It’s almost time to ring in 2018! Sure, it was fun to dance and party all night way back when, but where can you go to have family fun with the kids? Fortunately, there are lots of exciting family-friendly activities planned for New Year’s Eve right here in New Jersey.
NORTHERN NEW JERSEY
Spirit Cruises of New Jersey’s New Year’s Dinner Cruise
Celebrate the start of 2018 “at sea” reveling in spectacular Manhattan skyline views and the magnificent New Year’s Eve fireworks show above the Statue of Liberty. This luxury New Year’s Eve cruise offers packages that include a sumptuous dinner buffet, an open bar, and a DJ. Board the ship at 9:00 p.m. and cruise from 10:00 p.m. till 1:00 a.m. Deports from Lincoln Harbor, NJ. Packages start at $259.90 per person. For more information and reservations go to Spirit of New Jersey.
The Funplex in East Hanover
The Funplex in East Hanover is packed with amusement park rides, arcade games, bumper cars, Go Karts, laser tag, and other attractions that children and tweens love. Your kids will proclaim you the coolest parent in the neighborhood if you choose The Funplex for New Year’s Eve. The sporty package consists of buffet dinner, a DJ-led music party, unlimited rides, and a $10 arcade game card. The festivities commence at 7:00 p.m. and end at 12:30 a.m. Great for children 7 years and up. If you order tickets in advance they are $49 per person. You can purchase tickets at the door for $54 but The Funplex warns there could be limited availability by then. For more info and to make your reservation visit The Funplex.
Morris County First Night, Morristown
The Morris County First Night’s decades-old extravaganza features more than 200 artists and 80 performers at 24 venues. As they say on their website, “The town becomes a stage.” The performances selected to entertain people of all ages include children’s entertainment, dance, music, world culture, theater, and visual arts. Fireworks shows are scheduled for 9:15 p.m. and midnight. The event begins at 4:45 p.m. Parking and shuttle buses are free. Tickets are $25 each. Four packs of tickets are $90 and $22.50 for additional tickets. There are packages that include hotel accommodations. Find all the details and buy your tickets at First Night Morris.
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. Children under 4 eat for free. To make reservations and for more details go to Crystal Golf Resort .
CENTRAL NEW JERSEY
iPlay America in Freehold
iPlay America is a game- and ride-filled destination that will keep your kids entertained while you have fun. They offer an Unlimited Ride Pass, $10 game card, party favors, a DJ, a light show, prizes, giveaways, confetti cannons, laser tag, mini-bowling, child and adult rope courses (that’s where you’ll be having fun), Go Karts, watching the ball drop on one of their 5 large screens and monitors, and more. The kids will love you for booking this celebration. The prices are $39.99 per person In advance and $49.99 per person at the door. Toddlers under 36 inches are free. Click here for more details and to buy tickets iPlay NJ.
First Night Ocean County
First Night Ocean County offers children’s entertainment in 4 locations from noon to 4:00 p.m. Visit the balloonist, make crafts, have your child’s face painted, get a caricature portrait, watch magic and jugglers, and enjoy the Jenkinson’s Aquarium Show. Fireworks show from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Bracelets are now on sale for $5 at the County Connection in the Ocean County Mall. For more information and reservations click First Night Ocean County.
Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson
Are you and your kids daredevils? Six Flags Great Adventure’s New Year’s Eve consists of over a million twinkling lights, delicious treats, thrilling rides, and magical fireworks at 9 p.m. Ride Nitro, Batman: The Ride, or Superman: Ultimate Flight. Warm up with s’mores and hot chocolate after singing along to Hotsy Totsy. The park opens at 1:00 p.m. and closes after the fireworks at A Main Street Christmas. Tickets purchased in advance are $46.99. Buy them at the door for $76.99. Buy tickets and see all the membership and group prices on their website Six Flags Great Adventure.
Ice At The Pier New Year’s Eve at Pier Village In Long Branch
Ice At The Pier, Photo Courtesy of Long Branch
If you’re in the mood to gracefully glide a figure-eight, head to Long Branch where you can ice skate by the beach from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.* Lovely Pier Village is decorated in its holiday finest. The shops and restaurants will be open for your purchasing and gastronomic pleasure. Free horse and carriage rides are available from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A magnificent fireworks show begins at 9:00 p.m. For more information click here Ice At The Pier. *Session 1: 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., session 2: 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 PM, 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.
SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY
The Adventure Aquarium in Camden
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. Your children will be home for bedtime. Prices start at $21 for children and $29 for adults. See their website to purchase tickets and for additional information Adventure Aquarium.
Haddonfield First Night
The town of Haddonfield will celebrate its 20th anniversary First Night New Year’s Eve with 15 venues hosting parties in stunning and historical buildings and churches. Experience magic, music, comedy, dance, theater, and more. The Central/Middle School Gym will have special activities and entertainment for children 9 and under from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. At midnight everyone will gather for fireworks. Buttons are $15. More information: First Night Haddonfield.
Ocean City’s First Night
Ocean City offers a First Night celebration with rides at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, fireworks, and over 60 entertainment programs. Here are some of the fun activities: magicians, jugglers, puppeteers, Broadway shows, ice skating, games, music, a mentalist, comedy, dancing, telescopes, inflatables, music, jugglers, and skateboarding at the skateboard park. Ocean City First Night promises a plethora of amusement for adults and tons of fun for children. There’s jitney service to transport everyone between locations. Buttons are $20. Go to their website for more information and reservations First Night Ocean City.
Battleship NJ Museum & Memorial New Year’s Celebration in Camden
Camden also has a celebration in the Battleship NJ Museum & Memorial. Military buffs and those looking for a unique experience will enjoy dinner and breakfast served at the chow line, a guided tour of the Battleship, a ride in the Flight Simulator, and trying out a bunk bed where the crew of the USS New Jersey slept. You can also pull the trigger of an historic 5-inch gun. The Battleship is open from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm. The first fireworks show is at 6:00 p.m. and boasts a spectacular view of the Delaware River. The second session is 10:00 p.m. to midnight. The second fireworks show is at midnight. All proceeds go to the ongoing restoration of the Battleship, a non-profit museum and memorial. Tickets are $10. Here’s their website for more information and reservations go to Battleship New Jersey.
The Funplex In Mount Laurel
The Funplex Mount Laurel location is packed with amusement park rides, arcade games, bumper cars, Go Karts, laser tag, and more that children and tweens love. Your kids will proclaim you the coolest parent in the neighborhood if you choose The Funplex for New Year’s Eve. The sporty package consists of buffet dinner, DJ-led music party, unlimited rides, and a $10 arcade game card. The festivities commence at 7:00 pm and end at 12:30 a.m. Great for children 7 years and up.If you order tickets in advance they are $49 per person. You can purchase tickets at the door for $54 but The Funplex warns there could be limited availability by then. For more info and to make your reservation visit The Funplex Mt. Laurel.
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