New Year's Weekend Fun for New Jersey Kids

Let the New Year's countdown begin! We've made it to the final weekend of holiday break, and there is still time to delight in holiday lights, enjoy a winter wonderland, catch a performance of Annie, and ring in 2018 with underwater creatures. Resolve to carve out some fun-filled family time with these great events.

You can also check out our post on things to do with the kids on New Year's Eve, and for even more winter weekend activities, see our January events calendar

Things To Do on New Year's Day with Philly Kids

New Year's Eve with kids can be a totally different experience. Instead of staying up until midnight, you might be skipping the cocktails to check out a countdown to noon event and early fireworks. Or maybe you're lucky enough to have a sitter and spend NYE with your spouse or significant other! Either way, New Year's Day is the perfect time to relax and get in some extra family time before heading back to work. Check out these great events in the area on New Year's Day for some family fun.

Family Friendly New Year's Eve Fun in Houston

While typically considered a holiday largely for adults, ringing in the new year isn't solely for the 18-and-up age group. In fact, Houston has quite a few festivities lined up for kids and the whole family on New Year's Eve. Whether it's making a special trip down to Kemah Boardwalk to watch fireworks over the water, or heading to the ever-popular Children's Museum of Houston to enjoy a more traditional balloon drop and "Noon" Year's countdown, there's something for everyone on this list of family-friendly New Year's Eve activities. 

Christmas Light Trail at Dewberry Farm

Dewberry Farm is an easy favorite when it comes to planning fall activities, and once the holiday season hits it becomes a choose-n-cut Christmas tree chopping destination. However, this year the farm has added another layer of holiday cheer to the festivities: the brand new Trail of Lights and Christmas Village, touting it as a "Christmas Adventure as Big as Texas!" Christmas lights become a bigger and bigger deal each year as our kids get older, and when we had the opportunity to check out the Trail of Lights I knew it was a holiday activity we had to add to our list.

Spoiler: it was a BIG hit... dare I say... (drum roll...) as big as Texas? 

Winter Break Weekday Fun in NJ: Art Studio, Dance Camp, New Year's Party

Monday is a banner day for New Jersey families. Not only is it Christmas, but it's also the first official day of winter break! A week off from school means a week of digging for entertainment for the little ones. Luckily, Mommy Poppins NJ has a full roster of winter break activities throughout the state.

Make Christmas last all week, with holiday adventures like Cranbury Christmas Lights, Adventure Aquarium's Christmas Underwater, and Jenkinson's Sea of Lights. Plus, stay warm with hands-on museum fun at New Jersey State Museum's Winter Break Art Studio, Morris Museum's Winter Vacation Celebration, and Newark Museum's Holiday Fun Days. And get ready for the New Year at Lawrence Library's New Year's Eve Party for Families.  

Read on for our best children's events the week of Dec 25-29, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and December GoList for even more end-of-the-year happenings.

Disneyland with Baby? All You Need Is This Game Plan

Disneyland is free for kids under the age of three, but can you and your baby enjoy it? I've taken my 15-month-old daughter at least nine times, allowing me to hone my baby strategy. For many, Disneyland is a once-in-a-lifetime trip. For locals it's different; while the House of Mouse has temporarily suspended SoCal resident passes, Southern California families can still take advantage of the Resident Select Pass and visit Disneyland more often than the dentist. Parents of little ones will discover the park is the ultimate in family-friendly fun, no matter what your age. Here are twelve tips to have a more magical day with your baby.

21 Places for New Year's Eve Fun with Kids in Philadelphia

While they may not be able to stay awake until midnight, kids still have plenty of opportunities to celebrate New Year's Eve in the Philadelphia area. From museums and zoos, to parks and moon bounces, many venues are hosting afternoon events for the little ones. Several options on our list provide prime seating for the city's early (6 PM) fireworks show over the Delaware River. Children can have their own countdowns, toss confetti, watch a mini ball drop, and, who knows, maybe even get home before bedtime!

See our list of fun places to ring in the New Year with kids. Many of these are ticketed events, so be sure to make plans before they sell out.

If you are looking for something else to do on December 31, there are plenty of other non-New Year's themed events listed on our calendar

What to Do on Christmas Day with Westchester Kids

Looking for some Christmas Day fun? You might find yourself searching for a way to spend the afternoon after the presents have been ripped open—or maybe you don't celebrate Christmas and are looking for some fun activities for your kids. No worries, there are a few things to do in Westchester on Christmas Day.

Read on for some ideas for fun around town, and be sure to sign up for our newsletters to stay in the holiday loop!

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