Want to herd in the New Year with an old fashioned Cow Bell ringing good time? Well, there are loads of events to choose from. You can find some mighty fine shindigs the young-uns will love and others just for head of the herd. There’s plenty to choose some so what the hay have a ball and have a very Happy and safe New Year!
NEW YEARS EVE
Childrens Adventure Tours (Ages 5+) at the California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
Friday, Dec 31 10:00a.m.
Treat the kids to a special day at the Academy by signing up for a new Children’s Adventure Tour at the Aquarium. They will explore coral reefs, lungfish, flashlight fish, among other fascinating species, and visit to the aquarium’s kitchen, where the animals’ food is prepared each day.
Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square, San Francisco.
Friday, Dec 31, 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Winter in San Francisco wouldn’t be the same without gliding across the ice with family and friends at the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square.
Hiller Aviation Museum New Year’s Eve Celebration, San Carlos
Friday, December 31st, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Face painting, Tree Frog Treks petting zoo, games, bounce house, climbing wall, flight simulation game, live entertainment, balloon drop
Event free with admission
Children’s Discovery Museum – San Jose New Year’s Eve across Time Zones, San Jose
Friday, December 31st 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with a Balloon Drop at 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
Have fun and celebrate the arrival of 2011 with your whole family. You can make your own noise maker, decorate a party hat, and participate in the “countdown to noon across time zones” with family hugs, noisy celebration, and colorful balloon drops! Radio Disney will be on site from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. with fun games, cool music, and awesome prizes.
11th Annual New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop at Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland
Friday, December 31st from 10:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
It all comes down to Earth at this year’s Balloon Drop Celebration. This celebration intends to bring out your child’s inner Climate champion. Celebrate with your kids and the rest of the planet. Three drop times at two locations are available for kids of all ages to party. This year’s event features special prizes for all the kids who make a conscious effort to reuse and reduce.
Palo Alto Senior New Year’s Eve Day Bash at the Oshman Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto.
Friday, December 31st 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lunch, live band, dancing and champagne. Buy pre–sale ($13) tickets at Lucie Stern and Cubberley Community Centers, Avenidas & Oshman Family JCC. Presented by City of Palo Alto. Sponsored by Palo Alto Recreation Foundation and La Comida de California.
San Francisco Duck Tour at 2766 Taylor St., San Francisco.
Friday, December 31st from 11:0 .m. to 1:30 p.m.
See San Francisco from the land and water on an amphibious vehicle from WWII! Highlights on land and sea include Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Ghiradelli Square, Union Square, AT&T Park.
25th Annual Japanese New Year Bell Ringing Ceremony at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.
Friday, December 31st at 11:00 a.m.
Bring your loved ones and literally “ring in” the New Year, Japanese-style. A 2100-lb., 16th-century Japanese bronze bell will be struck 108 times. According to custom, this symbolically welcomes the New Year.
Planetarium show: “Life: A Cosmic Story” at Golden Gate Park: California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco.
Friday, December 31st beginning 11:30 a.m.
The Morrison Planetarium’s newest show asks the question – How did life on Earth begin? It is narrated by two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster. Plays 7-10 times/day.
Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice, San Jose
Friday, December 31st beginning 12:00 p.m.
Ice skate under the stars and palm trees. Downtown Ice has become a holiday tradition and one of the top outdoor skating experiences in the western United States
Rock ‘N Roll Cinderella at the New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco.
Friday, December 31st 2:00 p.m.
This modern Cinderella loves to dance, but her evil stepmother and stepsisters never let her have any fun. Rock ‘N Roll Cinderella incorporates well-known tunes, poofy skirts, and a touch of magic!
TCHO Factory Tour, San Francisco.
Friday, December 31st 2:00 p.m.
This hour-long presentation and factory tour includes an in-depth guided tasting of our flavor-driven, artisan chocolate. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the history of chocolate.
Snow at the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco.
