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Countdown 2 Noon at the Please Touch Museum

Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

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Family-Friendly New Year’s Celebrations in Philadelphia for 2014/2015

Ring in 2015 with the whole family in Philadelphia

Updated for 2014/2015

Philadelphia is the perfect destination for families searching for kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Revelers of all ages can ring in 2015 with a “Countdown to Noon” at the Please Touch Museum, a special “Square Drop” at Franklin Square or party with the fishes at Adventure Aquarium before the explosive fireworks show at Penn’s Landing at 6 p.m.

Check out more of our top family-friendly celebrations, below.

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Countdown to 2015 at the Hyatt at Penn's Landing

Philadelphia County
Hyatt Regency Penn

The Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing is hosting an incredible all-ages celebrations to celebrate 2015. Kids and adults can enjoy a family buffet, face painting, activities and more before heading to Keatings’s River Grill for a front-row view of the New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River at 6 p.m. and an explosion of desserts and sweets. Guests will receive free parking from 4-7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Garage.
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Early New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia

Philadelphia County
Spirit of Philadelphia

Those in the mood to celebrate the New Year on the open water can set sail on the Spirit of Philadelphia. Families can enjoy an early cruise aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Celebrate with a soda and juice bar, dinner buffed, dancing and spectacular views of the 6 p.m. fireworks on the Delaware River. Tickets from $99.90 per adult; $59.90 for children 3-12.
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New Year’s Eve Splash at Adventure Aquarium

Camden, NJ

Party with the fishes at Adventure Aquarium’s third annual New Year’s Eve Splash. Families can celebrate the New Year with the Aquarium’s shark mascot Gill while enjoying a special New Year’s Eve “Countdown” Dance Party from 5-8:30 p.m. Guests also get exclusive access to the entire aquarium, family-friendly music and activities, up-close animal encounters and a free New Year's gift (one per family or group). Head out on to the Aquarium’s Waterfront promenade for a spectacular view of the New Year’s Eve fireworks at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $18 for children 2-12 (children under two get in FREE) and can be purchased online.
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New Year's Eve with the Philadelphia Orchestra

Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra is saying goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015 with the timeless music of Strauss, Mozart, Haydn and more. Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the New Year’s Eve concert starting at 7:30 p.m., giving you plenty of time to countdown to midnight with your loved ones.
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Toast with a Ghost at the Powel House

Philadelphia County

Looking for something a little different this New Year’s Eve? Celebrate with past revelers at the historic Powel House during the fifth annual New Year’s Eve Ghost Tour on December 31. Take a candlelight tour of the Colonial-era home before enjoying a champagne (or sparkling cider) “Toast with a Ghost” Tours leave every hour from 7 to 11 p.m. and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks.
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Betsy’s Birthday Bash at the Betsy Ross House

Philadelphia County
Betsy Ross House

Celebrate New Year’s Eve and Betsy’s 263rd birthday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Betsy Ross House. Family-friendly activities are free with house admission, and attendees can also enjoy free cupcakes from the historic City Tavern.
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Balloon Drop at Bucks County Children’s Museum

New Hope, Bucks County

The Bucks County Children’s Museum will also be counting down to noon with plenty of events to make sure your last day of 2014 is fun and exciting. The museum will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and guests can look forward to balloon drops at both noon and 2 p.m.
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