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.
Downtown Haddonfield, Haddonfield
Kid Zone open 6-8:30 pm
Head to historic Haddonfield’s Kings Highway for more than 15 venues featuring magic, music, comedy, dance and theater shows, plus midnight fireworks and a Kidzone (games and activities especially 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: $15/each or 4 for $40.
Multiple venues, Morristown
Kids programs 4:45–9 pm; event ends 12:15 am
With 80 events at 24 venues, there's no shortage of alcohol-free family fun to be had here. Best part? All events are within walking distance of the historic Morristown Green, where you'll be able to catch fireworks before heading home. See everything from comedy shows to opera performances to children's musicians before grabbing dinner or walking through town. Tickets are $20-25.
Boardwalk on Sheridan Ave., Seaside Heights
Peruse the boardwalk, play arcade games, win prizes and munch on tasty boardwalk treats that'll remind you of warmer weather. Admission is free. Don't miss the 5 pm fireworks!
535 N. Rte. 73, West Berlin
7 pm–12:30 am
Splash the night away at Sahara Sam's on water slides, dance to live music, win prizes and join a park-wide limbo line before eating tons of food. Also includes a foam party and sparkling cider toast for the kids. $66.95 per person at the door ages 2 and up.
Garden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill
Want to ring in the new year without keeping the kids up until midnight? Take them to this kid-friendly celebration in the early afternoon. There's singing and dancing for your family to take part in before saying goodbye to 2017 at noon or 3 pm. Included with general admission.
182 Rte. 10 W., East Hanover
Can you think of a better way to ring in the New Year than with unlimited indoor attractions, music and an all-you-can-eat buffet? We didn't think so. Ticket pricing TBA.
110 Schanck Rd., Freehold
Go wild on amusement rides, tune in to live music and be dazzled by a light show. Grab some tasty grub on the mock-boardwalk. And yes, there's an adult cocktail area for the parents, too! Details and pricing TBA.
300 Main St., Madison
11 am-1 am
Reserve your bowling lanes now for up to six people a lane. Bowl, snack on tapas, Tabisca pizzas and treats, play arcade games and ring in the new year in a casual, fun way. Reservations are $175 a lane plus a fee, or take a risk as a walk-in and pay per game per person.
Various locations, Ocean City
With eight hours of non-stop entertainment at different venues throughout the town, you will enjoy yourself to the fullest. Be amazed by a mentalist, go for a dip in the pool, tune in to a choir or hit the skate part for skating with a live DJ. Prices TBA.