Friday, December. 31st, 1 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m.
Thousands of cascading lights and 45-foot tree and falling snow in the Hyatt Regency’s lobby.
New Year’s Kids Party at SadieDey’s Café, Oakland
Friday, December 31st 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Performing: Diamano Coura West African Dance Company: Drumming, dance lesson and drum parade. Also live music, treats, reindeer games and countdown to “midnight” at 6 p.m. sharp.
Red and White Fleet’s San Francisco California Twilight Cruise, San Francisco
Friday, Deember 31st 5:30 p.m.
Red and White Fleet just launched San Francisco’s only California Twilight Cruise. The two-hour cruise features views of the city’s spectacular nightscape, live guitar entertainment, hearty appetizers and a hot or cold beverage.
New Year’s Eve Ball at the Mall , Hornet Museum, Pier 3, Alameda
Friday, December 31st, 2010 7:30 – 1am
New Year’s Eve Ball, featuring 3 O’Clock Jump. Free dance lessons, three dance floors, food, drinks, and silent auction aboard the aircraft carrier.
Hornblower Cruises & Events, San Francisco
Friday, December 31st, 8 p.m. Pier 3.
Scenic views, dinner, midnight fireworks, open bar, party favors, live music and dancing.
Hornblower Cruises & Events, Berkeley
Friday, December 31st, 2010 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Dinner, drinks, hors d’ouevres, fireworks, views, entertainment and dancing.
Eclectic Fever: A New Year’s Eve Extravaganza & Doctors Without Borders Benefit at West Bay Conference Center, San Francisco
Friday, December 31st 8:00 p.m.
Now in its 4th year, “Eclectic Fever” returns once more and its for a good cause.
New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball With The San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco
Friday, December 31st 9:00 p.m.
Music, masks, and the bubbly and balloons.
Drive safely and soberly. There will be free coffee at Free 7-Eleven Coffee Day beginning 12:01 New Year’s Day including those at:
400 El Camino Real Belmont
975 Rollins Road Burlingame
2700 Bayshore Daly City
293 87th Street Daly City
11 Serra Vista Ave. Daly City
1010 Hillside Blvd. Daly City
77 Newell Rd. East Palo Alto
525 Oak Grove Street Menlo Park
401 El Camino Real Millbrae
137 Manor Drive Pacifica
100 Clarendon Rd. Pacifica
708 Colorado Ave. Palo Alto
401 Waverely Street Palo Alto
460 Woodside Road Redwood City
400 El Camino Real Redwood City
895 5th Ave. Redwood City
1700 Broadway Redwood City
2020 Rollingwood San Bruno
105 W. Angus Ave. San Bruno
2100 Crestmoor Dr. San Bruno
1080 Holly Street San Carlos
678 Concar Drive San Mateo
600 E. Third Avenue San Mateo
11 Laurie Meadows Dr. San Mateo
NEW YEARS DAY and weekend
Main Stage Concert #1: Bottoms Up St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Palo Alto
Saturday, January 1st at 3:00 p.m.
Celebrate the New Year with two soloists 16-year cello sensation, Nathan Chan, and bass player, Michel Taddei. Plus lyric soprano Anja Strauss as the most beautiful “ugly duckling” you’ve ever seen!
New Year’s Day Comedy Celebration at Bluz By You, Santa Clara
Saturday, January 1st at 9:00 p.m.
Comedian, actor, and writer Mo Davis is Originally from New Orleans, La.
7th Annual Holiday LEGO Show – Museum of American Heritage, Palo Alto
Sunday, January 2nd at 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Bay Area LEGO Users Group and Train Club (BayLUG/BayLTC) and the Museum of American Heritage present the 7th Annual “Living LEGO-cy” Holiday LEGO Train and Creation Exhibit at the Museum in Palo Alto. It features a variety of amazing and innovative LEGO Creations, and LEGO trains running through familiar city, farm, and suburban scenes