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Things To Do with Kids on New Year's Eve

Our picks for the top family-friendly celebrations in NJ


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From traditional fireworks displays to water park celebrations, there are countless ways to ring in the New Year with your family. Check out our picks for the best family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations in New Jersey.

First Night Haddonfield

Downtown Haddonfield, Haddonfield
firstnighthaddonfield.org
The Kid Zone is open 6–8:45 pm

Head to historic Haddonfield’s Kings Highway for over 15 venues featuring magic, music, comedy, dance and theater shows, plus midnight fireworks and a Kidzone (specific games and activities for the 9-and-under crowd), all in an alcohol-free environment! Dramatic fireworks are the highlight for New Year’s Eve revelers. Make sure you buy your buttons in advance.

First Night Morris 2016

Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South St., Morristown
973-539-8008; firstnightmorris.com
Kids programs run 4:45–10 pm

Featuring over 300 artists and 80 performers in 24 venues, all within walking distance of the historic Morristown Green (plus two fireworks displays at 9:15 pm and 12 am!). Family friendly and alcohol-free, this is NJ’s largest first night event.

Midnight at the Oasis

Sahara Sam's
535 N. Rte. 73, West Berlin
856-767-7580; saharasams.com
7 pm–12:30 am

Splash the night away on the countless water slides, dance to live music, win prizes and join a park-wide Congo line before eating tons of food. Also includes a foam party and sparkling cider toast for the kids. $59.95 per person at the door although kids 2 and under are free.

New Year’s Eve at Crystal Springs

Crystal Springs Resort
1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg
973-827-4467; crystalspringgolfresort.com

Celebrate 2015 in style at the Crystal Springs Resort with an over-the-top party, featuring a family-style buffet, DJ entertainment, games, dancing, magicians and balloon artists. Ages 12 and over $75, 4-11 $37, and 3 and under are free!

New Year’s Eve at the Funplex

Funplex
182 Rte. 10 W., East Hanover
973-428-8772; funplexeasthanover.com
6:30 pm–12:30 am

Can you think of a better way to ring in the New Year than with six hours of unlimited indoor attractions (plus 40 free tokens!), music and an all you can eat buffet? We didn't think so. Special online price of $49 beforehand or $54 at the door. Reserve before 11/30 and receive a bonus arcade card worth $10. Your kids will be ecstatic about that, no doubt!

New Year’s Eve Splash

Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr., Camden
856-365-3300; adventureaquarium.com
10 am–6:30 pm

Spend the day exploring Adventure Aquarium (still totally decked-out for Christmas with giant decorations and tons of lights!) and its 8,500 animals before celebrating the New Year (a few hours early) with a spectacular fireworks show. Countdown begins at 8 PM so get there as early as you wish to enjoy the hippos and fun.

“Noon” Year’s Eve

Pump It Up
10 Middleberry Blvd., Randolph
973-252-9777
8 Commerce Way #135, Hamilton Township
609-586-5517
pumpitupparty.com
Throughout the day starting at 11 am

If you’ve got youngsters that will have fallen asleep by the strike of midnight, Pump It Up has the New Year’s celebration for you. Bring the family to this indoor play place for some bouncing before the countdown to “Noon” Year’s Eve, with four different jump times to choose from this year.

Ocean City First Night

300 West 9th St., Ocean City
609-399-1412; oceancityfirstnightnj.com

With eight hours of non-stop entertainment at different venues throughout the town, you will enjoy yourself to the fullest. With events right up until midnight, your time will be spent to the absolute max this year in the most enjoyable way possible.

Hogmanay Bonfire

The Great Meadow at Brearley House
100 Meadow Rd.
609-895-1728
Call ahead for times

Celebrate this coming New Year with an ancient Scottish tradition. Toss all of last year’s bad memories into the fire in order to welcome in a New Year of happiness, health, and love. Free hot cocoa and cake and a concert to follow the festivities.

Lambertville New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Fireworks display over the Delaware River
fireworksinpennsylvania.com
9:30 pm

Enjoy a beautiful fireworks display from downtown Lambertville. Luminous blues, yellows, and reds (among others) burst into full color above your head as you sit with family and snap pictures.

New Year’s Eve Kid’s Kazoo Parade

729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood
856-869-0111; collingswood.com
4:15 pm

This event is the Pop Shop’s fifth annual Kid’s Kazoo Parade in Collingswood. Mummers from a local string band will lead children as they joyously parade down Haddon Avenue. After the parade, kids will be given confetti to throw and will host their own New Year’s countdown (before midnight of course) as the Pop Shop closes at 10 pm. This is a great way for kids to kick off the New Year and will hopefully become a yearly tradition for your family. Kazoos are provided.

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