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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 6–8:30 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 2017

MAYO Performing Arts Center
100 South St., Morristown
973-455-0708; firstnightmorris.com
Kids programs run 4:45–9 pm

Featuring nearly 200 artists in over 85 events at more than 26 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.

Happy New Year Parade

Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft
732-747-2266; monmouthmuseum.org
10 am-12:30 pm

Bring your hats and noise makers for this parade and celebration. The countdown starts at noon to welcome 2017. Toast with ginger ale.

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 limbo before eating tons of food. Also includes a foam party and sparkling cider toast for the kids. $64.95 per person at the door, although kids 2 and under are free.

New Year's at Noon

Garden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill
856-424-1233; discoverymuseum.com
Noon-3 pm

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 2016.

New Year's Eve Family Fun

STRYXE
300 Main St., Madison
973-377-8919; stryxe.com
5-7pm

Reserve your bowling lanes now for up to six people a lane. Bowl, snack on tapas, Tabisca pizzas and treats and ring in the new year in a casual, fun way. Reservations are $175 a lane plus a fee.

New Year’s Eve at the Funplex

Funplex
182 Rte. 10 W., East Hanover
973-428-1166; funplexeasthanover.com
7 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, music and an all you can eat buffet? We didn't think so. Special online price of $49 beforehand or $54 at the door. Plus, receive a bonus arcade card worth $10. Your kids will be ecstatic about that, no doubt!

New Year's Eve Party at iPlay America

iPlay America
110 Schanck Rd., Freehold
732-577-8200; iplayamerica.com
7:30 pm-1 am

Your all-access pass includes unlimited rides, a $10 game card, party favors, a confetti cannon and admission to both live music and a light show. Grab some tasty grub on the mock-boardwalk. There's an adult cocktail area for the parents, too.

New Year’s Eve Splash

Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr., Camden
856-365-3300; adventureaquarium.com

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.

Ocean City First Night

Various locations
609-399-1412; firstnightoceancitynj.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.

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