What kids like: Partying with mom and dad lets kids get an age-appropriate dose of New Year's Eve hoopla with their favorite grownups.
What parents like: See above. No missed bedtimes, no hangovers, just good clean fun.
Dec. 30: Ring in the New Year. Join the Asian Art Museum's annual New Year's bell ringing ceremony on Sunday. To help toll the museum's 16th Century temple bell -- and guarantee good fortune in the coming year -- grab a numbered ticket at 10 a.m. in the museum's South Court. The ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m., so while away the time with children's art activities (which run until 2 p.m.) and a Shakuhachi performance at 11 a.m. Visit http://AsianArt.org or call 415-581-3500 for details.
Dec. 30: MOCHA Noisemakers. Oakland's Museum of Children's Art helps you ring in the new year with a noisemaker and party hat-making workshop from 1-4 p.m. Materials fee: $7. Details at http://www.mocha.org.
Dec. 31: Balloon Drop at Chabot.
Dec. 31: First Night Martinez. The annual family-friendly, alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration turns downtown Martinez into a wintertime festival, with music, mime, arts and crafts -- 6 p.m.-12:15 a.m. Details at http://www.FirstNightMartinez.org.
Dec. 31: Skate in the New Year. Walnut Creek's ice rink is open till 12:30 a.m., so New Year's Eve revelers can glide in the new year. Details at http://www.IceSkateWalnutCreek.com.
Jan. 2-5: Confetti Art at Habitot. Continue the celebration at Habitot as you turn confetti into polka-dot collages in the Art Studio, and watch confetti fly in the Wind Tunnel. Details at http://www.habitot.org.
-- Jackie Burrell, Times staff writer, email@example.com
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WHERE: Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland; Habitot, Berkeley; and downtown Walnut Creek and Martinez.
HOURS: Dec. 30-Jan. 5.