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New Year’s Eve Parties for Families Around Philly and the Main Line

Get 2018 started a little early at one of these fun events.

We’re winding down 2017, and you want to celebrate in style and still get the kids down for their nap! We’ve rounded up our top picks for New Year’s fun around town so no matter where you are, and how young your kids are, there’s something festive to do as a family. Happy New Year!

The Main Line and Suburbs

New Year’s Eve (Day) Family Jam at Ardmore Music Hall

23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

10 am — 1 pm

 

Spend your morning rocking out at Ardmore Music Hall with Alex and The Kaleidoscope as they ring in the New Year with their unique and positive sound. There will be brunch (with a bar for the grownups), face painting, balloon art, caricatures, crafts and a photobooth. And we’ll be there too, so come say hi! (And if you’re a Supporting Member of Main Line Parent  or Philadelphia Family, you get a $5 discount on tickets!)

Marple Sports Arena Countdown to Noon

611 Park Way, Broomall

11 am — 1 pm

 

Enjoy a DJ dance party, inflatables, climb Marple Mountain, get your face painted, and when it’s noon, there’s a massive balloon drop to welcome 2018.

Kid’s Yoga at Aim High Studio

3015 W. Germantown Pike, Norristown

11 am – noon

 

Kids will practice yoga, create a New Year’s themed craft and enjoy a healthy snack, all culminating in a countdown to noon.

Noon Year’s Eve at BounceU

882 Springdale Dr., Exton

10:30 am — 12:30 pm

 

Kids can burn off all that holiday energy by bouncing into the New Year, and enjoy a fun countdown to noon with cupcakes, and pizza.

Lulu’s Casita White Fiesta

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

10 am — noon

 

Wear something white and celebrate with Mad Beatz Drumline and Queen Elsa! There will also be pizza and refreshments for the kids.

Longwood Gardens’ New Year’s Eve

1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square

Gardens are open 9 am — 10 pm

 

Take in the beautiful gardens lit up for the holidays, and enjoy live musical performances by strolling carolers, steel drums, a brass band, and more throughout the afternoon and evening.

Family New Year’s Eve Rock N Bowl at Wynnewood Lanes

2228 Haverford Road, Ardmore

7— 10 pm

 

Reserve a lane and get three hours of unlimited bowling, disco lights, a DJ playing music, pizza and refreshments. Then, do an early New Year’s countdown at 9:30pm with party favors and other prizes!

Sesame Place

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

Noon — 7 pm

 

You can spend the entire day celebrating New Year’s with all your pals from Sesame Street. Earlier in the day, have a celebratory meal and take character photos at The Count’s Countdown to New Year Celebration. Then, after a day of playing at the park and the 6pm Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade, you can rock out with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and Count von Count, as the music of Sesame Street fills the air and the sky lights up with fireworks—all part of the “C… is for Celebrate!” fireworks extravaganza.

New Year’s Eve Splash at Adventure Aquarium

1 Riverside Dr., Camden

10 am — 6 pm

 

This special extended-hours event invites your family to visit with your favorite sea creatures, get down at a DJ dance party, and then watch the early fireworks display over the Delaware River.

 

Photo by L. Berckey for Visit Philadelphia

Philadelphia

 Fireworks on the Waterfront

6 pm

 

The SugarHouse Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the waterfront features a kid-friendly early show at 6 pm for families and kids who can’t make it until midnight. There are so many options by the river to view this magnificent display.

 

First off, you can buy tickets to one of the New Year’s Eve Parties on Ice and skate on the RiverRink (or just enjoy the rest of Winterfest with food, music, and other entertainment) as you watch the fireworks. Or you can do a dinner cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia (the early one starts at 4:30 pm) to enjoy a buffet and on-board DJ entertainment while you watch the fireworks.

 

There’s also a great party hosted by Independence Seaport Museum, complete with a scavenger hunt, noisemakers, party hats, and a ginger ale toast before the fireworks. Or if your kid prefers skee-ball to submarines, Dave and Buster’s is also hosting a NYE bash to coincide with the 6 pm fireworks!

NEST’s Countdown to Noon

Nest Center City, 1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

and

Nest Chestnut Hill, 10 W. Gravers Lane, Philadelphia

11 am — 12:30 pm

 

Both locations of your toddler’s favorite indoor playspace are holding their Countdown to Noon parties for your littlest party-goers. Your little ones will get their wiggles out with music and playtime, make New Year’s themed crafts, and snacks. At noon, they’ll go nuts with a celebratory balloon drop!

Countdown 2 Noon at Please Touch Museum

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

9 am — 3 pm

 

This massive party has not one, but two, ball drops to bring in the New Year (one at noon, the other at 1 pm). There is also live music and dancing, a creation station where kids can make their own paper bag party hats for the big countdown, storytime, and more!

Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown at Franklin Square

200 N Sixth St, Philadelphia

3 — 8 pm

 

New Year’s Eve craft-making starts at 3 pm. Then, at 6 pm there’s a countdown to the “Square Drop” from atop SquareBurger and watching the New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront (they’ll be viewable from the Square). Afterwards, the indoor Franklin Square Pavilion will host a kids’ dance party until 8 pm, when you can take in the final “Electrical Spectacle” light show of the year.

New Year’s Eve Family Bash at North Bowl

909 North Second St., Philadelphia

5 — 8 pm

 

In case you didn’t get enough Alex and the Kaleidoscope at our party in the morning, the band will be rocking NoLibs’ North Bowl for the evening! And that is in addition to bowling, games, face painting, balloon art, food, and more! And to close things out, there will be a mock ball drop for all of the kids who won’t be staying up until midnight.

Skygarten’s Kiddie Countdown in the Sky

1717 Arch St., 51st Floor, Philadelphia

5 — 7 pm

Travel 51 floors above the city to Skygarten’s dazzling open-air terrace and warm indoor beer garden. There will be party favors, snacks, one free hot chocolate for the kids and spiked hot chocolate options for the adults (along with a cash bar). Best of all, you can see the fireworks from there at 6 pm!

One Liberty Observation Deck

1650 Market St., 57th Floor, Philadelphia

10 am— 6pm

 

Another high-up option to celebrate and watch the fireworks is One Liberty Observation Deck. There’s a $2 discount on admission starting at 4pm, and you’ll be able to see the fireworks at 6 pm. (Note: while they usually are open til 10 pm, they will close after the fireworks to get ready for their grownup soiree later that night.)

Almost New Year’s Eve Celebration at Palace Rollerskating

11586 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia

2 — 6 pm

 

There’ll be skating, party favors, music, pizza, and more as you skate in the New Year at this old school Northeast institution. There’s also a later (8 pm) party that night for older kids.

 

 

Lead photograph by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia. 

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