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FAB Five for the New Year

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 at 5:43 am in Family Outings.

Chabot Balloon Drop (Photo by Jane Tyska, Oakland Tribune)
Balloons and Space: Ring in the New Year at Oakland’s Chabot Space & Science Center with the museum’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 it’s all sold out, don’t worry — 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 Year’s festivities? Walnut Creek’s Red House is hosting its fourth annual New Year’s Eve show featuring The Time Outs and their special brand of “kindie rock.” 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 Year’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 — literally — at the Asian Art Museum’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 museum’s Samsung Hall. Grab a ticket (one per family) at the admissions desk starting at 10 a.m. and you can help ring the museum’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 Year’s Eve festivities at the Bay Area Children’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.

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