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!

Staying in? Check out kid-friendly party guides for a NYE glamping party, NYE traditions from around the world, or Noontime New Year’s at home!

Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Baltimore

Saturday New Year’s Noon Parties at Baltimore County Public Library Branches
December 30 | Times Vary | Branches Vary

 5-4-3-2-1! We count down to noon at this rockin’ child-friendly version of New Year’s Eve. Dancing, crafts and plenty of fun for all.  Check out their website to see participating branches and start times. MORE

Noon Year’s Eve
December 31 | 10 AM – 12 PM | The AVENUE at White Marsh

Why stay up late to ring in the New Year? The Avenue at White Marsh is throwing a family celebration from 10:00am to noon on New Year’s Eve with live musical entertainment for kids by the Joanie Leeds Trio! Barnes and Noble will host a storytime at 11am. Don’t miss the big countdown and their ball drop when the clock strikes 12:00pm. Then stick around for lunch at one of their restaurants… or demonstrate their ice skating skills on their outdoor rink! MORE

Noon Time New Year’s Celebration
December 31 | 10 AM – 5 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Ring in the New Year early with the annual Noontime New Year’s Eve Celebration at Port Discovery Children’s Museum! Early bedtime or not, partygoers will enjoy a festive day of play. Dance the day away as rockin’ tunes fill the Museum. Watch special performances from Eric Energy, who will teach revelers about Cool Science, and the Kindersinger, who will keep little ones jingling all day long. Make jingle bell bracelets, sound sandwiches and diffusion snowflakes to help out with our famous Noontime Countdown. After the countdown, enjoy a milk and cookie toast and continue exploring the Museum for more festive family fun. MORE

Midnight Noon
December 31 | 10 AM – 2 PM | Maryland Science Center

Ring in the New Year at the Maryland Science Center! Join us for our annual New Year’s Eve celebration, Midnight Noon, where children can enjoy the ball drop before bed time. There will be fun New Year’s festivities throughout the day, including a live concert by popular kids band Milkshake. 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 completely free to members. On December 31, the Science Center will open at 9:30am, and Midnight Noon activities will run from 10:00am-2:00pm MORE

Daytime Bowling Party at Bowlero
December 31 | Book a Time | Bowlero Timonium

Take the family bowling to celebrate the New Year! Two hour family packages include a kid-friendly buffet, two hours of bowling and shoe rentals, and an apple cider/champagne toast! $21.99/person. MORE

EcoAdventures New Year’s Noon
December 31 | 11 AM & 1:45 PM | EcoAdventures

Five, four, three…two…the countdown is on for the New Year, so and bring it on in style at Eco Adventures. Bring out the whole family and join Eco Adventures for an unforgettable afternoon of fun and games. Lots of little ones can’t stay up until midnight, so Eco Adventures is speeding up the clock so that the whole family can celebrate New Years at Noon!!! Two opportunities to attend: one at 11 AM and one at 1:45 PM. MORE

Kids Countdown at The Greene Turtle
December 31 | 11 AM – 1 PM | The Greene Turtle, Bel Air

Join The Green Turtle for their Kids New Year’s Eve Countdown at 12 NOON! Come in for lunch and celebrate New Years Eve with your kids! Must RSVP. Surprises for all! To make a reservation please call Erin at 443-752-1818. MORE

Midnight at 7 at Symphony of Lights
December 31 | 5 PM – 8 PM | Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

Whether you have little ones or are looking to get a jump start on celebrating New Year’s Eve, join us to see Howard County dazzle, with a fireworks display set to music at 7 p.m. Celebrate with your family and friends while walking through the path of outdoor light displays and enjoying music, children’s activities, giveaways and more as 2017 comes to a close. MORE

5th Annual Kiddie Scoop Ball
December 31 | 8 AM | The Charmery, Hampden

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 5th 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

New Year’s Eve at Adventure Park USA
December 31 | 9 AM – 12 PM | Adventure Park USA

Adventure Park USA is already counting down for the New Year! Their annual New Year’s Eve Family Celebration on December 31st from 9PM to 12:30AM. Buy your tickets online ahead of time and save $8! Admission is $25 online or $33 at the door and includes light meal and all inside attractions. Children under 48″ may also enjoy the Gold Rush Playground. One child under age 2 is FREE with each paying adult. $15 Chaperone & Children Under 5 tickets are also available that include light meal and video games only.* MORE


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