By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 at 5:43 am in Family Outings.
Balloons and Space: Ring in the New Year at Oaklandâ€™s Chabot Space & Science Center with the museumâ€™s annual midday balloon drop at 10:45 a.m., and 12:45 and 3:45 p.m. Tickets $4, but space is limited so call 510-336-7373 before you go. And if itâ€™s all sold out, donâ€™t worry â€” this space museum is fun any time. Winter break hours run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, till 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Rock And Roll: Want to mix some family-friendly rock and roll with your New Yearâ€™s festivities? Walnut Creekâ€™s Red House is hosting its fourth annual New Yearâ€™s Eve show featuring The Time Outs and their special brand of â€śkindie rock.â€ť Expect a countdown to 2010, rock star-worthy makeovers and some awesome air guitar lessons at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Dec. 31. Tickets are $10 per person or $30 per family.
New Year, LHS-Style: Ring in the New Year around the world when you join the New Yearâ€™s Eve Day Party at the Lawrence Hall of Science from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 31. Free with museum admission.
Bell Ringing: Ring in the new year â€” literally â€” at the Asian Art Museumâ€™s annual bell-ringing ceremony. The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with entertainment and art activities in the San Francisco museumâ€™s Samsung Hall. Grab a ticket (one per family) at the admissions desk starting at 10 a.m. and you can help ring the museumâ€™s 16th century bronze bell at 11 a.m. Free with admission, kids under 12 always free.
Confetti and Party Hats: Make your own noisemakers and party hats at the first-ever New Yearâ€™s Eve festivities at the Bay Area Childrenâ€™s Museum. The Sausalito museum opens at 9 a.m. for arts and crafts and all the usual fun, and the official countdown starts at noon. Free with museum admission.