A Kid-Friendly Guide to New Years Eve, 2018

Can you believe it’s almost 2018? I say it every year, but this year flew by!  

New Years Eve is on a Sunday night this year but you’ll find festivities leading up to the big day all weekend.  Typically, New Years Eve is a “grown-up” celebration but there are plenty of events going on for the kids to count down to 2018!  

I’ve also included a few fun activities if you are ready to start the year early on New Years Day! 

So, grab a glass of sparkling cider, shake your noisemaker and start singing Auld Lang Syne!  

Happy New Year !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Saturday, December 30, 2017  

At 10:30 a.m., come celebrate the new year with a countdown to Noon! Children can celebrate the holiday early, and make a party hat and noisemaker craft. There will be sparkling apple cider at noon with the countdown and a parade through the library!

At 11 a.m., ring in the new year with stories, dancing, crafts and a special New Year countdown!

At 11 a.m., come count down to noon with the library and Enfield Plays On during this hour long celebration! See our Blog Post


Sunday, December 31, 2017  – New Years Eve 

Starting at 8 a.m., celebrate the day with skiing all day, followed by a Torchlight Parade just before 11 p.m.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., celebrate the new year in Holyoke with access to the Merry-Go-Round, the Children’s Museum, Forest Park Zoo on the Go, face painting, mad science, special shows and characters, tattoos, music and even a ball drop! All included in the admission of just $8. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., celebrate the biggest party of the year! There will be crafts including making confetti and masks, dancing, a visit from Father Time, a parade at 11:30 a.m., a ball drop at noon and more! Admission is $6 for members and $12 for non-members.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy activities, crafts, noise makers and more as you count down to the big balloon drop at noon! Admission is $8 per person; children under 1 year are free. See our Blog Post

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., join the Children’s Museum of Southern Connecticut and East Lyme Parks & Recreation for a celebration with a 250+ balloon drop at noon, fun science demonstrations and activities; crafts; food and more! Cost is $8 for members or $10 for nonmembers – register early and save $2 per person.

From 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., enjoy  a full day of festivities in downtown including fireworks at 6:15 p.m., entertainment, kid friendly activities and more! Admission is $8 for kids (day and evening events); free for 2 and under.  Adults are $20 for day and evening events; or $16 if you pre-purchase your button before December 30. 

From 10:30 a.m. to noon, celebrate the new year with a fun party at TLGT! There will be play time, a craft, dancing and more! Suggested ages 1-6. The cost is $15 per child ($10 for each additional sibling).  

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be skating, party favors, prizes and a big balloon drop at 3 p.m.! Admission is $9.

At 11 a.m. come join the fun and count down to noon to celebrate the new year!  Admission to the museum is $15 for adults and children; free for children under 1.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., end the year with special family fun at the Aquarium  -including a countdown to 12 o’clock! Most bonus offerings are free with admission. Admission starts at $20.95.

From 2 p.m. to midnight, celebrate the new year with a full day of activities and events including music, performances, fireworks and much more at 20 plus venues throughout the city.  A wristband will get you into the activities. Tickets are $12 for adults, $3 for ages 3 to 15 and free for ages 2 and under.  A commemorative button can be purchased for an additional $1. Visit the website for where to pre-buy the wrist bands; otherwise, wristbands can be purchased at select locations on the day of the event.

Starting at 4 p.m., enjoy a night of fun with activities at different venues throughout downtown Westport, including kid-friendly activities like face painting and puppet shows. There will be a pyrotechnic display at 8 p.m. Buttons are $15 per person (children 2 and under are free) and can be purchased online.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., enjoy a drive through the lights at Bright Nights! Stop by Santa’s Magical Forest for a free noisemaker or hat and a free amusement ride for the children!  


Monday, January 1, 2018 – New Years Day

At noon, meet at the visitor’s center and enjoy an easy to moderate 1 ¾ mile hike along the Train Trail loop. All ages welcome. Dress for the weather. Afterwards, enjoy a cup of cocoa in the visitor center.

At 1 p.m., join the East Windsor AHRC for their 8th annual hike starting at the end of Melrose Road at the historic Melrose Bridge, and continuing along a 2.5 mile loop trail.  Free admission. Food items will be collected for the local food shelf.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., this free event is open to the public and includes a musical concert, horse drawn carriage rides, history tours, refreshments and more!

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