Where to Spend the Final Hours of 2016

By Betsy Natter

If you’re still looking for something to keep yourself or the family entertained on New Year’s Eve – day or night – check out these ideas. There’s a variety of activities for those who have an early bedtime and opportunities to celebrate for those seeing in the New Year at midnight. Plus, find more in our 2017 New Year’s Eve Guide.

New Year’s Eve (Day) Family Jam – The Ardmore Music Hall
23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, PA 19003

Emmy® award winning children’s entertainer Alex Mitnick and his group of fun-loving musicians Alex & The Kaleidoscope will help families sing in the New Year with a fun-filled morning of entertainment beginning at 10 am. Concert go-ers are invited to clap along, sing, dance and improvise with the band, actively participating in the concerts. Upstairs, the Kids Zone will have face painting, a balloon artist, crafts and a full kids’ brunch menu. Stay for the ball drop at 12 noon. Tickets are $15 in advance online at http://www.ardmoremusic.com/event/1380693-new-years-eve-day-family-jam-ardmore and $20 at the door.

PeepsFest – ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks
101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 297-7100

Hang out with your favorite peeps for a year end celebration at PeepsFest 2016. The two day festival is sponsored by Just Born Quality Confections, manufacturers of the seasonal marshmallows treats. The fun runs from 10 am to 4 pm on Dec. 30 and 31 with a full line up of activities. See live animal demonstrations by the Wildlands Conservancy, participate in learning programs by the DaVinci Science Center or dance your heart out in the Family Disco Lounge. Enjoy vendor-sponsored craft activities, listen to live musical entertainment or participate in the Peeps scavenger hunt throughout the afternoon. Stay for the party at 4:30 on the 31st as kid friendly rock band Brady Rymer & the Little Band That Could pumps up the crowd for the annual PEEPS® Chick Drop – a 4.5-foot tall, 85-pound lit PEEPS® Chick that drops at 5:15. Fireworks follow for a full New Year’s Eve experience. A full schedule of events is available at http://www.steelstacks.org/festivals/peepsfest/peepsfest-schedule.

Midnight in the Square 2016 – Kennett Square
Downtown Kennett Square, PA 19348

Everyone can join in the fun at the mushroom capital of the world. Young children and their parents can enjoy entertainment, food & activities from 6-8 pm. Watch the giant mushroom being raised and lit between 7-8 pm. The Garage Community & Youth Center at 115 S Union Street will have food, beer and wine available with a $10 cover charge. Outside, live music will keep the party going until the mushroom drops at midnight. Local shops and restaurants will be open throughout the evening. Parking is available at 101 Exelon Way off E. Baltimore Pike with free shuttle buses running from 6 pm to 1 am. Visit http://midnightinthesquare.com for more details.

Family Bowling – Limerick Bowl
653 West Ridge Pk., Limerick, PA 19468

Get in some afternoon family fun before party time with Limerick Bowl’s family bowling specials. Glow Bowl specials for 2 hours of lane rental for up to 6 people, shoes, pizza and soda, and door prizes. Visit the website at https://partywirks.com/store/limerick_bowl/category/2819/new_years_eve_family_specials to reserve a lane.

Thunderbird Lanes
1475 West Street Rd., Warminster, PA 18974
(215) 674-8250

Reserve your lane for Thunderbird’s early evening bowling for the whole family. Enjoy 3 hours of bowling, a hot buffet, unlimited drinks, party favors, trivia games and entertainment. Lanes are available from 6-9 pm but spots are filling up fast. View the event flyer at http://www.phillybowl.com/events and contact the lanes to place your reservation.

New Years Rolling Eve – Oaks, PA
The Water Tower at Arnold’s Family Fun Center
2200 West Dr., Oaks, PA, 19456

Plan on being in Oaks for an evening of fun, music, and entertainment at New Year’s Rolling Eve. The Water Tower’s all inclusive package includes Go-Karts, Laser Tag, 1,000 arcade points, unlimited bowling, live music by The Sofa Kings and an open bar and buffet starting at 9 pm. Doors open at 8pm. Champagne toast at midnight. Book your spot online at arnoldsffc.com or by calling 610-666-0600. Tickets are $65 per person in advance or $75 at the door. Special hotel rates are available at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn.

Sublime with Rome – Valley Forge, PA
Valley Forge Casino and Resort
1160 1st Ave., King of Prussia, PA 19406

Rock in the New Year as the Valley Forge Music Fair presents Sublime with Rome for a New Year’s Eve CHILL-ebration in the Event Center. Show time is 10 pm, tickets are $30. Reserve online at https://www.vfcasino.com/events/sublime-with-rome

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