Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events to Ring in 2019!

By Michelle Reese

New Year’s Eve is the party night of the year, but what about when bedtime is hours before the Big Ball Drop? Here’s a list of family-friendly events on December 31, so you can celebrate with your little ones and get them in bed on time.

Independence Seaport Museum New Year’s Eve Party

When: December 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia

The Independence Seaport Museum is staying open late for the Annual Family Fireworks Viewing Party from 5 to 7 p.m. on the museum’s second-floor balcony. Families can enjoy party hats, noise makers, and a ginger ale toast for the 6 p.m. fireworks show! There will be a full cash bar as well as tasty wraps and salads and non-alcoholic beverages. Arrive before 5 p.m. to visit the Museum galleries and Historic Ships, Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna, which opens at 10 a.m. Everything is included with regular Museum admission. Purchase tickets here.

Countdown 2 Noon at the Please Touch Museum

When: December 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

Countdowns will take place at Noon and again at 1 p.m. to accommodate all of the little party animals and their families. Countdown 2 Noon®, is a holiday tradition and the perfect party for children to ring in the New Year. The Countdown 2 Noon celebration will include music, activities, crafts and more. Purchase tickets here.

Kid-Friendly Fireworks Cruise on the Ben Franklin Yacht

When: December 31 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (board at 4:30 p.m.)

Where: 401 N. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia

Cruise on the Ben Franklin Yacht and enjoy a family-friendly party with dinner, dancing and an incredible view of the 6 p.m. fireworks over the water. Tickets are $75 for adults and $50 for children and include dinner and party favors. Click here to purchase tickets.

New Year’s Eve Splash at Adventure Aquarium

When: December 31, open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: 1 Riverside Drive, Camden

The Aquarium will stay open late for New Year’s Eve! Spend the day, and then head outside to the waterfront to watch the 6 p.m. fireworks over the Delaware River. Come enjoy your favorite animals and show off your moves during the special DJ Shell-ebration Dance Parties at 1:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. In addition, the Aquarium is presenting New Year’s Eve Around the World by celebrating a different county every hour. Purchase tickets here.

Franklin Square’s Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown


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When: December 31 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 200 6th Street, Philadelphia

Close out the season at Franklin Square with a family-friendly New Year’s celebration! Enjoy music and crafts beginning before the Square Drop from atop SquareBurger at 6 p.m. and Sugar House New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, viewable from the Square. The indoor Franklin Square Pavilion will host a Kids’ Dance Party until 8 p.m. And then it’s the final 2018 Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO!

Ardmore Music Hall New Year’s Eve Family Jam

When: December 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.)
Where: 23 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore

Countdown to noon at the Ardmore Music Hall! This New Year’s Eve celebration features a performance by Alex & The Kaleidoscope, arts & crafts, face painting, a dance party (with prizes!) and more. All child tickets include a gift bag with flow sticks, rings, a craft and more. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Get tickets here.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Sesame Place

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When: December 31 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with fireworks at approximately 6:25 p.m.
Where: 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

Spend the day at Sesame Place enjoying A Very Furry Christmas, and then stick around for the New Year’s Eve Fireworks! The park is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, decorations, holiday-themed musical shows, special character meets and more. Fireworks will begin immediately following the 6 p.m. performance of the Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade. Click here for tickets.

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