What are you doing New Year’s Eve? …With the kids?

Whether you’re planning a noon-time ball drop adventure with littles or are hitting the kiddie scoop ball, there’s a celebration for everyone!

family-friendly new year’s eve events in baltimore

Midnight Noon at The Maryland Science Center
601 Light Street ⎟ 410-545-5980⎟ 9 AM – 2 PM 
Ring in the New Year at the Maryland Science Center! Join us for our 8th annual New Year’s Eve celebration, Midnight Noon, where children can enjoy the ball drop before bed time. Crafts will be available from 9am-2pm while supplies last. Guests can look forward to constructing noise makers and making party favors. The festivities continue with the sounds of popular kids band Milkshake as they take the stage at 11:30am. Their Grammy-nominated tunes will keep you dancing throughout the day. The entire Science Center will be open and ready for you to explore. All activities are FREE with paid admission, and free to members. MORE

4th Annual Kiddie Scoop Ball at The Charmery
801 W 36th St ⎟ 410-814-0493⎟ 8 PM
It’s New Year’s Eve and you want to spend it with your entire family, but midnight is so far away. At 8pm, from the giant scoop in front of The Charmery, is the 4th Annual Kiddie Scoop Ball Drop complete with a countdown featuring the milk jug ball and a complimentary sparkling cider toast. Let’s bring in the New Year…a little early. MORE

Noontime New Year: Snow Ball at Port Discovery
35 Market Place ⎟ 410-727-8120⎟ 10 AM – 5 PM
Don’t miss Port Discovery’s popular Noontime New Year’s Snow Ball Celebration with Eric Energy’s famous energy show! Dress up, have a dance party and count down for our balloon drop! Make crafts, learn about wildlife and more. This is a fun, family-friendly way to bring in the New Year with children of all ages right in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, complete with a countdown, balloon drop and juice and cookie toast. In addition to live entertainment, families will enjoy fun activities like feeding the Abominable Snowman, exploring the Toddler Igloo, doing the Penguin Shuffle, making snow globes, face painting and much more! Free with admission into the museum, which is $14.95 for ages 2 and up and free for members and children younger than two.  MORE

Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular
Inner Harbor ⎟ 9 PM – 12:30 AM
Have older kids? Celebrate the start of 2017 with family, friends, live music and a spectacular fireworks display at the Inner Harbor Waterfront, Baltimore Maryland! Starting at 9pm, the crowd at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater can enjoy a variety of music from pop and rock act Super Bueno.  Following the performance, Mayor Catherine Pugh and event-goers countdown to the New Year. At the stroke of midnight, a colorful fireworks display fills the sky above downtown Baltimore.  Those celebrating at the Inner Harbor can also enjoy skating at thePandora Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, open until 12:30am. Regular rink admission prices apply. MORE

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New Year’s Eve at THE AVENUE at White Marsh
8125 Honeygo Blvd, White Marsh ⎟ (443) 219-1820 ⎟ 10 AM – 12 PM
Why stay up late to ring in the New Year? They’re throwing a family celebration from 10:00am to noon on New Year’s Eve with live musical entertainment for kids from the Tracey Eldridge Trio, a themed photobooth, face painting and giveaways for children. Don’t miss the big countdown and their ball drop when the clock strikes 12:00pm. MORE

Noon Year’s Eve Noon at Baltimore County Public Libraries
Various Branches | 11 AM – 12 PM
 5-4-3-2-1! We count down to noon at this rockin’ child-friendly version of New Year’s Eve! Check the BCPL website for details — several area branches are hosting parties! MORE

Holiday Open House at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon |410-612-1688| 10 AM – 1 PM
Gather up your family and guests and drop in to the Estuary Center for a relaxing afternoon visiting with the naturalist, celebrating a year of accomplishments, taking a holiday themed photo with the critters, and enjoying light refreshments. MORE

New Year’s Eve Annapolis
City of Annapolis | 3 PM – 8 PM, 8 PM – 12 PM
Family activities fill the day and music and dancing fills the night at this annual celebration welcoming the New Year. For the first time, kid’s activities will take place on the ball fields behind Maryland Hall and Bates Middle School. Participants are invited to park at Park Place garage and take City of Annapolis-provided shuttles to and from the new location. Activities will include face painting, an obstacle course, moon bounce and music performed by kids’ rock bands. The first round of festivities wraps up with on-site fireworks at 5:30 p.m. Then it’s off to area restaurants for dinner with the kids. The second round of festivities includes live music and dancing at Susan Campbell Park at City Dock beginning at 8:00 p.m. and ending with midnight fireworks. MORE

Krumpe’s Donut Drop
10 Public Square ,Hagerstown | 5 PM – 7 PM
Times Square has nothing on Hagerstown! In addition to dropping the big doughnut, Krumpe’s gives away 6,000+ donuts to New Year’s Eve revelers. Gather  on the square in downtown Hagerstown for free popcorn, coffee, cocoa and  yummy Krumpe’s Donuts. MORE

Midnight at 7 at the Symphony of Lights
Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia | 5 PM – 8 PM
Back by popular demand! Ring in the New Year with an exciting fireworks display (weather permitting) at 7pm. Walk through the Symphony of Lights, enjoy entertainment, music, food vendors, party favors and more! The Symphony of Lights is the largest annual fundraising event benefitting Howard County General Hospital. Children under 4 are free! MORE

EcoAdventure’s NYE at Noon
216 Najoles Road Suite 600, Millersville ⎟ 410-987-1300⎟ 11 AM – 3:30 PM
Five, four, three…two…the countdown is on for the New Year, so and bring it on in style at EcoAdventures. Bring out the whole family and join EcoAdventures for an unforgettable afternoon of fun and games.  Lots of little ones can’t stay up until midnight (We can’t even stay up until midnight…), so EcoAdventures is speeding up the clock so that the whole family can celebrate New Years at Noon!!! Watch the ball drop into our crocodile pond in grand style. We will have door prizes, giveaways, and plenty of games, crafts, animal interactions, feeding demonstrations, face painting, snacks, and party favors! $13 per person. Preregistration is required. Two party times available. Dogs Mario & Bella show off their amazing tricks, too! MORE

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration at Adventure Park USA
11113 West Baldwin Road, Monrovia ⎟ 301-865-6800⎟ 9 PM – 12:30 AM
Looking for something to do with the WHOLE family on New Year’s Eve? Bring your children, relatives & friends! $33 at Door – $25 Buy online includes unlimited Laser Tag, Ropes Course, Rock Wall, Spin Zone Bumper Cars, Dinner & Video Games.  MORE

10th Annual Rocknoceros New Years Eve Party at Jammin Java
227 Maple Ave E Vienna, VA | 703.255.1566 | 11 AM and 2 PM
For the 10th straight year, the widely popular DC band that always gets kids rockin’ will be playing a special New Year’s Eve gig at Jammin’ Java.As every family with youngsters in the Washington, DC area knows, Rocknoceros is three guys: Coach, Williebob, and Boogie Bennie. They have been making award-winning music together since 2005 and are celebrating their 10th year together with a brand new album. Sing along to some of your favorite tunes and enjoy the full menu of food and drinks while you’re there. Doors open half-hour before the show and general admission seating is on a first come, first served basis. Shows at 11 AM and 2 PM. $10/ticket. MORE