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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

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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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SugarHouse Casino New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront

Ring in the New Year with two fireworks shows on the Delaware River Waterfront

New Year's Eve Fireworks In Philadelphia New Year's Eve Fireworks In Philadelphia
— Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC

The SugarHouse Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront delivers two major shows to close out the year with a (double) bang. The first display takes place at 6 p.m., perfect for those kiddos who might not make it to the midnight showcase.

Where: 101 S. Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19106

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New Year’s Eve Parties on Ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Seasonal wintertime park on the Delaware River Waterfront

— Photo courtesy Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Philly’s waterfront ice skating rink and winter oasis hosts two ticketed New Year’s Eve parties coinciding with the fireworks shows – one at 5 p.m. (for the 6 p.m. fireworks) and one at 10 p.m. (for the midnight fireworks). Each celebration features live entertainment, food from Garces Group and Chickie’s and Pete’s, special holiday giveaways and one of the best firework views in the city.

Where: 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Countdown2Noon at the Please Touch Museum

Where kids ages 1 – 7 are boss

The Please Touch Museum hosts a New Year's Eve countdown for the whole family. — Courtesy Please Touch Museum

Bring out the whole family for a midday countdown at the Please Touch Museum, filled with music and confetti at both noon and 1 p.m. Tickets to the Countdown2Noon celebration include museum entry, so show up as early as 9 a.m. to explore one of Philly’s most hands-on cultural institutions.

Where: 4231 Avenue of the Republic Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park Philadelphia, PA 19131

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Kids' New Year's Eve Countdown at Franklin Square

Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more

— Photo by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Historic Franklin Square kicks off New Year’s Eve at 3 p.m. with craft-making activities for those of all ages. At 6 p.m., the “square” drop unfolds, and after, the pavilion hosts an indoor kids’ dance party until 8 p.m. In between all of the festivities, families can watch the free Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show.

Where: 200 N. 6th St Philadelphia, PA 19103

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New Year's Eve Fireworks at the Independence Seaport Museum

— R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

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.

Where: 211 S. COLUMBUS BOULEVARD PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106

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New Year's Eve Splash at the Adventure Aquarium

The Adventure Aquarium hosts extended hours on New Year’s Eve for families who want to party with the fishies until the 6 p.m. fireworks show goes off. The holiday celebration features a DJ dance party and waterfront views of the SugarHouse Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront. All New Year’s Eve Splash activities are included with general admission.

Where: 1 Riverside Drive Camden, NJ 08103

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New Year's Eve on the Battleship New Jersey

Admiral “Bull” Halsey’s flagship and the nation’s most decorated battleship

— R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The historic Battleship New Jersey offers unparalleled views of the fireworks from the battleship’s deck this New Year’s Eve. Visitors are welcome aboard the ship two hours in advance of each fireworks show. The event costs $10 per person, which serves as a donation toward the ongoing restoration of the battleship.

Where: 100 Clinton St. Camden, NJ 08103

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Early New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner on the Spirit of Philadelphia

Cruise the Delaware River in style

The Spirit of Philadelphia hosts an early evening dinner that offers a stellar view of the 6 p.m. fireworks show over the Delaware River waterfront. Families are invited to climb aboard beginning at 4 p.m. and settle in for a festive evening complete with a buffet-style dinner, DJ entertainment and dancing.

Where: 401 S Christopher Columbus Blvd Philadelphia, PA 19106

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New Year's Eve on the Waterfront at Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing

Enjoy a scenic, waterfront location at this Penn's Landing hotel in Philadelphia

Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
— Photo courtesy Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing

The Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing hosts a number of New Year’s Eve celebrations this year. At 4 p.m., a family celebration kicks off in the ballroom, featuring a dinner buffet and views of the 6 p.m. fireworks show. Also at 4 p.m., Keatings Rope and Anchor, Bar + Kitchen — the Hilton Philadelphia’s restaurant — will host a dinner followed by opportunities to view the 6 p.m. fireworks show. The restaurant will host another dinner buffet with live entertainment from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Families are invited to all three celebrations.

Where: 201 S. Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19106

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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.

