Are you looking for fun and family friendly events to celebrate 2018?
While celebrating the new year may have involved festive drinks and dancing, that doesn’t have to end now that you have a family. In fact, New Jersey offers unique and engaging ways to celebrate with the entire family. From bowling to fireworks to playing in a museum, children can now be included no matter what their age in activities that are appropriate for them. We do recommend looking into the activities prior to December 31 as most require advanced purchase of tickets.
New Year’s Eve Celebrations for Kids in New Jersey
Adventure Aquarium’s Annual New Year’s Eve Splash (Camden) includes not only seeing marine life but also includes fireworks over the Delaware at 6pm.
Bounce U (Cherry Hill) New Year’s Eve Countdown is available at two different times to inspire children to bounce and play right before the countdown. Price includes Cosmic Bounce!
Bounce U (Paramus) Countdown to 12 Noon Bounce invites children to bounce 45 minutes in two different spaces but will stop all activity to countdown to noon so that they can enjoy a balloon drop followed up with pizza!
Bounce U (Blackwood) New Year’s Eve Countdown will have kids enjoying the Cosmic Bounce. Two different time slots are available so that children can burn additional energy.
The Big Playhouse (Westwood) New Year’s Countdown to Noon will be overflowing with hats and noisemakers as balloons descend from the ceiling at noon. From 10am – 12pm, children will be running and dancing to the new year.
Funplex (East Hanover) has the party running from 7pm- 12:30am. Unlimited rides and attractions for over six hours and a buffet means the family can play the night away as 2018 begins!
Battleship NJ (Camden) Spend the First Night enables families to spend the first night of 2018 on the historic battleship. Eat dinner and breakfast at the chow line, learn about naval history and watch the fireworks over the Delaware.
First Night Morris (Morristown) rings in its 26th year of family friendly entertaining on New Year’s Eve. Families can enjoy the unique creatures from Rizzo’s Wildlife World, circus performer Mr. Fish and fun with Lego bricks. Fireworks at 9:15pm mean kids can see a splash of color at night.
First Night Haddonfield (Haddonfield) is a family oriented event that will offer endless entertainment opportunities across 15 venues. Families can enjoy activities such as a magic show, concerts, the Kid Zone, fireworks, petting zoo and more!
Ocean City First Night (Ocean City) has a non-stop schedule of family friendly events such as a telescope, Pinkalicious and even jugglers! Over the night, your family can decide which events and activities to attend leading up to fireworks at midnight.
Garden State Discovery Museum (Cherry Hill) which has a wonderful focus on learning through play will have a New Year’s Eve celebration from 12-3pm. Singing and dancing will welcome in the new year.
iPlay America (Freehold) New Year’s Eve party includes dj light shows, games with prizes, confetti cannons and watching the ball drop on the big screen. An adult cocktail area will also be available. Of course there is also unlimited rides which will have everyone screaming from a great time!
Medieval Times (Lyndhurst) A Medieval New Year’s Eve will have everyone feasting on hors d’oeuvres and a four course meal, however, the real attraction is the epic battles that will take place and the invitation for everyone to go into the Museum of Torture. At midnight, children will get a non-alcoholic beverage to toast the new year.
Pump It Up (Randolph, Freehold, Roselle Park, Marlton and Hamilton) Noon Year’s Eve Jump allows children to burn off excess energy. From hats to noisemakers to a balloon drop, this party has four different time slots for children to participate.
Circle Bowl & Entertainment (Ledgewood) offers Family New Year’s Eve parties the entire family will LOVE! Various packages are available from 3pm-12:30am. Some packages include bowling, shoe rentals, laser tag, game cards, food, raffle prizes and more!
Sahara Sam’s Oasis (West Berlin) NYE Midnight at the Oasis is perfect for water babies! Starting at 7pm, families don’t have to miss the tropical weather. Cider toasts for the children as they enjoy a foam party that only Sahara Sam’s can offer!
Sea Isle City (Sea Isle) New Year’s Eve Celebration’s theme this year is “From sea to shining sea” as families can enjoy New Year’s activities at a reasonable hour. Starting at 5:30pm activities will keep kids engaged until the crystal drop at 7 PM followed up with fireworks at 8pm.
Sweet and Sassy (Cherry Hill) New Year’s Eve Bash invites children to take a ride around the town center in a limo as well get a glittery make over and dance to the noon countdown.
Trenton Downtown Association (Trenton) Patriots Week gives the budding historian in your family the opportunity to develop a deeper appreciation of American history. On New Year’s Eve, families can watch battle reenactments, enjoy a walking tour or learn about Hamilton.
Don’t forget to check out your local library! It is not uncommon for the public library to host a noon story time that invites families with young children to celebrate new year’s.
BONUS: NYE Fun Outside New Jersey
Please Touch Museum Countdown to Noon allows children to celebrate the start of the new year before naptime. A favorite place to learn through play, there will also be live music and theatrical performances leading up to the ball drop at 12pm and 1pm.
If your kids are too little for New Year’s Eve check out our ideas to host fun and learning at home!