New Year’s Eve Parties for Families Around the Main Line
Ring in the new year around town with these early celebrations.
Hard to believe the year is already coming to an end, but it’s time to say goodbye to 2018 and welcome the New Year! Even if your kids are too little to stay up til midnight, there are lots of ways to celebrate early in the day. Here are our picks for the suburbs.
Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore
10 am — 1 pm
Spend your morning rocking out at Ardmore Music Hall with Alex and The Kaleidoscope as they ring in the New Year with their unique and positive sound. There will be a bar for the grownups, face painting, balloon art, crafts,a photobooth, and more. And of course, at noon, there will be a festive balloon drop!
6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore (also at their West Chester location: 109 N. High Street, West Chester)
10 am — 12:30 pm
Wear something white and celebrate with Mad Beatz Drumline! Plus face painting, photobooth, and fun! There will also be pizza and refreshments for the kids (plus mimosas for the parents). Email email@example.com to register.
100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
Noon — 7 pm
You can spend the entire day celebrating New Year’s with all your pals from Sesame Street. Earlier in the day, have a celebratory meal and take character photos at The Count’s Countdown to New Year Celebration. Then, after a day of playing at the park and the 6 pm Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade, you can rock out with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and Count von Count, as the music of Sesame Street fills the air and the sky lights up with fireworks—all part of the “C… is for Celebrate!” fireworks extravaganza.
611 Park Way, Broomall
11 am — 1 pm
Kids will enjoy a DJ dance party, inflatables, face painting, and a climb up Marple Mountain. And when it’s noon, there’s a massive balloon drop to welcome 2019
130 W. Main St., Collegeville
11 am—1 pm
Bounce U’s countdown to noon includes bouncing, noon balloon drop, a special New Year’s party favor, and a sweet treat. Pre-register online.
3015 W. Germantown Pike, Fairview Village
11 am – noon
Kids will practice yoga, create a New Year’s themed craft and enjoy a healthy snack, all culminating in a countdown to noon. Great for kids ages 4 to 9 (or any child who won’t be able to stay up till 12 midnight)—parents do not need to stay.
2228 Haverford Road, Ardmore
7— 10 pm
Reserve a lane and get three hours of unlimited bowling, disco lights, a DJ playing music, pizza and refreshments. Then, do an early New Year’s countdown with party favors and other prizes!
560 Wellington Square, Exton
11 am—4 pm
Al Pastor has an early open at 11 am, and the live music starts at noon. At 3 pm, there will be an early ball drop with a champagne and sparkling apple cider toast. Plus, lots of great raffles all afternoon.
1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square
Gardens are open 9 am — 10 pm
Take in the beautiful gardens lit up for the holidays, and enjoy live musical performances by strolling carolers, a brass band, and more throughout the afternoon and evening.
Lower Merion Libraries’ Noon Year’s Eve Parties
Three libraries in Lower Merion are having early family parties for little ones, with crafts and celebration. Belmont Hills Library is having a party with storytime, crafts, snacks, and a countdown starting at 11 am. Ludington Library is doing a noon countdown with party hats and noisemakers starting at 11:30 am. And Penn Wynne Library is doing a “Noon Year’s Eve Ball Drop” in front of the library at noon.
Looking for more? Here’s how Philly is celebrating NYE!
Photograph by Laura Swartz.