Often there is a shortage of safe and kid-friendly New Year’s Eve activities, especially ones that adults can enjoy, as well. In Philadelphia, however, there is no lack of either.
1. New Year’s Eve 2009 on the Spirit of Philadelphia
An early New Year’s Eve celebration on the water that ends at 10 p.m., will get you home in time to watch the ball drop by midnight and get the kids to bed at a relatively decent New Year’s Eve hour. Along with dazzling views of the Delaware waterfront, live entertainment by the Spirit’s performers is presented, along with a DJ and dancing. A child-friendly buffet, soda and juice bar and a cider toast provide a family-friendly New Year’s Eve meal. The package includes a half-hour boarding time and a two-and-a-half hour cruise. Coffee, tea, iced tea and water are complimentary, and alcoholic drinks may be purchased. The buffet includes salads, entrees and side dishes, and dessert.
$49.90 per person. Boarding at 6:30 p.m. Cruise from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. http://www.pyireservations.com/iebms/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=58874&oc=10&cc=SOPCAL
2. New Year’s Eve at the Crayola Factory
Children’s New Year’s Eve Party, Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$9.50 adult or child (3-64), $9 senior (65+), Children under 3 free. 30 Centre Square, Easton, PA 18042 (70 miles from Philadelphia, up the scenic Delaware River Drive). Call 610-515-8000
The Crayola Factory in Easton, Pennsylvania opens at 9:30 a.m. and offers music, snacks, decorations, party hats and noisemakers. Tours of the plant and other interactive projects and activities are held throughout the day. Kids can color, draw and paint, experiment with Crayola products, and learn how Crayola Crayons are made. A pleasant way to start the day is to take the scenic Delware River Drive to Easton.
3. New Years Eve at the Camden Aquarium: Fishmas
The aquarium is open from 9:30 am until 5 pm, entry into “Fishmas” is free with paid admission into the Adventure Aquarium, located on the Camden waterfront. Kids can see Santa scuba-dive, visit the 760,000 gallon Ocean Realm exhibit, and participate in activities that offer prizes. “The Polar Express 4D Theater Experience” takes you on a virtual train ride to the North Pole. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer stars in the celebration that runs until January 4, 2009.
Adventure Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Drive, Camden, NJ. Admission is $18.95 for adults, $14.95 for children ages 2-12. For more information or to order tickets, visit AdventureAquarium.com.
4. New Years Eve at the Please Touch Museum – Countdown to Noon
The Please Touch Museum offers a child-friendly New Year’s Eve countdown, from 9 a.m. until 3 pm. With music from the Polish-American String Band, a renowned Mummer’s group, the New Year will strike at noon and at 1 pm in the Atrium, where a ball will drop, cannons will be fired and confetti will fall. The museum is a family-friendly experience, where children of all ages can play and learn. The Please Touch Playhouse will present “How the Sun was returned to the Sky” in the theater at 11 AM and 2 PM.
Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: (215) 581-3181. For more information, call 215-963-0667 or log on to pleasetouchmuseum.org.
5. New Years Eve Family Overnight Encampment on the Battleship New Jersey
The Battleship New Jersey, berthed in Camden, New Jersey, just across the river from Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing, is hosting the Family Overnight Encampment which includes dinner and breakfast in the mess hall, overnight accommodations in the sailors’ quarters, a ship tour, a ride on the 4-D flight simulator, and a front row seat to the fireworks at Penn’s Landing. You can make reservations for the New Year’s Eve Encampment by calling (856) 966-1652, ext. 203. No children under 6 are permitted.
For more information, www.battleshipnewjersey.org., http://newyearseve.com/stories-new-years-eve-in-philadelphia-with-kids.php
Here’s wishing everyone a happy and safe New Years Eve!