What are you doing New Year’s Eve….?

Remember when you used to plan ahead and buy really expensive tickets to watch the fireworks on New Year’s? You probably spent your Christmas bonus on the ticket and a new fancy outfit. Then you woke up the next day wondering, was it all worth it?

Fast forward to today. Now what? It used to be that if you had children you had two choices: 1) get a sitter and go out; or 2) stay in and try to keep your eyes open until after the ball drops. The good news is here, in our very own little charmed city, there are plenty of family friendly events that cater to families with younger kids!

{… and we all know we don’t want to keep our children up until midnight — because no matter how late we keep them up, they are NOT going to sleep in!}

Here are our favorite ideas for things to do on New Year’s Eve with kids in Baltimore! {PS – we’ll add to this list as we discover more, so check back!}

family-friendly new year’s eve events in baltimore

Captain Larry’s in Federal Hill
601 E. Fort Avenue ⎟ 410-727-4799⎟ 5 PM – 8 PM ⎟  Website 

Looking to celebrate and sit down with GREAT food, along with other local families? Check out Captain Larry’s Bar and Grill. From 5:00pm-8:00pm there will be a buffet, noise-makers, sparkling cider and ball drop at 7:30. Don’t forget to enjoy the rest of their menu. They have some of the best crab cakes and fish tacos! The cost is $10 per child. Tickets are selling out fast! 

Midnight Noon at The Maryland Science Center
601 Light Street ⎟ 410-545-5980⎟ 10 AM – 2 PM ⎟  Website 

Do you want to include the toddlers in the festivities? You can ring in the New Year at the Maryland Science Center! It is their 8th annual New Year’s Eve celebration, Midnight Noon, where children can enjoy the ball drop BEFORE bed time. Crafts will be available from 10am-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. Don’t forget, the entire Science Center will be open and ready for you and your little ones to explore. All activities are FREE with paid admission, and free to members. Box office opens at 10:00am the day of this event or you can purchase tickets online here. You do not need to RSVP for this event. For more information, please call 410-545-5980. Food will be available for purchase in Elements Café on the day of the event. 

3rd Annual Kiddie Scoop Ball: The Charmery
801 W 36th St  ⎟  410-814-0493⎟ 8 PM⎟  Website 

If you’re in the Hampden area and don’t want to wait til midnight, come to The Charmery. At 8:00pm, from the giant scoop in front of The Charmery, is the 3rd Annual Kiddie Scoop Ball Drop. There will be a countdown leading to the milk jug ball dropping. There will also be a complimentary sparkling cider toast. No need to call ahead, just show up!

Noontime New Year: Snow Ball at Port Discovery
35 Market Place ⎟ 410-727-8120⎟ 10 AM – 2:30 PM⎟  Website

Have some curious little minds that want to ring in the new year with science? Join Port Discovery for a Snow Ball at its 17th annual Noontime New Year! Come dressed in your favorite costume and decorate numbers and make sound makers for our noon countdown with Eric Energy! Toast the New Year with juice and cookies and enjoy a fabulous day of programs and performances! Activities will go on all day from 10:00-2:30. Check the schedule of events here.

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Rockin’ Noon’s Day Eve Party at Kiddie Crusoe
7 Fox Trail Road, Timonium ⎟(410) 853-7910   ⎟ 9 AM – 12:30 PM⎟  Website

Have to work on New Year’s Eve? The kiddos can start the party at Kiddie Crusoe! Admission includes winter camp drop-off and dance party with a balloon drop at noon. Spots are limited  and Pre-Registration is REQUIRED. For ages 3-12. $30/child, $5 off siblings. 

EcoAdventure’s NYE at Noon
216 Najoles Road Suite 600, Millersville ⎟410-987-1300⎟ 11 AM – 1 PM⎟  Website 

Five, four, three…two…the countdown is on for the New Year! Bring out the whole family and join EcoAdventures for an unforgettable afternoon of fun and games. That’s right, afternoon – they’re having a New Years at NOON!!! Lots of little ones can’t 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 the crocodile pond in grand style. They will have door prizes, giveaways, and plenty of games, crafts, animal interactions, feeding demonstrations, face painting, snacks, and party favors! Space is limited- Sign up now! $12 per participating person PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

New Years Eve Celebration: City Dock in Annapolis
Susan Campbell Park, Annapolis ⎟ 410-263-7940⎟ 3 PM – 7:30 PM⎟  Website 

Visit our states capital with the entire family! New Year’s Annapolis is a family-oriented event based on the “First Night” concept that provides attendees with a fun-filled and safe environment for all ages to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The Family Friendly entertainment will be from 3:00-7:30pm. This event includes live musical entertainment and face painting. There will also be 2 fireworks displays. The early show for families is at 7:30, followed by the traditional midnight spectacular to ring in 2016. This is a FREE event.

Family New Years Eve at Medieval Times: Arundel Mills
Medieval Times, Arundel Mills⎟ 410-263-7940⎟ 3:30 PM⎟  Website 

Maybe you need some serious action packed entertainment. Well this year, Medieval Times in Arundel Mills is celebrating the new year with an event fitting for a knight. There will be Free Knights training, face painting , Free poster and activity book. Cost is $29.95 for 12 and under and $35.95 for adults if you use the code 35NYE. This will get you a 4 course meal, 2 hours of live entertainment and story time with a princess. The royal doors will open at 2:00pm. Purchase tickets

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration at Adventure Park USA
11113 West Baldwin Road, Monrovia, MD ⎟ 301-865-6800⎟ 9 PM – 12:30 AM⎟  Website

Looking for something to do with the WHOLE family on New Year’s Eve? Bring your children, relatives and  friends! $30 at Door – $25 online includes unlimited laser tag, ropes course, rock wall, spin zone bumper cars, dinner and  video games.


… If you opt to stay home, turn on some youTube fireworks and order take out! Then YOU can decide when your “little” countdown should begin (AND end!).