A Kid-Friendly Guide to New Years Eve

Can you believe it’s almost 2019? I say it every year, but this year flew by!  

Typically, New Year’s Eve is a “grown-up” celebration but there are plenty of events going on for the kids to count down to 2019!  

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

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

Happy New Year !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Monday, December 31, 2018  – New Year’s Eve 

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

From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., drop off your little ones for 3 hours of fun including a balloon drop and sparking cider. Snacks included. $30 per child. For ages 2.5 and older (must be potty trained).  Enroll online.

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, special shows and characters, 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 & Baby New Year, a parade at 11:30 a.m., a ball drop at noon and more! Admission is $6 for members and $12 for non-members. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy activities, crafts and more as you count down to the big balloon drop at noon! 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 12:30 p.m., celebrate the new year with a fun party at TLGT! There will be play time, a craft, dancing and more! Suggested ages 1-5. The cost is $15 per child ($10 for each additional sibling).  

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!

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy a fun celebration with bounce houses, children’s DJ, games, dances, crafts, tattoos, a countdown at noon, kid’s friendly buffet and more! Admission is $20 for the celebration and buffet or $35 for all of the above and a wild card to enjoy the rest of Nomad’s! Tickets at the door are an extra $5. Adults are $10 for admission and the buffet. Children under 2 are free.

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

From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., count down the new year while making masks, dancing and having a bubble wrap stomp. Please register! See our Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., children of all ages are invited to ring in 2019 with balloons, crafts, stories, snacks and more! Please register. See our Blog Post.

At 11:15 a.m., celebrate the new year with stories, music and dancing! Open to ages 3 to 6. Register online. See our Blog Post.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ring in the New Year with karaoke, bubbles, snacks, crafts, pictures and more! Sign up online. See our Blog Post.

At 11:30 a.m., ring in the new year with snacks, crafts and a countdown to noon! For ages 5 and under. See our Blog Post.

From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be skating, party favors, prizes and a big balloon drop at 3 p.m.! Admission is $9.

At 12 p.m., dance and ring in 2019 with family and friends! Tickets can be downloaded online.  See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 2 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.  See our Blog Post.

At Noon, join a full day of celebration while ringing in the new year!

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.

From 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., enjoy a night of family fun! There will be a parade, ice skating, kids activities, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, and much more. The night will end with fireworks at 7 p.m.

From 5 p.m. to 8 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, 2019 – New Year’s Day

At 1 p.m., join the East Windsor AHRC for their 9th 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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