Home / Focus  / Play  / 20 Ways to Celebrate the New Year in Philly With Your Kids

20 Ways to Celebrate the New Year in Philly With Your Kids

Celebrate the New Year with the ones you love – including the littlest ones who can’t quite make it until midnight.

We’ve rounded up some of the most promising daytime options around the city for ringing in 2016 family style. With so much to do, they’ll be tuckered out well before the clock strikes midnight (aka champagne time for you!).


As 2016 draws to a close, our team is so grateful for our Philly Family Community Group on Facebook and Instagram. We’re looking forward to unveiling Community Dinners in the new year for  Supporting Members as well as Family FOCUS Networking events for Business Members. Make sure you’re signed up for your preferred weekly email newsletters to stay in the loop with our community.


And without further ado, our New Year’s roundup for the city!

Center City

1. NEST Center City Countdown to Noon


A photo posted by Nest Center City (@nestphilly) on


December 31, 9 am — 1 pm | 1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

NEST Center City Invites you to their fourth annual countdown to noon this NYE. They’ll have a  photo booth, parachute games, a wishing wall, arts and crafts, and of course, the countdown. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Cost is $10 for members with $5 for each additional child, and $20 for non members with $5 for each additional child. Day passes valid.

Visit Nest Philly

2. Take in the View from One Liberty Observation Deck (57th floor) SOLD OUT  5-6pm



Open daily, 10 am — 8 pm | 1650 Market St., Philadelphia

Experience Philly on NYE or New Year’s Day from the Top with Liberty One’s Observation Deck.  Admission Family Fun for four: $49.  SOLD OUT 5-6pm

Visit Philly From The Top

Fairmount Park

3. Countdown to Noon at The Please Touch Museum


Photo courtesy of Please Touch Museum.

December 31, 9 am — 3 pm | 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia
This event isn’t one of the museum’s most popular events for nothing! Live music? Check. Show stopping countdown? Check. Not one, but TWO ball drops? Check! Advance general admission is $20 per child and adult, day-of admission is $25 per child and adult, member admission is $5 per child and adult.

Visit Please Touch Museum


4. NYE at Fette Sau Philly



December 31, 5 pm | 1208 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia
You can be festive and still keep your regular bedtime routine! Families can enjoy ice cream and soda floats and special kids’ menus. Adults get complimentary bubbles!

Visit Fette Sau Philly

5. Play Arts Countdown to Noon – SOLD OUT!


A photo posted by PlayArts (@playartsphilly) on


December 31, 9 am – noon | 241 N. Front St., Philadelphia
Fishtown families will enjoy this countdown to noon with a DJ, champagne, sparkling juice, and a disco ball in their favorite new play space. SOLD OUT.

Visit Play Arts

Just Over The Bridge

6. Adventure Aquarium New Year’s Eve Splash


December 31, 2016, 10 am – 6 pm |  1 Riverside Dr, Camden
Enjoy an extra hour at Adventure Aquarium, grab a festive giveaway (while supplies last), and cut loose thanks to a DJ dance party with Aquarium mascot Gill. Then stay to enjoy the beautiful fireworks display over the Delaware River at 6 pm. Admission: $26.95 per adult, $19.95 per child. Members: free.
Visit Adventure Aquarium

7. Kids Party at ISC Cherry Hill


A photo posted by ISC Cherry Hill (@isc_ch) on


Saturday, December 31st, 11 am – 2 pm & 2:30 – 5:30 pm | 650 Kresson Roadd, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

With countdowns at 1 pm  and 4:30pm, ISC has roller skating, funzone, bounce house, a slice of pizza, small drink, hats, noise makers, lei, balloon pop. $9 per child skate rentals not included). Parents are admitted FREE.

Visit ISC Cherry Hill


8. “C… is for Celebrate!” New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Sesame Place


A photo posted by Sesame Place (@sesameplace) on


December 31, 2016, 6 pm | 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
This New Year’s Eve fireworks show, set to Sesame Street music, gives your little ones the opportunity to rock out with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and Count von Count. Fireworks will begin immediately following the 6 pm evening performance of the Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade. Entry into Sesame Place will be limited 5 minutes prior to the start of fireworks. Time subject to change, see website for details. Tickets: $25

Visit Sesame Place

Logan Square

9. Kiddie Countdown in the Sky (51st Floor) SOLD OUT


A photo posted by SkyGarten (@skygartenphilly) on


December 31, 5 – 7 pm  |  SkyGarten, 1717 Arch St., 51st floor, Philadelphia

Watch the 6 pm fireworks from the 51st floor open-air terrace (and warm indoor beer garden) for this family-friendly event. There will be party favors, one free hot chocolate for the kids and spiked hot chocolate options for the adults ($10) and free snacks. Admission: $20.17 for adults. Accompanied minors pay a dollar per year old they are. SOLD OUT

Visit Skygarten

Northern Liberties

10. New Year’s Eve Family Bash at North Bowl


A photo posted by North Bowl (@northbowlphilly) on


December 31, N. 2nd St., Philadelphia
Tickets include 2017 Ball Drop, New Year’s Eve feast, Bowling & Games, Family Friendly DJ, Face Painter, Balloon artist, Caricaturist.
Visit North Bowl

