New Year’s Eve Parties for Families Around the Main Line
Even if your kids are too young to stay up 'til midnight, you can still share in the excitement of New Year's Eve!
Want to celebrate the New Year with your family, but don’t want to stay up late? Then pack up some noise-makers and join the fun at one of these “countdown to noon” and kid-friendly New Year’s Eve (day) celebrations. You can ring in the new year together and still be in bed at a decent hour!
Noon Year Events, December 27 – 30
Marple Public Library, 2599 Sproul Road, Broomall
Dec. 27 & 28, 2022, 11 am–12:30 pm
Join the Marple Library for a dance party, craft, a “Noon Year” countdown, and a snack! Recommended for kids up to age 6. Registration is required. The meeting room is limited to 50 people. The library is holding two Noon Year events (12/27 and 12/28). Both events will be exactly the same, so please only register for one.
Media-Upper Providence Library, 1 E. Front Street, Media
December 30, 2022, 11 am–Noon
Celebrate the coming of 2023 with the library! They’ll have toys, LEGOs, board games, the story time parachute, a craft, and maybe a special visitor! Best for ages 6 months–8 years old. Please register to attend.
Family-Friendly NYE on December 31
Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore
December 31, 2022; doors open at 10 am
Countdown to noon will be filled with balloons, cheers, and well wishes for all—a Saturday morning hang for the whole family! This family jam will feature live music by Alex & the Kaleidoscope playing their patented set of family funk plus New Year’s eve themed arts and crafts, a family friendly brunch menu, and more! General admission tickets are $20 per person.
Flight On Ice at Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack, 777 Harrah’s Boulevard, Chester
December 31, 2022, 11 am, 7 pm, and 10 pm.
New Year’s Eve at Flight on Ice is full of family-friendly fun! Rather than stay up late head over to Flight on Ice for one of their three New Year’s Eve skate sessions. The Countdown event, the “Rockin’ Glow” Event, and the Midnight Special event include: skating session with skate rental, a Happy New Year’s Eve celebration countdown, complimentary toast and party favors, mystery guest characters on the ice and more!
Arnold’s Family Fun Center, 2200 West Drive, Oaks
December 31, 2022, Noon–7 pm
Arnold’s at the Factory in Oaks is proud to present the third, family-focused Kids New Year’s Eve Party with a 4 pm countdown to the new year and balloon drop. Free admission, parking and up-close magic with KooKoo the Cartoon Magician. The NYE Countdown and Balloon Drop are free to participate as well. The party also includes a pizza buffet, goodie bag, moonbounces, 1000 play points for the arcade, rides, and more with ticket purchase.
The Barn Yard, 305 2nd Avenue, #212, Collegeville
December 31, 2022, 10 am–Noon and 1–3 pm
The Barn Yard will be counting down to the New Year with two party time slots for the little ones: 10 am–noon and 1–3 pm. They will be having a blast with snacks, balloon twisting, snacks, and a mega balloon drop over the farm when “midnight” hits. Free for members. Cost for non-members is $35 for the first child (includes 2 adults) and $25 for each additional child; $10 for each additional adult.
BounceU, 130 W. Main Street, Collegeville
December 31, 2022, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Looking to give your kids the New Year’s experience, but at a more reasonable time? Join BounceU for the big countdown to noon! The party includes bouncing, a balloon drop, a special New Year’s party favor, and a sweet treat. Be aware that parents and kids must wear socks in the bounce areas and we do not accept Groupons, LocalFlavor, or any other coupons for this special event. Pre-registration required. Space is limited and admission is non-refundable. Cost is $25 per child.
Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N Park Dr, Wilmington, DE
December 31, 2022, 11 am–12:15 pm
Celebrate the New Year zoo-style for kids by ringing in the New Year at noon! The zoo will have fun activities and a celebratory atmosphere with a group countdown to Noon. The day’s program takes place outside in the zoo, so dress for the weather! Hot chocolate will be available for purchase at the snack bar. Gate opens at 10 am. Some animals may not be out because of the cold weather. Cost is $5 per person; children under 3 are free. Tickets are available online only. Event is free for members, but registration is required.
Charming Star Playroom, 4627 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square
December 31, 2022, 9 am–Noon
Come play in the Charming Star Playroom and celebrate the new year! There will be special refreshments and at 11 am, Elsa comes for stories, games, dancing, and pictures. When the clock strikes noon, the balloon drops! Reserve your spot online; cost is $35.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Mtg.
December 31, 2022, 10 am–1 pm
LEGOLAND invite you and your family to ring in the New Year before the clock strikes “midnight” at our annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration. Be sure to arrive before noon to celebrate with our LEGO Duplo Ball Drop! Grab a complimentary noise maker (while supplies last) and help bring in the new year with a glass of sparkling apple cider. Don’t forget to celebrate with their LEGO character in the build challenge area for a group dance party! Event included with admission.
Bala Cynwyd Library, Gladwyne Library and Ludington Library
December 31, 2022
Three libraries in Lower Merion are having daytime, family parties for little ones, with crafts and celebration. Bala Cynwyd Library is having a New Year’s Countdown for ages 3-5 (registration required) with a special story and a countdown to noon. Gladwyne Library is having a Rockin’ Noon Years Eve party (registration required) with games, crafts, and treats and a countdown to noon. And Ludington Library is having a New Year’s Eve Craftpalooza in the Junior Room from 10 am to 4 pm for all ages.
Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Avenue, Ardmore
December 31, 2022, 10 am–Noon
Lulu’s Casita is excited to bring back their popular White Fiesta Countdown to Noon bash this year! Wear something white to bring good luck in the new year and join the celebration with Roots with Ruark for live music, a countdown, and a balloon drop. Plus, Mirabel & Elsa will also be there, helping to ring in the NOON YEAR. Space is limited, to secure your spot email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $30 per child and $5 per adult.
Marple Sports Arena, 611 Park Way, Broomall
December 31, 2022, 11 am–1 pm
Join Marple Sports Arena as they host their big and exciting New Year’s Eve family party. The party starts at 11 am and features DJ Kyle from Party Masters, Millennium Falcon Moon Bounce, a rock wall, skating, prize give aways, inflatable games, and special surprise attractions. The cafe will also be open. Cost is $15 for kids 17, and under and $3 for adults.
Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia
December 31, 2022, 9 am–3 pm
Please Touch Museum’s signature New Year’s Eve event for kids, is back — with even more confetti! Join them for performances, activities, and a countdown to their 12 pm ball drop in Hamilton Hall. Free on-street parking is available in front and around the Museum. Off-street parking is available in the Museum’s gated lot for $16; please be aware that the parking lot may become full. Free valet stroller parking will be available inside the Museum. Purchase tickets in advance.
Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
December 31, 2022, opens 11 am; fireworks at 7 pm
“C… is for Celebrate!” Ring in the New Year with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and Count von Count, as their music fills the air and the sky is covered with colorful bursts of brilliance. Entry into the park will be limited five minutes prior to the start of fireworks. Time subject to change.
Downtown West Chester
December 31, 2022, at 5 pm through January 1, 2023 at 9 pm
Celebrate New Year’s Weekend with your final chance to enjoy the thousands of twinkling lights that have transformed West Chester this holiday season! Chester County Hospital Lights Up Holiday Weekends in West Chester concludes with your final “glowing” stroll with family, friends, and neighbors through the borough’s historic streets, all while visiting the shops and restaurants that give the borough its unique charm.
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Lead photo courtesy of Marple Sports Arena. Laura Swartz contributed to this article.