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The BEST New Jersey New Years Eve Events for Kids

It’s the eve of 2022 and New Year’s Events for kids and families are back! Once again we’re happy to share with you our annual listing of local New Year’s Eve events for families in New Jersey. They’re a great way to ring in the new year with your kids by your side. When my boys were younger the thought of them staying up until midnight was exhausting, so New Year’s Eve events for families that rang in the new year a few hours early were always a welcome change!

Now that my kids are teens, we might try something different like one of the New Year’s Eve events below. New Year’s Eve with kids has never been so much fun!

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How do you ring in the New Year with your kids?

In addition to the fun family activities listed below, there are tons of other ways to spend your New Year’s Eve as well! Not sure what to do? Try some of these ideas:

  • Celebrate the New Year at noon with noisemakers and party food.
  • Have a movie marathon until midnight where everyone gets to pick their favorite movie to watch together.
  • Take a walk around the block or stargaze in your backyard.
  • Make a memory jar of your family’s favorite memories from the year.
  • Have a special dinner where everyone gets to eat their favorite foods.

Heading Out for New Year’s Eve with Kids

Are you looking for local New Year’s Eve events for families? Do you want to attend a New Year’s Eve event in New Jersey where kids are welcome? Check out the listings below! No matter where you live in New Jersey there’s something fun for your family to do! Do keep in mind registration may be required as well as mask use.

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Planning Ahead for New Year’s Eve with Kids

To make your New Year’s Eve special for you and your family we are sharing our listing of local New Jersey New Year’s Eve events that are FAMILY FRIENDLY.

There is a charge for attending some of these events and some may require advance tickets. Check the links for more detailed information and a complete schedule of what New Year’s activities they are offering for kids and families.

Local New Year’s Eve Events for Families

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New Jersey New Year’s Eve Events for Kids and Families

Let’s start with New Jersey local New Year’s Eve events for families. Events crossed out are not listed as happening in 2021.

North Jersey New Year’s Eve Events for Families

These North Jersey New Year’s Eve kid-friendly events are still on for 2021

  • Madison New Year’s Eve event – Stryxe Madison New Year’s Eve Family Fun, 3 hours of bowling and a special menu. 5:30 – 8:30 pm or 9:30 – 12:30 pm. Stryxe Madison (bowling), Learn more at their site http://www.stryxe.com.
  • Morristown New Year’s Eve event – First Night Morris County, live, streaming, and on demand. New Year’s Eve 4:00 pm to midnight (and more events in the following days), Over 50 performances and film festival with over 40 films.  Learn more at their site http://www.firstnightmorris.com.
  • Sparta New Year’s Eve event – Sparta Lanes is offering family-friendly New Year’s Eve bowling parties at 5 pm and 7:30 pm. For 2 hours, families get of bowling, food, a mock countdown for the kids, and more. Reservations required. For more information visit their website, https://www.spartalanes.com/new-years-eve-form.

These North Jersey New Year’s Eve kid-friendly events are not happening in 2021

  • Clifton New Year’s Eve event – Join Shannon Rose for a family celebration as the clock strikes midnight in Dublin. Celebrate 4 pm – 7 pm with face painters, bagpipers, balloons, and a celebratory toast. Space is limited. Reservations required. More information at http://www.theshannonrose.com.
  • East Hanover New Year’s Eve event – Funplex, Tuesday 10 AM – 10 PM. Purchase an extreme band or FunBand and receive a ticket for a free dinner. Balloon drop at 8 PM. For more information check their website, http://www.thefunplex.com.
  • Ramsey New Year’s Eve event – Join Shannon Rose for a family celebration as the clock strikes midnight in Dublin. Celebrate 4 pm – 7 pm with face painters, bagpipers, balloons, and a celebratory toast. Space is limited. Reservations required. More information at http://www.theshannonrose.com.
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Central New Jersey New Year’s Eve Events for Families

These Central Jersey New Year’s Eve kid-friendly events are still on for 2021

  • Freehold New Year’s Eve Event – Ring in the New Year at iPlay America’s annual New Year’s Eve Celebration! Bring the entire family and enjoy a night of rides, party favors, games, live DJ, and giveaways! Admission starts at $42.99 when tickets are purchased in advanced. Tickets are available at the door for a higher price. Learn more on their website.
  • Long Branch New Year’s Eve event with fireworks  – Pier Village, New Year’s Eve. Ice skating throughout the day, and fireworks at 9 pm. For more information visit our event listing.
  • New Brunswick New Year’s Eve event with fireworks – Fireworks at the Monument Square Park at midnight.  Find out more on our New Jersey Calendar of Events.
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South Jersey New Year’s Eve Events for Families