Old City

11. Kids New Year’s Even Countdown at Franklin Square



December 31, 3 — 8 pm | 200 6th St., Philadelphia

End off Franklin Square’s 10th birthday year with flair by joining them for their Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown. Music, crafts, burgers, fireworks, and a dance party await. This event is free, open to the public, and within walking distance of the Race Street Pier, which has a GREAT view of the fireworks.
Visit Franklin Square

12. Betsy’s 265th Birthday Bash and Historic Chocolate-Making at the Betsy Ross House




December 31, 11 am – 4 pm | 239 Arch St, Philadelphia
Enjoy kid-friendly activities and cupcakes from the historic City Tavern with admission to the Betsy Ross House. Prior to the 6 pm fireworks show, get in some hands-on learning with historic chocolate-making demonstration too. Museum admission is $7 for adults and $6 for kids.
Visit Betsy Ross House

Penn’s Landing

13. SugarHouse Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront


A photo posted by Visit Philly (@visitphilly) on


December 31, 2016: 6 pm and January 1, 2016: Midnight

The fireworks on the Delaware River are an amazing sight — this year is no exception. Families or those looking to celebrate the New Year a couple hours early are in luck: The first fireworks show goes down at 6 p.m. on the Delaware River waterfront. With the sun already set an hour before, the setting should be perfect for a wonderful show.

Not interested in venturing out? Watch live online: Philadelphia webcamsSkyline cam, and NBC 10 live stream. This year the earlier fireworks show at 6 pm is also being covered by the local news channels and will be broadcast live on NBC10 and Telemundo62. The soundtrack to the fireworks show is also carried over the radio – tune in to 1060am to listen in. Admission: Free

Visit the Delaware River Waterfront

14. Kids’ New Year’s Eve Celebration at Dave & Buster’s


December 31, 3 pm and 4:30 pm seatings | Philadelphia, Franklin Mills, and Plymouth Meeting
If you’re looking for a fun evening of games, dinner, and entertainment, head over to Dave & Busters on the Delaware River Waterfront. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a family game night before getting a front row seat for the early fireworks show at 6 pm.
Visit Dave & Buster's

15. Blue Cross RiverRink’s New Year’s Eve Party on Ice


Credit: Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®


December 31, 5 – 8 pm | 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

The Blue Cross RiverRink New Year’s Eve Party on Ice is set to coincide with the early fireworks display at the Delaware River Waterfront. Great for all ages and ideal for families, this celebration includes snacks, beverages, and New Year’s Eve favors for party goers. Keep the kids busy with free face painting, crafts, and strolling entertainment before the fireworks show begins at 6 pm.
Visit the Blue Cross RiverRink

16. Family New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Independence Seaport Museum

A photo posted by @phillyseaport on

December 31, 4 – 7 pm | 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

The Independence Seaport Museum will be open late on New Year’s Eve, allowing families to celebrate at its Family New Year’s Eve celebration. Free with admission, ring in the New Year with some family fun featuring Nesquik’s Bunnyland where kids can play games, win prizes, drink delicious chocolate milk, and meet Quiky, the bunny. Grab a complimentary party hat and noisemaker before heading outside for a sparkling cider toast to the New Year during the fireworks spectacular starting at 6 pm.

Visit the Philly Seaport Museum

17. CoCo’s Rocking New Year’s Eve Party

December 31, 2 pm — January 1, 1 am | 915 New Jersey Route 73, Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Stay and play, and ring in the new year at 9 pm! Stay overnight at the Hotel ML and get water park passes good for two days. Cost depends on your party size and number of nights.

Visit Hotel ML

New Year’s Day

18. Mummer’s Parade


A photo posted by Visit Philly (@visitphilly) on


January 1, 9 am | Starts at City Hall and marches down South Broad St. to Washington Ave.

It’s the 118th year of the Mummer’s taking over Philly on New Year’s Day. Want to watch this year? Take public transportation, bundle up, and if you’d like to sit and watch on the bleachers, book your spot early (contact the department of recreation). The parade runs all day, through until the afternoon. Drop in or out, get yourself some food, and enjoy it!

Visit the Mummer's Parade

19. New Year’s Day Celebration at the Kimmel Center


A video posted by Kimmel Center (@kimmelcenter) on


January 1, 10 am – 5 pm | 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors for the 12th consecutive year for its annual FREE New Year’s Day Celebration. The campus will be alive with holiday sights and sounds as patrons are invited to warm up indoors to enjoy panoramic views of the Mummers Parade, performances, and activities.

Visit the Kimmel Center

20. New Year’s Day Open Play at Lilypad



January 1, 10 am — 6 pm | 1234 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

The kids have the day off and you want to get them out of the house. Take them to Lilypad for a day of open play! No reservations are required, and they will have coffee, cocoa, and cider for your hot beverage needs.

Visit Lilypad

 Headed to the suburbs? We have a list of events happening on the Main Line so you don’t miss a moment!

Read the Main Line Parent NYE Roundup