Home Central Jersey The Best Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Parties in NJ

The Best Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Parties in NJ

New Year’s Eve is typically a holiday for adults, which can be a drag for parents of young children. Fortunately, there are a number of family-friendly New Year’s Eve parties in NJ that take place well before midnight. If you’re looking to start your countdown early so the whole family can take part, we’re here to help.

Here’s a list of fun, family-friendly festivities offering NJ parents the perfect New Year’s Eve event for your family. (That will still have the kids in bed before midnight.)

Quick Click Guide: Select an NJ Region below to find New Year’s Eve parties for the family near you.
| North Jersey | Central Jersey | Jersey Shore | South Jersey |


More From Best of NJ


North Jersey

First Night Morris Poster


First Night Morris

Where: Downtown Morristown (various places)
When: December 31 starting at 4:45 pm
Price: $20 per person if you buy before Dec. 22 ($25 after that), free for kids 4 & under
Details: This alcohol-free, all-ages event features over 40 performances in 16 different venues. Special children’s programming includes hula-hooping, art-making, dance performances, magic shows, and juggling. Fireworks displays will light up the night sky at both 9:15 pm and midnight.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


New Year’s Countdown to Noon

Where: BounceU, 70 Eisenhower Drive, Paramus
When: December 31 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Price: $19.95 per child, free for parents
Details: Count down to 12 noon instead of 12 midnight at BounceU’s fun, family-friendly party! This all-ages bounce session includes 90 minutes of play in two different bounce rooms, along with pizza and drinks. All kids will receive hats, horns, and noise blowers to ring in the New Year.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


New Year’s Eve Day Skate

Where: Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center, 7th Avenue & Clifton Avenue, Newark
When: December 31 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Price: $8.50 admission for all skaters
Details: Skate into the New Year at the NYE Skate Party at Branch Brook Park. A live DJ makes this a rockin’ family-friendly afternoon the whole family can enjoy. Skate rentals are available for $4 per person.
More info: Visit the website or you give them a call.


Central Jersey

Pump it Up New Years Party


New Year’s Eve at Noon

Where: Bridgewater Library, 1 Vogt Drive, Bridgewater
When: December 31 from 11:00 am to Noon
Price: Free
Details: Families with children can attend the Somerset County Library System’s New Year’s Eve party. Kids will play games, make crafts, and watch the ball drop at noon.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Noon New Year’s Eve Jump

Where: Pump It Up, 158 E Westfield Avenue, Roselle Park
When: December 31 at various times
Price: $17.95 per child, free for parents
Details: Bounce around, play games, and enjoy an early New Year’s Eve countdown during Pump It Up’s afternoon party. Sessions are available at 11:20 am, 12:30 pm, 4:35 pm, and 5:45 pm. Celebrate with hats, noisemakers, a sparkling cider toast, and a big balloon drop!
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Jersey Shore

family-friendly, new year's eve


Family New Year’s Eve Party

Where: Lower Township Recreation Center, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas
When: December 31 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Price: Free
Details: All ages can join Lower Township’s Family New Year’s Eve Party. Music, games, food, and fun are all in store for this early bird celebration. Of course, as a bonus for parents, the kids can be back in bed well before midnight.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Young’s Skating Center New Year’s Eve Countdown

Where: Young’s Skating Center, 763 Park Road, Mays Landing
When: December 31 from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Price: $6.00 admission plus skate rental fee
Details: Grab some skates and head to Young’s for a special New Year’s Eve session featuring a countdown to 2020 at 3:00 pm!
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


South Jersey

Garden State Discovery Museum Play Area


ISC Kids Daytime New Year’s Eve

Where: International Sports Centre, 650 Kresson Road, Cherry Hill
When: December 31 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm & 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Price: $12 per person
Details: Spend a fun afternoon taking in all the attractions at ISC Cherry Hill. The admission fee includes access to the skating floor, FunZone, Bounce House and indoor turf field; as well as a slice of pizza and a drink, plus a balloon drop featuring $500 in cash and prizes. The countdowns to “midnight” take place at both 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


New Year’s Eve Splash

Where: Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden
When: December 31 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Price: $31.99 for adults, $23.99 for children (2-12), free for kids under 2
Details: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with extended hours at Adventure Aquarium. Enjoy all the regular animal attractions, plus a rockin’ DJ Shell-ebration Dance Party and a fireworks display over the Delaware River at 6:00 pm. All activities are included with admission.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


New Year’s at Garden State Discovery Museum

Where: 2040 Springdale Road, Suite 100, Cherry Hill
When: December 31 at 12:00 noon & 3:00 pm
Price: $15.95 for adults & children over 12 months
Details: Ring in the New Year with an early celebration at Garden State Discovery Museum. Check out the awesome exhibits and attractions before watching the ball drop with your kiddos at 12 noon or 3:00 pm. The museum is open for play all day, so families can stay as long as they’d like.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


NYE Family Cake Decorating

Where: Sugarplum Studio, 211 Berlin Road, Cherry Hill
When: December 31 from 9:30 to 11:30 am & 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Price: $37.32 per two-person registration
Details: What better way to ring in the new year than with a deliciously decorated cake? This family-friendly cake-decorating workshop lets you and a partner create a chocolate or vanilla two-layer cake filled with sprinkle confetti and decorated with your favorite things from 2019. There will also be an early New Year’s Eve countdown at noon, complete with complimentary snacks, cake, and beverages. Pre-registration is required and each $37.32 registration fee covers two people decorating one cake to take home.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.


Top (Hero) Photo: © Viacheslav Iakobchuk / Adobe Stock
Other Photos (in Order) Courtesy:
First Night Morris / Website
Pump It Up of Roselle Park / Facebook
Viacheslav Iakobchuk / Adobe Stock
Garden State Discovery Museum / Facebook