24 Family Friendly New Year's Eve Celebrations in Connecticut

Photo courtesy of the Maritime Aquarium
What to Do on New Year's Eve with Kids

I have crossed over. Dreams of elegant parties and midnight champagne toasts have been replaced with longing for easy bedtimes and a good night's sleep. But it feels wrong not to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another without some sort of revelry. Happily, there's no shortage of ways to celebrate New Year's Eve together as a family: no baby sitter required! Whether you're interested in skating, swimming, or roller skating; there's something for everyone.

For more great ideas to finish up 2018 and make plans for 2019, be sure to check our frequently updated events calendar.

Fairfield County

1. New Year's Eve Craft, Darien
Younger kids especially will enjoy saying farewell to 2018 with a special craft activity at Darien Library. Free.

2. Noon Year's Eve at the Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk
Countdown to the New Year with a DJ, “bubble-ologist” Kim Winslow, face-painting, and more. It's the last day to enjoy the "Flurry Zone," when snow falls from the ceiling of Newman’s Own Hall every hour on the hour.

3. New Year's Eve Jump, Norwalk
Make sure the kids are worn out well before midnight with one of three jump sessions at Pump It Up. Kids will enjoy a live DJ, a balloon drop, and more. 

Photo courtesy of Ally Noel

Hartford County

4. Celebrations Around the World, Bristol
Ring in the New Year celebrating cultures and traditions from around the globe at Imagine Nation's New Year's Celebration. Kids can create confetti, masks, noisemakers, and a colorful flower float, as well as dance to a DJ, march in a New Year's parade, and count down to the ball drop at noon.

5. Noon Year's Eve Party, Canton
Younger kids will love this special mommy and me celebration at the Little Green Tambourine that will include a New Year's craft, play, dance, and sparkling cider toast.

6. First Night Hartford, Hartford
The city's official New Year's Eve celebration features performances, fun activities for the entire family, firework displays, and more. The events will be held at more than 20 venues and sites in downtown Hartford. 

7. Family Skate at Simsbury Farms, Simsbury
Enjoy a free gift as well as hot chocolate (while supplies last) while counting down to an early New Year celebration.

8. DJ Celebration at Veteran's Memorial Skating Rink, West Hartford
DJ Flo and MC Lovin' will entertain families for a countdown to an early midnight on the ice.

9. Nomads, South Windsor
From 11am-2pm, Nomads is celebrating the New Year! Come with your kids to enjoy a bounce house, kids d.j., and food.

10. Noontime New Year's Eve, Middlebury
My kind of New Year's Eve celebration - at noon! The Middlebury Library is offering a fun time for kids starting at 11am...and it's free!

11. Kids and Teens Countdown to Noon, Simsbury
Bring out the kids of all ages to ring in the noon year. Fun photos, bubbly (non-alcoholic), and lots of noise.

12. New Year's Eve at Noon, West Hartford
Noah Webster Library is hosting a party to ring in the New Year. Enjoy dancing with D.J. Red Supreme. Free for all ages.

13. New Year's Eve Party, Enfield
Enfield Plays On will be at the Public Library for an hour long celebration starting at 11am.

New Haven County

14. Fantasy of Lights, New Haven
If you haven't seen this incredible light display at Lighthouse Point Park, tonight is your last night! Special bonus: you get to stay toasty warm in your car and no one will know if you're already in your PJs!

15. New Year's at Noon, Wallingford
Your kids will be bouncing off the walls at Sky Zone where you can enjoy an early celebration beginning at noon.

16. Public Skate at Roller Magic, Waterbury
Obviously my kids weren't around for the roller skating craze of the 70s, but they love this retro roller rink, which is hosting a public skate on New Year's Eve day. Rental skates are available.

17. New Year's Eve Beach Party, Woodbridge
Join the JCC of New Haven for swimming, crafts, snacks, and some time in the playscape (JCC membership not required).

Litchfield County

18. Hands On Model Train Exhibit, New Milford
New Year's Eve is the last day your little engineers will be able to take a turn running the electric trains through the exhibit at New Milford Gallery. Free.

19. New Year's Eve at Ski Sundown, New Hartford
Families can hit the slopes as early as 8:00 am and ski all day. In the evening there will be a special torchlight parade. 

20. Camp Jewell, Colebrook
Bring your children to enjoy this 24- hour event. Drop off your children and go have an "adult" good time. Breakfast and lunch are included.

