Here in Philly, New Year’s Eve isn’t all about adult only fun. There’s plenty of options that caters to families on New Year’s Eve that will allow the parents time to get out and celebrate too! Here are my top picks of events going on this Saturday to ring in the new year.
Countdown to Noon at Please Touch Museum
Want to take part in one of the most exciting New Year’s Eve parties in the area, but don’t want to keep the kids up late? Come to Please Touch Museum’s annual Countdown to Noon celebration on Saturday, December 31, for a fun, festive alternative to keeping the little ones up past midnight. Countdowns will take place at Noon and again at 1 p.m. to accommodate all of the little party animals and their families.
Countdown to Noon, is a holiday tradition and the perfect party for children to ring in the New Year. The Countdown to Noon celebration will include:
- Performances by musical guests Louie Miranda and Fandango
- Special art and storytelling activities
- Special appearances by King Countdown, the museum’s official Marshal of the New Year, Madeline and Wild Thing.
- A family dance party to ring in the New Year!
Please Touch Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.
Betsy’s Birthday Bash
On Saturday, December 31 come to Betsy’s Birthday Bash, 11 am – 4 pm, for the 260th birthday of America’s most famous flagmaker with daylong family fun, make-and-take New Year’s noisemakers, and, of course, cake at 1:30 pm, FREE! Cake courtesy of City Tavern. Betsy Ross House is located at 239 Arch Street.
Free at the Kimmel Center: Sing in the New Year.
As part of the Kimmel Center’s 10th Anniversary Celebration, they’re hosting a special “Free at the Kimmel” performance series. And on New Year’s Eve, guests can gather for an afternoon of activities: from 1-6 p.m., there will be face-painting, crafts, balloon animals, concerts, a drum ensemble and more! And at 5:30 p.m., guests can gather for a concert of festive chamber works. Also enjoy festive Treats from Wolfgang Puck! Wolfgang Puck will take part in the Kimmel Center’s 10th Anniversary festivities by offering a few specialty items during all free Plaza performances. For the adults they will concoct colorful Peppermint Martinis as well as Snowflake Martinis. For younger guests, they will offer Pigs in a Blanket (miniature hot dogs wrapped in puff pastry) and Candy Cane Cocoa (hot chocolate with whipped cream and bits of real peppermint candy.) Stop by the PECO Café to sample these exciting holiday treats!
Franklin Square Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown
A kids’ version of the famous New Year’s Eve celebration with a dropping “square” in lieu of the famous ball. The Penn’s Landing Fireworks (showing at both 6 pm and midnight) are visible from Franklin Square. Music and fun for families, and children can decorate their own party hats, FREE, from 5 – 6 pm, followed by the “Square Drop” Countdown to 6 pm. Franklin Square: 6th & Race Streets. All hours are weather permitting.
Annual New Year’s Eve Parties on Ice at Blue Cross RiverRink
The Party on Ice from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. is perfect for those who can’t stay awake until midnight and includes snacks, beverages, noisemakers and party hats. This party also includes free face painting, crafts, and mummers as well as strolling entertainment and the best place to view the 6:00 p.m. fireworks show. Along with delicious snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, the 11:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. party will include free noise makers, New Year’s paraphernalia, photo keepsakes and entertainment will include free psychic readers, strolling entertainment by Mummertime, and the best place to view the Midnight fireworks, presented by Sugarhouse Casino.
FREE PARKING & Family-Friendly Fireworks on New Year’s Eve at Adventure Aquarium
Looking for family-friendly ways to bring in the New Year? A trip to Adventure Aquarium is the ideal way for families and friends to enjoy an afternoon of exploration and discovery this New Year’s Eve, followed by an amazing fireworks display, all for one low price. On December 31, Adventure Aquarium will extend its normal operating hours until 5:30 pm so guests can explore all that the Aquarium has to offer – including sharks, hippos, penguins and seals – before stepping outside for a spectacular view of the New Year’s Eve Fireworks cascade over the Philadelphia skyline from the aquarium’s waterfront promenade at 6 pm. The Aquarium will even leave its lobby open for 15 minutes after the show for restroom visits.
New Year’s Eve Family Fireworks Viewing Party at Independence Seaport Museum
Celebrate New Year’s Eve early! The Seaport Museum will be staying open late on New Year’s Eve to allow visitors to enjoy the best view of the 6:00 pm Fireworks display over the Delaware River from our 2nd floor balcony! This festive, family-friendly event has become a popular tradition to end a day at the Museum or to kick off a night on the town. Visitors won’t want to miss the last chance to see the exhibit “Drawn to the Water: Artists of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Capture our Region’s Waterways 1830-Present”, which ends its run that day. Party hats and noisemakers will be provided (while supplies last). Refreshments will be available for purchase. Fireworks Viewing Party is included with Museum admission.
New Years at Nap Time at The Little Treehouse
The streamers are hung, the noisemakers are at the ready. From 10am – 2pm visit The Little Treehouse for their New Year’s Celebration at Noon on 12/31 and celebrate with a ball drop just before nap time. They’ll have special treats, festive music and more to usher in 2012! Free with admission, members are free.
Giggleberry Fair Noon Year’s Eve
Come to Giggleberry from 10am – 6pm for a Family friendly Noon Year’s Eve Celebration. Don’t miss the Countdowns at 12noon and 4pm. Activities include Bubblewrap “Fireworks”, Juice Toasts with countdowns, Goodie Bags for all children, and Make Your Own noisemakers and hats! Free with admission.
New Year’s Eve Celebration! at Bucks County Children’s Museum
Spend the day at the Bucks County Children’s Museum with Clifford the Big Red Dog and WHYY. Special crafts, give-aways, and a 12noon countdown to the the New Year Celebration. Be sure to bring your Camera! $7 (Ages 1 & Up). From 10am- 1pm (Doors open for members at 9:30am).
For all the details on New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Penn’s Landing click HERE.
For more events please visit my Events Calendar.
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