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.
(And if you’re looking for adult festivities, take a look at our New Year’s Eve Guide.)
Ardmore Music Hall New Year’s Eve Family Jam
23 East Lancaster Ave, Ardmore
Bring in the new year family style at The Ardmore Music Hall!
Ardmore Music Hall’s New Year’s Eve (Day) Family Jam features Alex & The Kaleidoscope and DJ Mighty Flipside spinning your favorite family jams. There will be a dance party, face painting, balloons, photo booth and more! $20 tickets in advance and $25 at the door.
Noon Year’s Eve at Upper Dublin Library
805 Loch Alsh Avenue, Fort Washington
11 a.m. to noon
Come and rock the morning away as you count down to noon! There will be stories, dancing and more. This event is fod kids ages 3 through 10 and their families.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Noon Year’s Eve Duplo Ball Drop
Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 West Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting
Arrive before noon to celebrate with the annual LEGO Duplo Ball Drop! Grab a complimentary noise maker (while supplies last) and bring in the New Year with a glass of sparkling cider. Join the dance party with some of the 2019 mascots in the build challenge area. This is also the final day of Holiday Bricktacular. Purchase tickets online to guarantee entry.
Noon Year’s Eve at Highland’s Mansion and Gardens
7001 Sheaff Lane, Fort Washington
Dress up your children ages ten and under and bring them to a dance party with a special balloon drop at the stroke of 12 noon! Music, dancing, toys, cookies, bubbles and balloons to start the new year with lots of fun! Just $5 per child.
Midnight in Germany – New Year’s Eve at Workhorse Brewing Company
250 King Manor Drive, King of Prussia
Celebrate the New Year early with a kid-friendly party at Workhorse Brewing Company! The party goes from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a countdown to 6 p.m. (Midnight in Germany!) There will be live music, games and more! Bring the whole family, kids under 18 are free! Tickets are $74.95 and include all the beer you can drink and all-you-can-eat German fare with favorites such as Schweinbraten, German potato salad, Bavarian pretzels, Raclette fondue station, and a mac and cheese bar. You’ll also receive a limited edition beer stein, guided tour of the brewhouse and sparkling wine toast at 6 p.m. Purchase tickets here.
Outside Montco But Worth the Drive …
Countdown to Noon at Peddler’s Village with Lolly and YoYo
Giggleberry Fair, 166 Carousel Lane, New Hope
11 a.m. to noon
Celebrate the last day of 2019 with a super fun SHOW inside at Giggleberry! Come play, dance, sing and countdown to NOON! This is a free event.
C is for Celebrate Fireworks at Sesame Place
100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with fireworks at approximately 6:25 p.m.
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.
Please Touch Museum New Year’s Eve Countdown 2 Noon Event
Please Touch Museum, Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
While not in Bucks County, Countdown2Noon is one of Please Touch Museum’s most popular annual events and worth the drive. With live music, a countdown performance, and a traditional New Year’s Eve ball drop, get into the party spirit and ring in the new year together! Activities include confetti bag decorating, make-your-own Mummer’s inspired outfit and parasol, storytime, songs, a performance by Avalon String Band, and more.
New Year’s Eve Splash at Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive, Camden
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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. Purchase tickets here.