While typically considered a holiday largely for adults, ringing in the new year isn't solely for the 18-and-up age group. In fact, Houston has quite a few festivities lined up for kids and the whole family on New Year's Eve. Whether it's making a special trip down to Kemah Boardwalk to watch fireworks over the water, or heading to the ever-popular Children's Museum of Houston to enjoy a more traditional balloon drop and "Noon" Year's countdown, there's something for everyone on this list of family-friendly New Year's Eve activities.
This post is being updated for 2017.
High Noon Countdown Squared - The Woodlands
The Woodlands Children's Museum
4775 W Panther Creek Drive
There are two opportunities to ring in the New Year in north Houston this year at the annual High Noon Countdown Squared hosted by The Woodlands Children's Museum. There is a balloon and confetti drop at noon, and if a later start date works better for your family, the fun starts all over again after the first party concludes and continues until the second drop at 3 p.m. Live music, arts and crafts, bubble wrap dancing, noisemakers, and more make this a New Year's bash for the books.
Rockin' New Year's Noon Bash - Downtown
Children's Museum of Houston
1500 Binz, Houston
The kids don't have to stay up until midnight to partake in the New Year's Eve countdown when you head to the Children's Museum of Houston. Instead, countdown to 12 p.m. at the Rockin' New Year's Noon Bash. This party is one the kids don't want to miss. The museum promises an array of festive crafts, a dance party, live music, an outdoor ball drop in the courtyard and an indoor ball drop in the auditorium at noon, and a dance party afterward to ensure an afternoon of New Year's Eve fun.
Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of Houston
Sharkey's New Year's Eve Party - Downtown
410 Bagby St.
Spend New Year's Eve celebrating with Sharkey at the Downtown Aquarium where there are all sorts of festive fun for the kids to enjoy, such as a balloon drop, bird show, and photos with Sharkey and Nero. All-day adventure passes are included with buffet purchase.
Rockin' New Year Wonderweek - Sugar Land
Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center
Head to the Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center all week for New Year Celebrations, including games, crafts, and entertainment, and on the 31st enjoy a New Year party. The center closes at 3 p.m. on New Year's Eve and is closed New Year's Day.
Photo courtesy of Downtown Aquarium
Conroe's Incredible Pizza NYE Party - Conroe
Incredible Pizza Company
230 S. Loop 336 W.
Unlimited fun at Incredible Pizza is just $25 for its New Year's Eve Party. Party-goers can take advantage of an all-you-can-eat buffet, New Year's countdown at 8 p.m., and a sparkling cider toast. Various attractions, and most video games, tickets and prizes are included in the $25 fee.
New Year's Eve Historical Bash - Richmond
George Ranch Historical Park
10215 FM 762, Richmond
Step back in time at George Ranch Historical Park by attending the park's New Year's Eve Historical Bash. Historical mask-making, assembling noise-makers, learning the dos and don't's of "first footing," and a noon countdown at the 1830s Jones Stock Farm Site are some of the notable New Year's attractions. New Year's Eve is also the last day of "Christmas in the Park," so families have one final opportunity to learn about holiday traditions from the 1830s through the 1930s.
Photo courtesy of George Ranch Historical Park
TopGolf New Year's Eve Celebration
Various locations around Houston. Find one closest to you here.
If you're looking for something different to do this New Year's Eve, gather up a crew of family and friends and reserve a bay at TopGolf. This is no ordinary round of golf on a regular day, and on New Year's Eve TopGolf is pulling out all the stops with live entertainment, a chef-inspired menu, and lots of music and dancing.
New Year's Eve Family Celebration - Kemah
215 Kipp Ave., Kemah
Ring in the New Year boardwalk-style by heading down to Kemah for myriad festivities and fun. In addition to Kemah's regular attractions, families can also enjoy live music in the plaza throughout the evening as well as an impressive fireworks display at 10 p.m. This is a New Year's celebration fit for the family.
Photo courtesy of Landry's, Inc.
Noon Years Eve - West Houston
Memorial City Mall
303 Memorial City Way
Celebrate the New Year at Memorial City Mall. You'll find games, face painting, and more fun near the ice skating rink and big fireplace. There will be a balloon drop and a lemonade toast right at noon.
Top photo courtesy of Landry's, Inc.