Ring in 2019: Kid-friendly New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day Events in San Antonio

Ring in the new year at one of these kid-friendly events. Several listed below require that you book in advance, so don’t wait too long before they sell out! Did we miss something? Let us know. We’re always looking for new and fun ideas.

Be safe! Happy new year from ACMB!

Local attractions that are open on New Year’s Eve:
San Antonio Botanical Garden
San Antonio Zoo (open New Year’s Day too!)
Witte Museum (open New Year’s Day too!)

Kids Countdown, Monday, December 31st, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at The DoSeum | Tickets: $25 for children, $15 for adults
The new year is approaching at the speed of light! Have an astronomical time ringing in the “noon” year. Launch into 2019 with a ball drop, jet packs, face painting, music, and space treats. This party is going to be out of this world! This event sells out, so purchase your ticket before we get ready for takeoff!

Celebrate 2019 On the Lanes on New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day, Monday, December 31st & Tuesday, January 1st, 10:30 A.M.–6:00 P.M. and 4:00–8:00 P.M. at Bowlmor Lanes locations | Prices vary by location
Ball drop daytime family party package includes two hours of unlimited bowling with shoes included, kid-friendly buffet, sparkling cider, and champagne toasts (for guests 21 and over). Book your party time online. Participating locations:

New Year’s Eve Celebration, Monday, December 31st, 12:00–10:00 P.M. at Six Flags Fiesta Texas | Tickets: $49.79 online
At 10:00 P.M., the entire sky will be illuminated with colorful bursts choreographed to musical favorites and capped by a memorable finale featuring an exciting new version of “Auld Lang Syne.” 

Celebrate New Year’s Eve!, Monday, December 31st, 6:00 P.M.–12:15 A.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
For starters, Tricentennial (San Antonio 300) will be debuting a few videos that will feature highlights of San Antonio’s 300th year. The “Celebrate Family” Zone, presented by H-E-B will be located on Villita St. and feature games and activities for all ages from 6:00–9:00 P.M. Arneson River Theater at the Shops of La Villita will be hosted by Spurs Sports and Entertainment Home Game and will offer more free, family-friendly programming from 6:00–9:00 P.M. Also, as part of the festivities, Yanaguana Garden, along with restaurants and coffee shops inside Hemisfair, will remain open for the public to enjoy all night.

New Year’s Eve Celebration, Monday, December 31st, 7:00 P.M.–1:00 A.M. at Hilton Garden | Tickets: $30 child, $60 adult; Reserved table: $650
Presented by the Association of Puerto Ricans in San Antonio (APRISA). Una despedida de Año Puerto Rican style para toda la comunidad Latina! APRISA invites San Antonio to ring in the new year among family and friends, with great food, champagne toast, and live music with Orquestra Tropicante! Tickets must be purchased online.

Local New Year’s Eve Party, Monday, December 31st, 9:00 P.M.–1:00 A.M. at Embassy Suites |
There will be music, food, party favors, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight complete with a balloon drop. No outside alcohol will be permitted.

Tuesday, January 1

First Day Hike, 9:00 A.M., 10:00 A.M., and 12:00 P.M. at Government Canyon | Park entry fees apply
Arrive at 8:45 A.M. Be a part of a national movement to get people into state parks! Join Friends of Government Canyon State Natural Area volunteers on a guided hike the first day of the year. Open to ages 13 and older; minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Registration required for each participant; no group registrations. 
9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. Far Reaches/Wildcat Canyon
10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. Bluff Spurs
10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. Savannah Loop
12:00–4:00 P.M. Far Reaches/Sendero Balcones

Plenty of other state parks in the area will be hosting First Day Hikes. You can find out more on the Texas Parks & Wildlife’s holiday event calendar

Heather
Heather was born and raised in San Antonio and became a mom in 2013 and again in 2018. She never imagined she'd be raising two sons but is grateful for the opportunity! Heather enjoys the outdoors and even mowing her own lawn. She and her husband Santiago look forward to raising two feminist boys who will hopefully be better at Spanish than she is. Her professional experience since graduating from Tufts University with a degree in Art History includes working for a variety of arts and cultural nonprofit organizations, from grassroots to governmental. She spent a few years as a stay at home parent and is easing her way back into the workforce. Her dream job would be to work for Sesame Workshop, or President of the United States. In the meantime, Heather enjoys filling her family's weekends with the diversity San Antonio has to offer.