New Year’s Eve is not just for grownups – not even in New Orleans. Here are five fun ways to say “bienvenue” (welcome) to 2018 in NOLA with your little ones. If you play it right, you can have a great day with the kids and still get home in time to pick up the babysitter and go out on the town.
Zoo Year's Eve
Take your party animals to the Audubon Zoo for music from The Pop Princesses, games, and a countdown to twelve noon with a Pepsi toast. Learn more.
Your little ones will love the Countdown to Noon at the Louisiana Children’s Museum, featuring live music from the Blu Kru Brass Band. Activities include making noisemakers and paper bag hats and a New Year's countdown with a confetti drop and a balloon release.Learn more.
Celebrate the stroke of twelve Cinderella Style (without losing your shoe) at Cinderella’s Masquerade Ball. Toast 2018 at noon with Cinderella, Prince Charming and their Royal Court with dancing, brunch and drinks (champagne for the adults), mask making, and an enchanting musical stage production. Come dressed in your best royal formal attire. Learn more.
End the New Year with a Mardi Gras-style parade in the French Quarter. The Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade begins at the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street at 2:30 p.m. Learn more.
The last day of NOLA Christmas Fest is New Year’s Eve (it will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. that day). Take your family to the New Orleans Convention Center for indoor ice skating, ice sliding, bouncing on giant inflatables and more. Learn more.