First Night Alexandria is the best New Year's Eve celebration in the Washington, DC region for families with kids under 12! Tickets are only $20 per person (13 years and older) if you buy before December 13, and kids under 12 get in FREE! Beginning December 14 through the 31st, the price is $30.
New Year's Eve Ideas for Families with Young Kids
2 p.m. – Start the day at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and pick up a First Night Alexandria Fun Hunt clue sheet before setting off on a scavenger hunt adventure around Old Town. Not into scavenger hunts? Partake in interactive art activities in the Torpedo Factory’s great hall and The Art League Gallery or explore Alexandria’s past in the Alexandria Archeology Museum. Also in the main hall visit animals available for adoption from the Animal Welfare Lague of Alexandria!
6 p.m. – Beside the Durant Arts Center is the Jefferson Houston School, where families are invited to delight in festivities like model sailboat making, carnival games, ThinkFun games, a moon bounce and other kiddie carnival games from 3:00 and 9:00 p.m.
OR - If you live in or near Del Ray and want to avoid the craziness of Old Town, take the kids to the Mount Vernon Recreation Center for an Old Fashioned Carnival from 6:00-9:00 pm!
7 p.m. – Return to the Durant Arts Center for a free shuttle to the George Washington Masonic Memorial, where you’ll find activities like face painting, balloon sculptures by friendly clowns, music and dancing.
Midnight – Head outside and view the fireworks bursting over the Potomac River!
- King Street Blues (kids 12 and younger eat free; one kids meal with each adult meal of $9 or more)
- Waterfront Market
For more hotel and restaurant suggestions visit Alexandria's Tourism Office