Wondering what to do with the kiddies on New Years?
Maybe staying up until midnight is not an option.
If you live in the South Jersey, Philadelphia area here are some great alternatives most definitely to produce a memorable New Years outing.
1. Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, Pa. Your kids may not be able to stay up until midnight, but should be able to push noon, if their map time allows. Join the Countdown to noon festivities at the Please Touch Museum on December 31st, they will countdown to noon not once but twice. Regular museum admission required, $9.95 per adult and child over 12 and over.
2. Garden State Discovery Museum, Cherry Hill, NJ. Mom and Dad, still a bit tired from your own New Years festivities? No worries! The Discovery Museum opens late, 11:00am on New Years Day (yes, they are open). Show up between 11:00am and noon, with kids still in their PJs and kids get in free! Unless you show up between 11:00am and noon, regular museum admission applies, $9.95 per adult and child 12 months and over.
3. Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pa. Ring in the New Years with fun filled festivities at the Gardens, among their magical light displays. Enjoy Ice Skating, Balloon Artists, Strolling Carolers, Face-painting, a kids craft station and much more. Don’t worry about having to stay up until midnight, fireworks top of the night at 9:15. Festivities begin shortly after noon!
4. Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, Pa. For the New Years high rollers, celebrate at the beautiful Kimmel Center for their Family Fun Brunch. Along with their tasty brunch enjoy cookie decorating and games and crafts for the kids. Enjoy “box” seats for the parade, watching from behind the glass, and two 50″ plasma TVs to catch the action. Cost $60 per adult and $35 per child.
5. Jelly Bean Jungle, Marlton, NJ. This great indoor play center is hosting a New Years Eve Party, kid-style from 11:00am to 1:00 pm. Besides endless fun, playing in the ball pit and climbing on their amazing indoor jungle gym, join the festivities and participate in a Times Square Countdown ball and confetti drop.Admission is $9.00 per child in advance or $13.25 at the door (this includes one child and 2 adults)
6. Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pa. Browse through science displays, a larger than life train display or venture through the human heart. Get back into the holiday spirit by experiencing The Polar Express, now playing on IMAX. If you visit the museum now through December 31st, admission for kids 11 and under is free!Museum opens at 9:30am, get there early to beat the crowds.
7. Of course, don’t forget to build a family tradition by attending the legendary 107th Annual Mummer’s Day Parade. The parade with its string band and colorful, outrageous costumes and floats, kick off at 8:30am, departing from Washington Ave moving north along broad street to City Hall.
If you aren’t in the mood to fight the crowds and battle the traffic, build your own family tradition by creating things you can do at home. Besides my low key favorites (and non-creative), renting movies, watching celebrations on TV and ordering out, Family Fun Magazine has some great ideas to ring in the new years in style from the comfort of your home.
1. Bubble Wrap Stomp.Just before midnight, unroll it on a hard surface and as midnight rings, join in on the “stomp”, creating fireworks sounds. Who doesn’t love bubble wrap?
2. Create a Midnight Balloon shower. I am sure this would be a hit with any toddler.
3. Get creative and make your own New Years noisemakers.
4. Spice up the night with some Nacho Cheese Tortillas. This is a nice and easy recipe, to add some extra fun, cook with the kids.
5. Add a little sweetness with some Fondue Fun. Dipping anything in cheese or chocolate is sure to be a big hit. Who knows, you may even get the kids to ring in the New Years with a couple veggies.
Check out Family Fun for plenty more ideas on creatively ringing in the New year!
Whatever you do, wherever you do it, just make it safe and have fun!
New Years are a great way to celebrate the past and look forward to what the new year has to offer.
Psst! Live in Southern New Jersey/ Philadelphia area? Check out my link at the top, right hand side of this page for kid-friendly things to do in the area. It is a work in progress, so check back for new additions. Share your own feedback and experiences.