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Top Events in Perth for Families on New Year’s Eve
Ahhhhh, New Year's Eve. It's that one night of the year when people go a little too crazy with the sparkling wine and wake up on the first day of a brand new year feeling hideous.
Things change dramatically when you have children, and staying out past midnight just seems too hard. But having kids doesn't mean you should avoid New Year's Eve altogether – in fact, they become the perfect excuse to get yourself home well before midnight and avoid the general madness that is happening outside. Here are the top five family-friendly events happening around Perth.
Streets Happy Zoo Year 2016 at Perth Zoo
This child-friendly event is packed with activities for the youngest members of the family. You can pay a visit to some of the zoo's nocturnal animals, meet owl pals Hoot and Hootabelle from Giggle and Hoot and travel to Neverland with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell. It's going to be a fun filled night of magic and adventure! You can buy tickets here. Address: 20 Labouchere Road, South Perth. Time: 5pm to 9pm. Cost: From $14.25, infants free. Website: perthzoo.wa.gov.au
Happy Zoo Year!
Kings Park and Botanic Garden Kings Park and Botanic Garden will host a smoke-free, alcohol-free and glass-free event for NYE. Bring a picnic and enjoy the awesome Perth sunset with a picnic before the fireworks display to bring in the New Year. Address: Fraser Avenue, Perth. Time: 6pm to 1am. Cost: Free. Website: bgpa.wa.gov.au
The Vines Café is offering plenty of kid's activities and fun for the final evening of 2016. Tuck into a delicious pizza buffet from 6pm then grab the kids and boogey on over to the dance floor as the Vine's resident DJ pumps out the tunes from 7pm. The NYE countdown and ball drop will take place at 10pm – perfect if you're keen to avoid the messiness of the midnight stampede home. Address: 51 Verdelho Drive, The Vines Time: 6pm to 10pm Cost: $45 for adults, $35 for kids aged five to 12. Website: facebook.com
New Years Eve Celebrations, Rockingham Foreshore Suited to children aged six and over, this free family-friendly, smoke and alcohol free event along the Rockingham Foreshore promises live entertainment from Taxiride's Jason Singh, The Choirboys' Mark Gable and Reece Mastin, plus support acts Peace, Love & All that Stuff and Livewire. There will be rides and attractions from 5pm, with fireworks at 9pm for parents with younger kids, and more fireworks at midnight to welcome the new year. Address: Churchill Park, Rockingham Beach Road, Rockingham. Time: 5pm to 12am. Cost: Free. Website:rockingham.wa.gov.au
There will be TWO firework displays at Rockingham.
Northbridge Piazza New Year's Eve Free Flick What better way to bring in the New Year than hearing the kids sing endless renditions of 'Let It Go'? Disney favourite Frozen will be showing at Free Flicks for Kids at the Northbridge Piazza on New Year's Eve, so grab a bean bag or a picnic rug and settle in for a Sing-A-Long with Queen Elsa and settle in for an evening of Disney fun. Address: Corner James and Lake Streets, Northbridge. Time: From 4pm. Cost: Free. Website: visitperthcity.com
New Year's Eve is a wonderful way to spend the final night of the year with the family, reminiscing about the past 12 months and looking forward to the next year. Head to one of these family-friendly events and enjoy a night without the booze or the January 1st headache.