These South Jersey New Year’s Eve kid-friendly events are still on for 2021

  • Atlantic City New Year’s Eve event with fireworks – New Year’s Eve fireworks in Atlantic City are back. At 9 PM on the Boardwalk, Tropicana will dazzle the sky with a vibrant firework performance. Free. You can learn more in our event listing.
  • Camden New Year’s Eve events with fireworks – The Battleship has several New Year’s Eve events with fireworks for families. What I’ve always loved is they offer an early evening and late evening fireworks shows, perfect for families with little ones that need to get to bed earlier in the night. This year there will also be fireworks on New Year’s Day. Learn more on their site http://www.battleshipnewjersey.org.
  • Collingswood New Year’s Eve event – The Pop Shop is holding a New Year’s Eve Party for kids with Anna and Elsa! Learn more on our New Jersey Calendar of Events.
  • Hammonton New Year’s Eve event- In Downtown Hammonton, in front of Town Hall at 100 Central Avenue when the town clock strikes midnight the Giant Blueberry will drop! The free event starts at 10 pm. Get more details in this calendar listing.
  • Jackson New Year’s Eve event with fireworks at Six Flags Great Adventure – For the first time ever Six Flags Great Adventure will have a fireworks show for New Year’s Eve at 9 pm. Follow that up with New Year’s Eve fireworks along Main Street at 9 p.m. and can be seen from the A Main Street Christmas area of the park. Fireworks are free with theme park admission, Season Pass or active Membership. If the fireworks are anything like they were in September, they will be phenomenal. Learn more at the Great Adventure website.
  • Lower Township Family New Year’s Eve Party – Food and music, game shows, face painting, inflatable slides, and more will be avaiable for kids to enjoy at this free New Year’s Eve party in Lower Township. Check our our event listing for more information.
  • Ocean City New Year’s Eve event – First Night Ocean City ($20 per person), First Night offers more than 70 opportunities to catch 30 different shows and activities at 21 venues throughout town. There’s music, rides, fireworks, shows, and more. You will find entertainment that satisfies every taste and age group. Learn more at their site http://www.firstnightocnj.com.
  • Seaside Heights New Year’s Eve event with fireworks – First Night Ocean County, New Year’s activities start at 12 pm, Fireworks at 5 pm, Businesses and arcades on the Boardwalk, Learn more on our New Jersey Calendar of Events listing.
  • Wildwood New Year’s Eve event – Mudhen Brewing Company offers a milk and cookies toast at 6 PM, along with a balloon drop and more. Registration is required. Visit their Facebook event for more information.

These South Jersey New Year’s Eve kid-friendly events are not happening in 2021

  • Brick New Year’s Eve event – D Fitness Studio gets your kids NYE ready with hair nails and makeup, and pizza, snacks and crafts! Tuesday at 11 am. More information is available at their Facebook page.
  • Camden New Year’s Eve Splash, Adventure Aquarium. Enjoy extended hours to 6 pm on Tuesday. There will be dance parties, and you’re in the perfect location to see the fireworks on the Delaware River later that evening. Learn more on their website.
  • Glassboro New Year’s Event at Robert J. Novins Planetarium, Tuesday 9:30 AM (sensory friendly showing), 11 AM and 1 PM, Noon Years Eve party and show, tickets are $10. Visit their website http://www.ocean.edu/planetarium for more information.
  • Medford New Year’s Eve event – Tuesday 10:30 AM, The ARTery offers a party with art projects, balloon drop and music. Must sign up. Learn more on their Facebook page.
  • Mount Laurel New Year’s Eve event – Funplex, Tuesday 10 am – 10 pm. Purchase an extreme band or FunBand and receive a ticket for a free dinner. Balloon drop at 8 PM. For more information visit http://www.thefunplex.com.
  • Toms River New Year’s Eve events
    • Mellow Mushroom kids party with 2 seatings starting at 2 PM Tuesday. Reservations are required. Find out more on their website http://www.mellowmushroom.com.

Take a look at a short part of the Battleship New Year’s Eve fireworks in Camden show we’ve seen in the past.

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Philadelphia New Year’s Eve Events for Families

These local New Year’s Eve events for families are in the Philadelphia area.

  • Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront, Penns Landing, Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront are back, free and in-person to welcome 2022. The two shows — one at 6 p.m. and one at midnight — are soundtracked by KYW Newsradio, so tune in to 103.9 FM, or hear the music and see the brilliance of the fireworks in person from speakers set up at Penn’s Landing and outside Rivers Casino. (Check out Visit Philly’s full guide on the best spots to catch the fireworks.) Free.
  • Franklin Square Holiday Festival, The most family-friendly celebration in Philadelphia begins with music and cra­fts at 4 p.m. before the Square Drop from atop SquareBurger at 6 p.m.  Find out more at http://www.historicphiladelphia.org.
  • Please Touch Museum Annual Countdown to Noon Celebration, Join the Please Touch Museum for a morning or afternoon timed ticket session that includes two-and-a-half hours of play at the Museum, art workshops, New Year’s Eve party hats & glasses, a visit from Squiggles, and a dance party in Hamilton Hall as we celebrate 2022 in style! Learn more at their site http://www.pleasetouchmuseum.org.
  • Sesame Place New Year’s Eve, Ring in the New Year with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and Count von Count, as their music fills the air and the sky is covered with colorful bursts of brilliance. Be sure to watch as they paint the sky red (and green and blue) from inside the park. Fireworks will begin immediately after the 6:00PM performance of the Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade. Learn more at their site http://www.Sesameplace.com.

If you prefer to celebrate New Year’s Eve at home with your kids or go out the next day, no worries. We can help. Click over to our Fun New Years Eve Ideas for Kids or our listing of New Year’s Day Events for Families in New Jersey.

Tell us! How will you celebrate New Year’s Eve with your kids? Will you attend one of these local New Year’s Eve events for families in New Jersey? Will you stay home? Or will you do something else?

Planning to go out for New Year’s Day?

Click over to our listing of local New Year’s Day events for families.

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