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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
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.

First Night Morris County

Multiple venues, Morristown
973-455-0708; firstnightmorris.com
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.

First Night Ocean County

Boardwalk on Sheridan Ave., Seaside Heights
732-830-3700; exit82.com
Noon-5 pm

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!

Midnight at the Oasis

535 N. Rte. 73, West Berlin
856-767-7580; saharasams.com
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.

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 2017 at noon or 3 pm. Included with general admission. 

New Year's Eve at Funplex

182 Rte. 10 W., East Hanover
973-428-1166; funplexeasthanover.com
All day

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. 

New Year's Eve Party at iPlay America

110 Schanck Rd., Freehold
732-577-8200; iplayamerica.com
Time TBA

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.

New Year's Eve at STRYXE Bowling Alley

300 Main St., Madison
973-377-8919; stryxe.com
5:30-8:30 pm

Reserve your bowling lanes now for up to six people a lane. Enjoy three hours of unlimited bowling, bowling shoes, soft drinks and an open table featuring tapas, specialty Tabisca-style pizza, sweets and champagne toast for guests 21 and older. Reservations are $275 per lane. This event sold out last year, so be sure to reserve your space ASAP! 

Ocean City First Night

Various locations, Ocean City
609-399-1412; firstnightoceancitynj.com
4 pm-Midnight

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. 

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