It’s easy to create a New Year’s Eve celebration at home for the kids by ripping up construction paper for confetti, drinking ginger ale and snacking on appetizers while watching a favorite televised countdown. But, if a quiet evening at home isn’t good enough for ringing in 2013, there’s plenty of events where kids are welcomed locally and don’t have to worry about staying up late.
The Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill will ring in the new year first with a celebration at 10 a.m. If that’s a little too early, the museum will have two more parties – one at noon and another at 2 p.m. – with singing, dancing and a countdown.
The Camden Waterfront will co-host not one, but two firework shows with Philadelphia. Called “Twice the Fireworks, Twice the Fun,” the event will add to its traditional midnight fireworks display an early bird fireworks show at 6 p.m., perfect for little ones who may not be able to stay up late. Both shows will be unique and feature different musical soundtracks.
Families can watch the fireworks for free at Wiggins Park at the Camden Waterfront, or enjoy festivities at Adventure Aquarium or on Battleship New Jersey.
Adventure Aquarium is inviting families to its New Year’s Eve Splash from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The evening will include family-friendly music and activities, up-close animal encounters, character appearances and a special New Year’s Eve Countdown Dance Party. Tickets are limited and cost $30 for each adult and $25 for each child ages 2-12.
Maenwhile, the Battleship New Jersey will open its decks starting at 4 p.m. for both the 6 p.m. and midnight fireworks shows. On the battleship, families will enjoy music, dancing, food and bar concessions. Tickets are $10 each.
In Mount Holly, families can celebrate at First Night Burlington County 2013: Year of the Snake. The event will have activities focussed on snakes and reptiles, as well as music performances and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Buttons, which are available at two for $13, are required for admission to indoor activities. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends after the fireworks display.
First Night Haddonfield takes over downtown with events starting at 6 p.m. The celebration features a KidZone in the middle school with activities and performances. There will also be magicians, comedians, singers and other performers throughout Kings Highway suitable for families.
The event lasts until midnight, but there will be a family countdown and fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission is available by purchasing $15 buttons, which can be purchased up until 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
For families wishing to strike in the new year, Playdrome in Cherry Hill will have five hours (9 p.m. to 2 a.m.) of unlimited bowling for $199.99 per lane. The price includes shoes, buffet dinner with unlimited soft drinks and favors. There will also be a DJ, countdown with champagne toast at midnight and giveaways.
The bowling center will also have two earlier three-hour unlimited bowling parties, with the 1-4 p.m. one costing $89.99 per lane and the 5-8 p.m. costing $124.99 per lane. Space is limited, so reservations are needed.
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