21. New Year's Eve Story Hour, Kent 
Fun for ages 6 and up. Make a New Year's Eve craft and eat some snacks at the library. Free.

Eastern Connecticut

22. Family New Year's Eve Party at Sparetime, Groton
Sparetime bowling alley is the place to be for daytime and early evening family fun that includes bowling, pizza, and prizes, as well as a laser light show.

23. Countdown to Noon, Niantic
Join the Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut at the East Lyme Community Center for arts and crafts, animal encounters, and more. (Note: the museum itself is closed for the day; all the fun is at the community center).

24. New Year's Eve Square Dance, Lebanon
Swing your partner at this family-friendly event that includes dancing and a potluck supper.

Originally published in 2014.

 

Pump it Up
145 Main Street
06851 Norwalk , CT
Phone: 203.838.5867
41° 7' 27.858" N, 73° 25' 3.2628" W
Connecticut
The Little Green Tambourine
166 Albany Turnpike - Route 44
06019 Canton , CT
Phone: 860-352-5504
41° 49' 23.3904" N, 72° 53' 38.0904" W
Connecticut
Simsbury Farms Skating Rink
100 Old Farms Road
06092 Simsbury , CT
Phone: 860-658-3836
41° 52' 52.3452" N, 72° 50' 39.4836" W
Connecticut
Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink
56 Buena Vista Road
06107 West Hartford , CT
Phone: (860) 521-1573
41° 45' 1.044" N, 72° 46' 5.2716" W
Connecticut
Lighthouse Point Park
2 Lighthouse Point Terrace
06512 New Haven , CT 41° 15' 2.3184" N, 72° 53' 51.4284" W
Connecticut
Middlebury Public Library
30 Crest Road
06762 Middlebury , CT
Phone: 203-758-2634
41° 31' 44.2452" N, 73° 7' 4.332" W
Connecticut
Noah Webster Branch of West Hartford Library
20 South Main Street
06110 West Hartford , CT
Phone: 860-561-8202
41° 45' 38.394" N, 72° 44' 29.346" W
Connecticut
Nomads AdventureQuest
100 Bidwell Road
06074 South Windsor , CT
Phone: (860) 290-1177
41° 49' 47.2044" N, 72° 36' 32.0508" W
Connecticut
Pump it Up
145 Main Street
06851 Norwalk , CT
Phone: 203.838.5867
41° 7' 27.858" N, 73° 25' 3.2628" W
Connecticut
Maritime Aquarium
10 North Water Street
06854 Norwalk , CT
Phone: 203-852-0700
41° 6' 4.9608" N, 73° 25' 0.6096" W
Connecticut
Enfield Library
820 Enfield Street
06082 Enfield , CT
Phone: 860-253-6300
42° 0' 0.7596" N, 72° 35' 41.532" W
Connecticut
Sky Zone Wallingford
805 North Colony Road
06492 Wallingford , CT 41° 28' 39.4572" N, 72° 48' 48.312" W
Connecticut
New Milford Gallery
11 Railroad Street
06776 New Milford , CT 41° 34' 36.0588" N, 73° 24' 45.4824" W
Connecticut
Ski Sundown
126 Ratlum Road
New Hartford , CT
Phone: 860-379-SNOW
41° 53' 4.866" N, 72° 56' 48.1164" W
Connecticut
Camp Jewell
6 Prock Hill Road
06021 Colebrook , CT
Phone: 860-379-2782
42° 1' 9.5016" N, 73° 6' 52.6968" W
Connecticut
Kent Memorial Library Junior Room
32 North Main Street
06757 Kent , CT
Phone: 860.927.3761
41° 43' 35.3064" N, 73° 28' 31.206" W
Connecticut
Sparetime
27 Kings Highway
06340 Groton , CT
Phone: 860-445-6500
41° 21' 46.0548" N, 72° 4' 6.2004" W
Connecticut
Children's Museum of Southeastern
409 Main Street
06367 Niantic , CT 41° 19' 21.6372" N, 72° 11' 55.2984" W
Connecticut
Roller Magic
60 Harvester Road
06706 Waterbury , CT 41° 32' 28.5756" N, 73° 2' 18.7764" W
Connecticut
Veteran's Memorial Skating Rink
56 Buena Vista Road
06107 West Hartford , CT 41° 45' 1.044" N, 72° 46' 5.2716" W
Connecticut