New Year’s Eve with the Kids? In New Jersey, You Bet!
New Year’s Eve is one of those holidays that changes drastically once you become a parent. Any kind of grown-up fun usually involves weeks of planning. Who can babysit? How much do we pay on New Year’s Eve? Do we let the kids stay up until we get home? Do I even have a dressy outfit that fits? So unless you truly need a night out amongst adults (in which case, GO for it!), how about a happy compromise? Events in NJ for families who want to ring in the New Year together!
The Funplex (East Hanover & Mount Laurel, NJ)
The Funplex is a mega entertainment center for older kids and adults that want to let loose as a family. With bumper cars & go carts, laser tag, a “Jersey Shore” arcade and the popular MagiQuest, an interactive fantasy game, there’s definitely no shortage of high energy options at this gaming complex. Funplex Events Coordinator Kim Kramm promises an awesome NYE party once again this year: "The Funplex is so excited for our annual New Year's Eve celebration! We offer fun for all ages & have added 2 brand new attractions for 2014. We can't wait to see everyone there!" The New Year’s Eve package is $32.95/Adults & Kids if purchased in advance online and $36.95 at the door. Admission on December 31st from 6:30pm-1am includes unlimited use of their indoor attractions such as Foam Frenzy and Lazer Runner, buffet dinner and 50 tokens to start you off in the game room. Think the kids will have trouble making it to midnight? The Funplex will be offering an apple cider toast and early “ball drop” ceremony at 10pm complete with a countdown. Although The Funplex is family-friendly, most of the attractions are geared towards older kids (7 & up) and even the pre-teen set would enjoy a night here. Please call 973-428-8772 for more information or purchase tickets online now.
iPlay America (Freehold, NJ)
iPlay America Indoor Theme Park in NJ is hosting their 3rd annual New Year's Eve mega-bash for all ages and you're invited! Definitely a little pricier than the other options, but for that you get hours and hours of fun with unlimited rides like the IPA Speedway, Spin Zone, Kite Flyer, Skyscraper and more, plus unlimited attractions like the 4D Theater and Just iKidz, plus plus a gourmet buffet and a $10 IPA gamecard. Whew. We're exhausted just writing about it. $59.95/Person. Please call 732-577-8200 for more information or purchase your tickets online.
Sahara Sams (West Berlin, NJ)
Bathing suits & goggles might not be the first thing you think of when making New Year's Eve plans but you can get your swim on at Sahara Sam's Midnight at the Oasis. Kids (and fun-loving parents too) can splash the night away at all of the indoor water attractions, including the awesome Nile Mile body slide. Take a break from the water and grab a plate of baked ziti or buffalo chicken bites from the huge dinner & dessert buffet. When midnight draws near, the whole family will have a blast dancing and singing in the foam party as DJ Marsdale spins tunes. Round out the celebration with champagne for mom & dad and sparkling cider for the kids - noisemakers and party hats included! $56.95/Person, Children under 2 are free. Please visit their website to book tickets in advance or call 856-767-7580.
Adventure Aquarium (Camden, NJ)
Catch the second to last day of the Christmas celebration on December 31st at New Jersey’s Adventure Aquarium followed by their family-style New Year's Eve Splash from 5-8:30pm. This one’s great for even the wee ones and a perfect excuse to get everyone out of the house for the day if you’ve still got guests lingering from the holidays. Aquarium Manager Kimberly Walker says they're busy gearing up for their 2nd annual NYE event: "We're excited to once again host the New Year's Eve Splash, where families can ring in the New Year together and enjoy the beautiful fireworks celebration over the Delaware River - and still make it home in time to get the little ones to bed!" Kids will love to see aquarium mascots Gill the Shark and the absentminded Professor Reef decked out in tuxedos as the evening's hosts. Marvel at the beloved hippos in the African exhibit or check out sharks in their 760,000 gallon tank before counting down to midnight at the dance party complete with noisemakers, confetti canons and a complimentary stuffed animal for each child. Tickets are $30/Adult, $25/Kids ages 2-12. Kids under 2 are free. Please call 856-365-3300 for more information or purchase tickets online now.
Pump It Up (Hamilton, NJ)
With no school and cold weather, kids need an outlet for all that post-holiday energy! Pump It Up has the perfect solution. Reserve your spot for their New Year's Eve Celebration Jump and they can bounce and climb their way into 2014. And if that's not enough excitement, how about a special room set up for a glow in the dark party complete with holiday themed karaoke? Throw in a festive party hat and blower for each family member during the early Balloon Drop "countdown to midnight" and you've got a celebration. And best of all, come home to a clean house! Admission $12.95/Child (All ages welcome, must be 24 inches to bounce). Two sessions offered: 10am-noon or 4-6pm. Please call 609-586-5577 to reserve your spot.
Sesame Place (Langhorne, PA)
What better way to make sure the little ones are wiped out by the time 8pm rolls around than a full afternoon at an amusement park? Everyone’s favorite theme park for the toddler and preschool set, Sesame Place, is open on December 31st and you have 3 chances to ring in the New Year before dark with the Count himself, at 12, 2:30 & 5pm. Sesame Street fans will have a ball singing & dancing with all of the monsters - food & party favors included! In between the festivities, enjoy the mainstay attractions such as Elmo’s Cloud Chaser, Grover’s World Twirl or take a stroll through Sesame Neighborhood, a “life-size recreation” of the famous television set that might even remind Mom & Dad of their childhood days. Before heading home, guests will be treated to a huge fireworks display set to Sesame Street music. $27/Adult $17/Kids ages 2-11, Kids under 2 are free. Please call 1-866-GO-4-ELMO for more information or purchase tickets online now.
Happy New Year!