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Countdown2Noon at the Please Touch Museum

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Parties On Ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

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Kids' New Year's Eve Countdown at Franklin Square

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New Year's Eve on the Battleship New Jersey

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15+ Things to Do With Kids on New Year’s Eve
in Philadelphia for 2017/2018

Ring in 2018 with the whole family in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a great destination for families looking for all-ages New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Revelers small and tall can ring in 2018 with a Countdown2Noon at the Please Touch Museum, a special “Square Drop” at Franklin Square or a party with the fishes at the Adventure Aquarium.

Many of the celebrations grant stellar views of the explosive early evening fireworks show at Penn’s Landing at 6 p.m.

For our full guide on what to do with the kiddos this New Year’s Eve, check out our guide below.

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New Year's Eve Fireworks at the Independence Seaport Museum

Maritime merriment abounds on New Year’s Eve when the Independence Seaport Museum stays open late for the annual family fireworks viewing party kicking off at 5 p.m. on its second-floor balcony. Little ones are invited to embark on a holiday-themed scavenger hunt that winds its way throughout the museum before heading up to the balcony to catch the 6 p.m. fireworks show.
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Family New Year’s Eve Party 2018 at Dave & Buster’s

Battle your kid in a friendly arcade game competition at Dave and Buster’s, where New Year’s Eve is all about fun. Enjoy a special holiday celebration that also includes a buffet designed for both adults and kids as well as incredible (indoor!) views of the 6 p.m. fireworks show over the waterfront.
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Kiddie Countdown in the Sky 2017 at SkyGarten

For sky-high views of the 6 p.m. fireworks show, head to Center City’s SkyGarten. The 51st floor biergarten hosts an all-ages event, serving up one free hot chocolate per kid and $10 spiked hot chocolate options for the adults. A joint countdown will gear up the whole family for the show.
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New Year's Day Family Jam at Ardmore Music Hall

At Ardmore Music Hall, the ball drops at the strike of 12 – noon, not midnight – for families looking to celebrate with live music for all ages. The celebration features a live performance by Alex & The Kaleidoscope along with activities such as balloon art, face painting, caricature sessions and crafting opportunities.
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