Ring in the Noon-Year!
Countdown to the new year with your kiddos at noon instead of midnight! This fun trend means that your kids (and you) don’t have to stay up late … unless you want to!
Thinkery Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Drop & Bubble Wrap Stomp
The Thinkery will host two different celebration times for you and your family to ring in the New Year; 9 a.m.-noon (drop & stomp at 11 a.m.) and 1-4 p.m. (drop & stomp at 3 p.m.). Each celebration will include three simultaneous balloon drops and bubble wrap stomps; two downstairs for young revelers of all ages and one upstairs exclusively for toddlers. All party-goers can enjoy music, winter crafts, the Texas “snowball” arena, and experience special performances during each 3-hour celebration. Tickets required for all attendees.
Where: Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $20/members; $25 nonmembers: $20
More information: https://my.thinkeryaustin.org/1377/2455
PlayMazing will welcome 2020 with hourly dance parties (featuring a bubble machine), photo booth complete with props, games, crafts, bubble wrap stomp, giveaways, raffles, and more! All activities are included in the price of admission. Festivities will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with the balloon drop at noon.
Where: PlayMazing Austin: 13450 N Highway 183, Suite 107; PlayMazing Round Rock: 1401 S Interstate 35, Suite 130
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; balloon drop at noon
Cost: $7-14; first two adults are free
More information: www.playmazing.fun/
In addition to video games and pinball machines, Pinballz will have a balloon drop, crafts, and prizes for all party goers. Tickets are $10 and do not include arcade games. Parties will take place at three locations: The Original Pinballz, Pinballz Lake Creek, and Pinballz Kingdom in Buda.
Where: The Original Pinballz, 8940 Research Blvd.; Pinballz Lake Creek, 13729 Research, Blvd.; Pinballz Kingdom, 15201 IH 35 S., Buda
Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $10 per child
More information: www.pinballzarcade.com/event/arcade-noon-years/
Austin Aquarium Noon Year’s Eve Party
Ring in the noon year with your favorite marine friends! The Austin Aquarium’s kid-friendly celebration will feature a balloon drop. The event is free with paid admission.
Where: Austin Aquarium, 13530 US 183 #101
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: Adults $15.95; Children $10.95
More information: https://austinaquarium.com/
Noon Year’s Eve at the Austin Public Library
This bedtime-friendly celebration features all things that go pop! Party-goers will be treated to crafts, games, and fun for the whole family. Party with the St. John’s Branch or Hampton Branch at Oak Hill.
Where: APL St. John’s Branch: 7500 Blessing Ave.; APL Hampton Branch at Oak Hill: 5125 Convict Hill Rd.
Time: 11 a.m
More information: http://library.austintexas.gov/
Georgetown Public Library
Countdown to noon with the Georgetwon Public Library. The celebration features a dance party, balloon drop, and snacks!
Where: Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th St.
Time: 11:30 a.m.
More information: https://library.georgetown.org/
Lake Travis Community Library
Toast the new year by creating hats and noisemakers. Children’s performer Joe McDermott will help revelers celebrate!
Where: Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd.
Time: 11 a.m.
More information: https://laketravislibrary.org/