By Erin McNelis
Ring in the New Year with the whole family. This list of family-friendly activities will get the party started a little early, so the littles can enjoy the fun, too. And if you can’t get to one of the events, consider having your own countdown to noon party. Bucks County Free Library system is now loaning out a host of party supplies, like jumbo checkers, bingo, fog machine, toys and a karaoke machine. You can see the full list at buckslib.org. Get dressed up, throw some confetti and dance the early evening away. Or stay in your pajamas, build a fort, and have a low-key, relaxing game night. The choice is yours. Happy New Year!
New Year’s Eve Countdown 2 Noon Event
When: Monday, December 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Please Touch Museum, Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia
Even though it is a bit of a trip, this annual tradition includes two ball drops, confetti cannons, musical performances, themed crafts, giveaways, and full access to the museum exhibits. Get tickets here.
New Year’s Eve Carnival at the Bucks County Children’s Museum
When: Monday, December 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Bucks County Children’s Museum, 500 Union Square, New Hope
The event is free with the price of admission to the museum. The museum will host carnival games, prizes, and crafts.
Countdown to Noon at Bounce U
When: Monday, December 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Bounce U, 2221 Cabot Blvd. West, Ste C, Langhorne and 420 Babylon Road, Horsham
The bounce event includes hats and noisemakers provided for the countdown to noon. Cost is $13.95 for bouncers, and parents are free.
Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at Giggleberry Fair
When: Monday, December 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Giggleberry Fair, 166 Carousel Lane, New Hope
The popular children’s indoor playground will host a balloon drop at noon, bubble wrap “fireworks”, noise makers, and hats.
C is for Celebrate Fireworks at Sesame Place
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When: December 31 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with fireworks at approximately 6:25 p.m.
Where: 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
Spend the day at Sesame Place enjoying A Very Furry Christmas, and then stick around for the New Year’s Eve Fireworks! The park is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, decorations, holiday-themed musical shows, special character meets and more. Fireworks will begin immediately following the 6 p.m. performance of the Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade. Click here for tickets.
New Year Family Fun Night
When: Friday, January 4, 2019 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Community Center, 1550 Oxford Valley Rd., Morrisville
This free event takes place the Friday night after New Year's and includes activities, music, and a countdown.