Kids and their families can celebrate the New Year — and get to bed on time — at these fun San Diego events!
New Year’s Eve at the Living Coast Discovery Center: Join the fun on December 31st, 2015 as the Living Coast Discovery Center rings in the New Year in style. You’ll celebrate with the East Coast ball drop at 9:00 p.m. California time (midnight on the other side of the country). This event will feature a hot chocolate bar with fresh baked cookies and treats; a toast at “midnight” (9:00 p.m. PST/ 12:00 a.m. EST); wildlife animal encounters; fun family souvenir photo to ring in 2016; a kid’s room with arts and crafts, kid-friendly movies, and animals; a teen/adult room with music, games, and band karaoke competition; and a New Year’s Eve party room (fun for all ages) with karaoke, games, food, and photobooth. Don’t forget to bundle up for trail walks to see the stars on San Diego Bay, and to visit with the wildlife at the Living Coast (the owls and sharks are more active after dark!). The Living Coast Discovery Center inspires care and exploration of the living Earth by connecting people with coastal animals, plants and habitats. It showcases the unique animals and plants of Southern California. Located just six miles south of downtown San Diego, the Center sits on the 316-acre Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. The Living Coast aquariums are home to Moray eels, Leopard sharks, stingrays, and other marine life found in San Diego Bay. The Living Coast is not a natural history museum. Rescued birds thrive at exhibits like Raptor Row and Eagle Mesa. Owls, roadrunners and eagles are just a few of its resident native birds. The Living Coast Discovery Center is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing environmental education on coastal resource conservation, and instilling a respect for nature and wildlife in people of all ages.
Kids’ New Year’s Eve at Legoland: “Midnight” comes early for families at Legoland California Resort celebrating the new year together without missing their bedtimes. Legoland California re-creates the Times Square ball drop with a giant Lego brick falling 22 feet in the air, Grammy-nominated artists will lead the countdown for San Diego’s largest kids’ New Year’s Eve party. Join in the festivities with party hats and special glasses for viewing fireworks. The party concludes just in time for the countdown at 6 p.m. with a fireworks display illuminating the sky and providing a great ending to an amazing year. Legoland California is a 128-acre park geared specifically towards youngsters ages 2 – 12. With over 60 family rides, “hands-on” attractions and shows, Legoland California provides education, adventure and fun in this first park of its kind in the United States. The Lego Group is a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company is still owned by the Kirk Kristiansen family who founded it in 1932. It is the Lego philosophy that ‘good quality play’ enriches a child’s life – and lays the foundation for later adult life. They believe that play is a key element in children’s growth and development and stimulates the imagination and the emergence of ideas and creative expression. All Lego products are based on this underlying philosophy of learning and development through play.