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New Year's Planner: Dec. 30, 2013

Family-fun New Year's events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Dec. 30, 2013-Jan. 1, 2014.

Philly & the 'burbs

Don’t just watch the Mummer’s Parade this year. Take Philly’s New Year tradition a step further and visit Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens on Wed. for a Mosaicked Mummer’s Masks Workshop, where families can make their own mosaic masterpieces in celebration.

At The Little Old House of Make Believe’s New Year’s Eve Party in Langhorne on Tues., the kids can celebrate the New Year alongside friends old and new. In addition to dress up and pretend play, there will also be a noon countdown, a DIY Noisemaker and Party Hat Bar with complimentary juice and snacks.

Ring in the New Year right – with family time and a full wallet – during the FREE New Year’s Day Celebration at the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza in Philly on Wed., complete with face painting, crafts, balloon artists and live performances.



What better way to get excited for the New Year and keep the kids from staying up too late than with the New Year’s Rockin’ Noon celebration at the Delaware Children’s Museum in Wilmington on Tues.? This special countdown includes confetti, party poppers, handcrafted noisemakers and, of course, a dance party.

Get a head start on the New Year at the Brandywine Zoo’s Noon Year’s Eve in Wilmington on Tues., where families can look toward 2014 with outdoor games, crafts, photos with the New Year’s Ball and a sparkling cider toast as the clock strikes 12… noon.

Whether it’s the stroller-friendly hike in Wilmington’s Bellevue State Park, the lesser-trod path of Rehoboth Beach’s Delaware Seashore State Park or the three-mile hike through Laurel’s Trap Pond State Park, set the tone for a happy, healthy New Year at state parks throughout Delaware on a variety of FREE First Day Hikes.


South Jersey

Beat the rush and ring in the New Year a few hours ahead of schedule with the New Years at Noon celebration at Cherry Hill’s Garden State Discovery Museum on Tues. With singing, dancing and counting down to 2014, it’ll be the Museum’s biggest celebration yet.

If you give a kid a kazoo, there’s no denying it will be put to good use. On Tues., head over to the FREE New Year’s Eve Kazoo Parade, starting outside The Pop Shop in Collingswood and moving down Haddon Ave., where kazoos will be provided as Mummers from a local string band lead the kids in the parade to let the fun begin.

Bounce (slide, jump and climb) into the New Year at Pump It Up’s Jump-N-New Year’s Eve party in Marlton on Tues. for a dose of indoor fun. With a countdown celebration, massive balloon drop and sparking cider toast, the kids are sure to leave 2013 behind on a good note.


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