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!
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
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.
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!
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.
Just Over The Bridge
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
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
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
9. Kiddie Countdown in the Sky (51st Floor) SOLD OUT
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 OUTVisit Skygarten
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
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
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 webcams, Skyline 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: FreeVisit the Delaware River Waterfront
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
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
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
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!
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.
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.
Headed to the suburbs? We have a list of events happening on the Main Line so you don’t miss a moment!