2011 New Year’s Eve Fun for the Whole Family

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.

Credit: Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC

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.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: This post reflects my personal experience and opinion, which may differ from yours. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.

AT&T SpecTECHular Giveaway: HTC Vivid Android™ Smartphone for AT&T

The HTC Vivid is the ultimate in Smartphones and the perfect gift for a dad who appreciates his gadgets. AT&T and Philly Frugal Mom are giving this phone to one lucky winner.

Realize the full power of LTE on the HTC Vivid with fast web browsing, powered by a dual core 1.2 GHz processor and a brilliant 4.5-inch qHD display. Music and Android Market apps download and are ready in a snap, or photos and video are a breeze to upload after using the exceptional camera for low-light photos and full widescreen HD video.

HTC Vivid features the acclaimed HTC Sense user experience, which includes a customizable active lockscreen that transforms the display into a real-time window to your most important information and content, such as social updates, photos, weather or stock updates that are viewed by simply waking up the display. Sharper graphics, vibrant animations and new widgets make HTC Sense better than ever and, by continuing to focus on the details, HTC provides a more cinematic and immersive multimedia experience with stunning imagery and audible weather effects.

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AT&T SpecTECHular Giveaway: Jawbone JAMBOX Portable Wireless Speaker

Big things come in small packages and that’s definitely the case with the Jawbone JAMBOX. AT&T says this little portable wireless speaker with the big sound is a hot holiday item this year and right now it’s $50 off at AT&T stores. AT&T and Frugal Philly Mom are giving a JAMBOX away to one lucky winner.

JAMBOX delivers stunning hi-fi audio in a portable wireless speaker so compact you won’t believe it when you hear it. It’s loud. With an output capacity of 85 decibels, JAMBOX fills even the largest rooms. Unlike other portable speakers, JAMBOX is powered by a pair of proprietary, highly sophisticated acoustic drivers, unmatched in their ability to produce extreme high (tweeter) and low (woofer) frequencies from a single, ultra-small dome speaker. They work in concert with an innovative moving-wall passive bass radiator and airtight enclosure to deliver shimmering highs and thumping lows that you can literally feel – the richest sound all in the palm of your hand.

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Deal: Just Dance Kids 2 for Wii, Playstation or Xbox360 for $19.96 + Free 1-Day Shipping has Just Dance Kids 2 for the Wii, Playstaion or Xbox360 on sale for $19.96 after instant savings and eligible for FREE One-Day Shipping! Get it in time for the holidays! It’s regularly $29.99.

We love this game at our house. My 4 year old cannot get enough of this game. She especially loves that there are songs she’ll already familiar with from Yo Gabba Gabba and The Wiggles. There’s also songs like “Accidentally In Love” from Shrek 2, “Something That I Want” from Disney’s Tangled and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” from Disney’s the Lion King.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for the purposes of this post. This post reflects my personal experience and opinion, which may differ from yours. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.

AT&T SpecTECHular Giveaway: HTC Inspire 4G Android™ Smartphone for AT&T

After all the running around you’ve done throughout the year, don’t you deserve to treat yourself? The HTC Inspire 4G for AT&T is a perfect, yet practical way to treat yourself.

A 4G smartphone sporting a gorgeous 4.3-inch, super LCD touchscreen and a 1GHz processor, HTC Inspire 4G will make quick work of any number of apps from the Android Market over the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network – getting even faster with 4G speeds. Equal parts speed and beauty, the HTC Inspire 4G will feature an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash plus 720p HD camcorder all within a single piece of aluminum running the Android 2.2 platform.

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TireVan’s 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

In my review for TireVan, I told everyone how great their service was. From ordering, installation and overall service it was a great experience. Not only is TireVan a local business with a great concept, they are also very generous to the community! I recently partnered with TireVan to giveaway a brand new set of tires plus installation to a family in need. We couldn’t narrow it down to just one family and 2 deserving families won! The Zebrowski’s and Hamza Albahadily and his family were the lucky recipients.

Don’t miss TireVan’s latest social media contest, “TireVan’s 12 Days of Christmas.” On each day of the traditional 12 Days of Christmas – from Christmas Day through January 5 – TireVan will be giving away an automotive prize to one entrant in celebration of the holiday season. Gifts increase in value each day, from windshield wiper blades to a free set of tires, with the grand prize estimated at $1140!

