Weekend Planner: December 30, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Dec. 30, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015.

Top Picks for the New Year

Fireworks light up the sky at 6pm and 12midnight on New Year’s Eve over the Delaware River – with plenty of activities set around them. Head to the family-friendly New Year’s Eve Parties on Ice at Philly’s Blue Cross RiverRink, timed for skating under the festive glow; the Family New Year’s Eve Party at Philly’s Independence Seaport Museum for hats, noisemakers and a prime view; or the New Year’s Eve Overnight Encampment aboard the Battleship New Jersey in Camden for a family sleepover and unique view from the water.

As the Mummers stroll down Broad Street Thurs., take a break from the cold and ring in 2015 with the FREE New Year’s Day Celebration at the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza in Philly. Complete with origami crafts, stilt walkers, jugglers, face painters, balloon artists, magicians, live performances, the Resolution Wall, a self-serve hot chocolate bar and a birds’ eye view of the parade, this is sure to be the perfect dose of fun to get the year started.

Start the New Year off on the right foot! Round up the family, bundle up, strap on your boots and join in the First State, First Day, First Hike program along park trails throughout Delaware on Thurs. in Wilmington’s Alapocas Run State Park, Bellevue State Park and Brandywine Creek State Park; Bear’s Lums Pond State Park; Newark’s White Clay Creek State Park; Felton’s Killens Pond State Park; Laurel’s Trap Pond State Park; Lewes’ Cape Henlopen State Park; and Rehoboth Beach’s Delaware Seashore State Park.


More Local Events the Kids Will Love

Join Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat for Countdown 2 Noon at Philly’s Please Touch Museum Wed. for countdowns and live performances.

Sportsters will be in their elements Wed. during Countdown Till Noon at Broomall, PA’s Marple Sports Arena; the New Year’s Eve Party at Westville, NJ’s Deptford Skating & Fun Center; and the New Year’s Eve Family Bowling Bash at Philly’s North Bowl.

Welcome 2015 with live performances, kids’ activities and fireworks during downtown Haddonfield, NJ’s family-friendly, alcohol-free First Night Haddonfield Wed.

Celebrate and still keep to bedtimes Wed. with New Years at Noon (and 3PM) at Cherry Hill, NJ’s Garden State Discovery Museum.

10…9…8… Countdown to the balloon drop with Billy the Buck during the New Year’s Eve Celebration at New Hope, PA’s Bucks County Children’s Museum Wed.

Strut your stuff along Haddon Ave. in Collingswood, NJ Sat. for the New Year’s Eve Kazoo Parade, complete with cookies, a countdown and, of course, kazoos!

Round out 2014 with six hours of unlimited access to indoor attractions, music and a kid-friendly buffet during the New Year’s Eve Party at Mt. Laurel, NJ’s The Funplex Sat.

Make your own noisemaker and prep for the confetti and countdown during New Year’s Rockin’ Noon at Wilmington’s Delaware Children’s Museum Wed.

Go wild with crafts, games and a sparkling cider toast at Wilmington, DE’s Brandywine Zoo during Noon Year’s Eve Wed.

Get cozy Sat. during Noon Year’s Eve Pajama Party at Wilmington, DE’s Gymboree Play & Music or bring your PJs with you for a night of games at the New Year’s Eve Sleepover at Wilmington, DE’s Siegel JCC.


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