12 Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in New Jersey

What are the best ways to ring in 2019 with the whole family? New Jersey has lots of kid-friendly New Year’s Eve activities in store. So pack up the family, raise a glass of sparkling cider, and toast the New Year with these fun and festive events!


The Funplex in East Hanover

The Funplex in East Hanover is perfect for a New Year’s Eve with kids ages 7 and up. It’s packed with rides, arcade games, and more, and dinner is offered from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. with the purchase of a FunBand or Extreme Band that day. There’s also a Kids Balloon Drop at 8. (And if East Hanover isn’t close to home, The Funplex in Mount Laurel offers an event as well.)

 Morris County First Night, Morristown

Morris County First Night, Image Courtesy of First Night Morris 

The Morris County First Night, which is in its 27th year, features 70 performance events at 22 venues within walking distance of each other in Morristown. Performances range from music and dance to world cultures and children’s programs, and the event is substance-free. The event begins at 4:45 p.m., with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. and midnight. Parking and shuttle buses are free. Tickets are $25 each and offer package deals. 

Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon

There’s a family party at the Diamond Ballroom at the Crystal Springs Resort! The party will feature DJ entertainment, a cash bar, dancing, games, a roaming magician, and a balloon artist. The price is $85 for adults and $35 for children ages 4-11, and kids under 4 eat for free. To make reservations and for more details go to Crystal Golf Resort or call (844) 205-1857.

STRYKE New Year’s Eve

STRYXE in Madison offers 3 hours of unlimited bowling, signature and specialty food items, and unlimited soft drinks. There’s even champagne for guests over 21! You can reserve lanes from 9:30 p.m. -12:30 a.m. ($345/lane) at 6 guests per lane. The event sells out every year, so make sure to reserve soon at STRYXE.

Statue Of Liberty Fireworks, Courtesy of Spirit of New Jersey

Spirit Cruises of New Jersey’s New Year’s Dinner Cruise

Celebrate the start of 2019 from the water, with fireworks over the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Spirit Cruises of New Jersey’s luxury New Year’s Eve cruise offers a dinner buffet, an open bar, and a DJ. Board the ship at 9:00 p.m. in Lincoln Harbor, NJ and cruise from 10:00 p.m. till 1:00 a.m. Packages start at $259.90 per person.


 iPlay America in Freehold

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iPlay America is a game- and ride-filled destination that will keep your whole family entertained. They offer an Unlimited Ride Pass, $10 game card, party favors, a DJ and light show, prizes, laser tag, mini-bowling, child and adult rope courses, and more! You can even watch the ball drop on one of their 5 monitors. The celebration is not to be missed. Entry is $39.99 per person in advance, and $49.99 per person at the door. Toddlers under 36 inches tall are free, and you can also purchase dining passes.

 Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson

Six Flags Great Adventure Fireworks, Photo Courtesy Of Six Flags Great Adventure

Six Flags Great Adventure’s Holiday in the Park makes for the perfect daredevil’s New Year’s Eve! You and your kids can ride Nitro, Batman: The Ride, or Superman: Ultimate Flight, and then warm up with s’mores and hot chocolate. The park opens at 1:00 p.m. and closes after the 9:00 p.m. fireworks at A Main Street Christmas. Advance tickets are $46.99, and $76.99 at the door.

Ice At The Pier New Year’s Eve at Pier Village In Long Branch

If you’re in the mood to gracefully glide a figure-eight, head to Long Branch. Ice skate by the beach in festive Pier Village from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.!* The shops and restaurants will be open and a magnificent fireworks show begins at 9:00 p.m. For more information, visit Ice At The Pier. *Session 1: 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., session 2: 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m., and session 3: 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. The price is $10 for children under 12 and $14 for adults. Skate rentals are $4.


 Midnight at the Oasis at Sahara Sam’s

Midnight at the Oasis, Photo Courtesy of Sahara Sam’s

Sahara Sam’s Water Park offers a New Year’s Eve Midnight at the Oasis party from 7:30 until 12:30. The park’s water attractions will be open, as well as games, limbo and a Foam Party. Sahara Sam’s also provides food, party goods and a champagne/apple cider toast, all for $68.99. Kids under 2 go for free!

 The Adventure Aquarium in Camden

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The Adventure Aquarium in Camden’s New Year’s Splash begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. The day includes a DJ dance party, visiting the residents (fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals), a beautiful fireworks display over the Delaware River, and more. Prices start at $21 for children and $29 for adults. See Adventure Aquarium for more.

Ocean City’s First Night

Ocean City offers a First Night celebration with rides at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and fireworks. The 60+ entertainment programs include magicians, puppeteers, Broadway shows, ice skating, games, music, a mentalist, comedy, dancing, inflatables, and skateboarding! The event promises tons of fun for adults and children alike, and there’s jitney service to transport everyone between locations. Buttons are $20 for First Night Ocean City.

New Year’s at Noon at the Garden State Discovery Museum

The hands-on Garden State Discovery Museum is great any day of the year, but on New Year’s Eve they offer a singing, dancing countdown celebration! Head over to Cherry Hill for either of two countdowns – there’s one beginning at 11:45 for a countdown to noon, and one beginning at 2:45 for 3:00 p.m. The museum is open until 5:30. Admission is $14.95 for anyone over 1 year old and $13.95 for seniors, but kids who come in their PJs between 11am and noon on NYE are free!