’s Eve Lock in. Fireworks, games, food, and fun will be provided for FREE.

Home Sweet Home

Don’t want to venture out? Awesome, FUN is what you bring with you! Make it a night to remember with a themed event in your PJ’s or play dress up. Create your own time frame by using on demand countdowns with favorite characters or with different time zones.

     Try a “mocktail” party with DIY tiaras, party hats, confetti eggs, noise makers, and photobooth. Top it off with a make your own dessert bar and a specialty “mocktail” for toasting and don’t forget the tunes.

     Have a Camp-in…Build a Fort, reminisce about the year by flashlight, make s’mores, create a touch & feel box.

     Make it a Movie Night!!! Christmas movies to prolong the holiday spirit maybe? 

For more ideas on how to party it up New Year’s Eve Style check out our Pinterest board

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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. Now you truly have a night to remember. Happy New Year!

Did we miss any New Orleans New Years Eve With Kids Fun? Let us know in the comments!


About the YMCA of Greater New Orleans

The YMCA of Greater New Orleans began in 1852 to assist in the yellow fever epidemic. More than 165 years later, we are still more than just a gym — we’re a cause. As one of the nation’s largest and most trusted non-profits we work with individuals and families, organizations and communities, to help people live well, reduce their risk for chronic disease, and reclaim their health. We are the 5th oldest YMCA in the country, and for more than a century, our mission has been to provide critical programs that build a healthy body, mind, and spirit for all. With a focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility, the Y responds to society’s most pressing needs by developing innovative, community-based solutions, and uniting people from all walks of life to work for positive social change.

Our 5 branches serve as wellness centers, family centers, and community centers in Belle Chasse, Lower Plaquemines (Port Sulphur and Buras), East Jefferson and Covington. Beyond these community campuses, our Y’s mission-critical programs include: the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, which helps individuals with prediabetes reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes; YMCA Educational Services (YES!), our adult literacy and workforce development program; YMCA Children’s Unified Benefits and Services (Y CUBS), which works to improve the lives of children living with autism; the Car Seat Safety Outreach program, our vehicle-occupant, safety-education program that provides car seats to low-income families within our Hispanic, immigrant, and refugee communities; and H2Geaux, the Y’s free, mobile, water-safety and –survival course.

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About the Author

Cara was born in Florida but raised in New Orleans. After living in New Orleans for over 30 years, the beach called her back home. She now lives in Pensacola, FL in her almost beach house. Cara is married to her high school sweetheart and they have 2 kids and 3 dogs. Cara loves all things Disney, the British Royal Family and photography. When she's not working or driving her dancer to 50000 dance classes a week she can be found at the beach!

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