So Long, 2021! 9 Virtual Events to Ring in the New Year with Your Kids

Let’s celebrate the end of 2021! If you are looking for things to do at home this New Year’s Eve, we’ve got all the suggestions for you. From parties with your favorite kid entertainers like the Story Pirates, to virtual balloon drops and a new year’s eve story time, we’ve got a full day of fun for you right here. Get your party hats on and get ready to celebrate 2022!


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Asian Art Museum

36th Annual Bell Ringing Ceremony
Celebrate the new year with San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. In addition to the traditional blessing by Reverend Akiba, the chanting of the Heart Sutra, and the purifying 108 rings of a Buddhist temple bell, this year’s event also includes a look behind the scenes of the preparation activities at Kojin-an. We will learn about the meditative process of cleaning the temple, special seasonal decorations and foods and New Year tea practices. 11 a.m. PT. Event details

Noon Year’s Eve Story Time
Kids can enjoy stories and music before counting down to the new year. They’ll also have a blast having a virtual dance party!  11 a.m. PT. Event details

Virtual NYE Balloon Drop Celebration
Continuing a 20-year Bay Area tradition, the original Balloon Drop at Chabot Space & Science Center returns virtually with a colorful daytime countdown. To mark the occasion, Chabot will ring in the New Year with a Virtual Balloon Drop New Year Celebration. The event will include exciting STEM activities, a dance party, a family-friendly toast and the classic live balloon drop spectacle. 11 a.m. PT. Event details

Story Pirates

DJ Squirm-a-Lot’s New Years Eve Bash
Your favorite Story Pirates DJ is planning a huge party to ring in 2022! This party will involve story creation, songs, games and special guests. Join this exciting New Year’s Eve party that will be hosted from the moon! 12 p.m. PT. Event details

New Philharmonic Concert with the MAC
College of DuPage’s McAninch Arts Center is ready to help you ring in 2022 with New Philharmonic and Maestro Kirk Muspratt. Introduce the kids to Strauss waltzes and polkas, arias, light classical, pop tunes and movie music via a livestreamed concert. 1:30 p.m. PT. Event details

New Year’s at the Needle
The Space Needle will usher in 2022 with a sensational and innovative new show for T-Mobile New Year’s at the Needle. This year’s celebration will feature striking visuals in a wondrous display of digital effects, engineered to bring you bigger thrills than ever before–all safely from the comfort of home. 11:35 p.m. PT. Event details. 

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Times Square’s NYE Live
Times Square New Year’s Eve host and street correspondents will provide live, commercial-free, webcast coverage of the festivities leading up to the Ball Drop at midnight including the lighting and raising of the New Year’s Eve Ball at 6 p.m. EST, hourly countdowns, live musical performances, special guests and the pushing of the Waterford Crystal button that signals the Ball Drop at midnight. 3 p.m. PT. Event details

Rockin’ Rockfish Noon Year’s Eve
Celebrate the beginning of a new year with the Seattle Aquarium’s Rockin’ Rockfish Noon Year’s Eve! Gather the family to enjoy the full New Year’s Eve experience without staying up past bedtime. Join in this free virtual event featuring music from Mikey the Rad Scientist, a dance party, fun facts about how the animals in our care are spending the holiday, a count down at noon and more. 11:30 a.m. PT. Event details

THE FOUR C NOTES Virtual Performance
THE FOUR C NOTES are back for New Year’s Eve after last year’s sold-out concerts! Created by John Michael Coppola, best known for his appearance in Chicago’s long-running production of the Broadway, smash hit Jersey Boys, The Four C Notes are the Midwest’s only tribute dedicated to recreating the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons! Event details

—Taylor Clifton & Kate Loweth

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