Beginning today, Washington D.C.- and Philadelphia-area residents can visit and “Like” TireVan’s Facebook page at to enter the contest. Participants can return on following days and enter again (once per day) to increase the likelihood of winning. Entries close on the last day of the contest, January 5, 2012.

TireVan is a tire retailer and the largest and fastest-growing mobile tire installation business in the United States. With service areas in the Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, Pa., metropolitan regions, TireVan provides the convenience of tire installation at home or work with a full selection of major tire brands at the lowest price guaranteed. For more information, please call 877.847.3826 or visit

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for the purposes of this post. This post reflects my personal experience and opinion, which may differ from yours. No monetary compensation was provided for this post. Facebook, Twitter and Google are not affiliated with this giveaway.

AT&T SpecTECHular Giveaway: iFrogz Luxe Ear Buds & ZAGG Sparq Portable Battery Charger

AT&T has some great accessories perfect for stuffing those stockings. iFrogz Luxe Ear Buds in three different colors are the perfect surprise for the music enthusiast. Pair that with the ZAGG Sparq portable battery charger perfect for business and travel to keep all your devices charged; you’ll have a perfectly stuffed stocking! Enter to win both from AT&T and Frugal Philly Mom.

Energize your digital life with four times the portable power: the ZAGG Sparq is the standard for on-the-go charging. AT&T says this gift will be appreciated by those who are always on the go, travelers and business people; it carries four complete recharges for most power-hungry smart phones. The ZAGG Sparq recharges with a standard outlet and provides two USB ports for powering mobile devices. Perfect for everything from cell phones to hand-held gaming systems.

iFrogz Luxe Ear Buds with Mic deliver a blend of perfect bass and crystal clear tones for full stereo sound, encased in a miniature 6 mm driver. Luxuriate in sumptuous sound, while keeping unwanted vibrations at bay. These sleek ear buds also include a convenient, in-line single button remote/microphone to control mobile devices. Each package also features three noise isolating, in-canal ear bud tip sizes, to fit any ear. Single button remote/microphone is compatible with Apple™, BlackBerry©, Android™ and all other media devices with a 3.5 mm jack. The compact driver features excellent high- and mid-tones, and is perfect for both pop and rock music, as well as voice and narration. With a sleek body shape, Luxe-finished housing, and a metal connector, the Luxe Bud is a perfect choice.

Driver Unit: 6 mm neodymium Impedance: 16 ohms Sensitivity: 101 dB +/- 3 dB at 1 kHz Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 18 kHz 20 Hz to 18 kHz Cord Length: 1.1 m * In-line single-button remote/mic * Crisp, high-definition stereo sound * Includes soft-tip earpieces in 3 sizes.

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Event: Meet Rapunzel & Flynn Rider from Tangled! at Please Touch Museum

Stop by Please Touch Museum tomorrow, Tuesday, December 20th from 11am – 12:30p as the stars from Disney’s Tangled visit the museum to share a storytime reading. Rapunzel & Flynn Rider will be available for pictures and autographs following the storytime! 

AT&T SpecTECHular Giveaway: Impulse 4G Android™ Smartphone for AT&T

Smartphones don’t have to be expensive and can be the perfect gift. The Impulse 4G from AT&T is a lower priced smartphone that gives you a lot of bang for your buck – perfect if you’re thinking of getting your child a smartphone this holiday season. Frugal Philly Mom and AT&T want to give you one to keep for yourself or to give as a gift.

The Impulse 4G from AT&T offers unbeatable value for those wanting to take advantage of the capabilities of an Android™-powered smartphone at a lower cost. The Impulse makes it possible to surf the web, watch videos, check emails and stay engaged with social media from a phone at an affordable price.


Impulse 4G includes a 3.8” touchscreen and the ability to record HD video.

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Deal: Lands’ End Girls’ Thermacheck 200 Fleece Peacoat for $11.99 + Free Shipping

Here’s a great deal! Use LANDS’ END coupon codes DONNER + 1585 during checkout. Land’s End offers this Girls’ Thermacheck 200 Fleece Peacoat for $11.99 after instant and coupon savings. Shipping is free. This coat is regularly $49.50 is on sale for $19.99. 

Use coupon codes DONNER + 1585 during checkout for 40% OFF and Free Shipping on any other items.