Where: 325 N. Columbus Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19106

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New Year's Eve on One Liberty Observation Deck

A top notch spot for sky-high views of Philadelphia and the surrounding region

Get a stellar view of the fireworks from 57 floors up at One Liberty Observation Deck. — Photo courtesy One Liberty Observation Deck

Philly’s tallest attraction offers families a stellar view of the New Year’s Eve fireworks this year. Starting at 4 p.m., residents and visitors can enjoy $2 off admission at One Liberty Observation Deck, just in time to catch the 6 p.m. fireworks show from a stunning vantage point.

Where: 1650 Market St. 57th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Kiddie Countdown in the Sky 2017 at SkyGarten

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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.

Where: 1717 Arch St, 51st floor., Philadelphia, PA 19103

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The Count's Countdown to New Year's Celebration at Sesame Place

Nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning television show, Sesame Street®

— Courtesy of Sesame Place

Countdown to 2018 with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street characters at Sesame Place’s New Year’s Eve bash, unfolding at noon, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Families are invited to snap photos and score autographs with characters like Count von Count, Elmo and more, and enjoy a celebratory buffet-style meal.

Where: 100 Sesame Road Langhorne, PA 19047

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New Year's Eve Concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra

Hear why they are “The Fabulous Philadelphians”

Ring in the New Year with The Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Stéphane Denève. — J. Griffin for Visit Philadelphia

Music fans are invited to ring in the New Year with musical selections from around the world with conductor Stéphane Denève and The Philadelphia Orchestra. From Japan to India to Buenos Aires to New York, a wide array of musical treats await to close out the year in style.

Where: The Kimmel Center (Verizon Hall)Broad & Spruce StreetsPhiladelphia, PA 19102

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New Year’s Eve at Longwood Gardens

One of the world’s premier horticultural display gardens

— Courtesy of Longwood Gardens

It’s hard to find a more festive place to take the family than the magnificently decorated Longwood Gardens. The massive horticulture center rings in the New Year with music from a historic organ and steel drums, strolling carolers and more. The gardens are set to stay open until 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, after which visitors are encouraged to continue the celebration in nearby Kennett Square where a 700-pound illuminated mushroom drops at midnight.

Where: 1001 Longwood Road Kennett Square, PA 19348

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Bar Amis’s Family Friendly New Year’s Eve

At the Navy Yard’s Bar Amis, kids can enjoy a mocktail bar, games, face painting and a special kid’s buffet. The event also includes food for the adults, a Sir Kensington’s condiment and fry bar and a ball drop at 8 p.m.

Where: 4503 Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19112

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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.

Where: 23 Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003

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Historic Chocolate-Making Demonstration at The Betsy Ross House

The birthplace of the American flag

— M. Kennedy for Historic Philadelphia

Finish 2017 on a sweet note at The Betsy Ross House during the historic chocolate-making demonstration taking place on New Year’s Eve from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come out and learn about women’s role in the American Revolution, from making important military supplies, like flags and musket cartridges, to opting to serve “patriotic” beverages like chocolate and coffee rather than tea. At the celebration, those of all ages will be invited to sample the hot chocolate drink that colonists enjoyed.

Where: 239 Arch Street The American Flag House and Betsy Ross Memorial Philadelphia, PA 19106

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SugarHouse Casino New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront
New Year’s Eve Parties on Ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Countdown2Noon at the Please Touch Museum
Kids' New Year's Eve Countdown at Franklin Square
New Year's Eve Fireworks at the Independence Seaport Museum
New Year's Eve Splash at the Adventure Aquarium
New Year's Eve on the Battleship New Jersey
Early New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner on the Spirit of Philadelphia
New Year's Eve on the Waterfront at Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing
Family New Year’s Eve Party 2018 at Dave & Buster’s
New Year's Eve on One Liberty Observation Deck
Kiddie Countdown in the Sky 2017 at SkyGarten
The Count's Countdown to New Year's Celebration at Sesame Place
New Year's Eve Concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra
New Year’s Eve at Longwood Gardens
Bar Amis’s Family Friendly New Year’s Eve
New Year's Day Family Jam at Ardmore Music Hall
Historic Chocolate-Making Demonstration at The Betsy Ross House
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