New Year's Eve Fun for Boston Kids

Things to do with families in Boston December 31

Parents might think of New Year's as a holiday for grownups, but there are some great opportunities to celebrate with the kids, too. First Night Boston is an obvious choice, and as an added bonus, it's free. But if you're looking for something a bit more low-key, there are plenty of other options. Most of these events take place at museums out in the 'burbs, so if one of them is in your neck of the woods, attending a special family-friendly New Year's Eve event might become an annual family tradition.

Noon Year's Eve at the Ecotarium in Worcester (pictured) offers fun for the whole family. Activities include decorating a lighted ball, toasting resolutions, and making time capsules.

  • Location: 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604
  • Event Time: 10am-5pm
  • Countdown Time: 12pm and 2pm
  • Ages: All ages

Bessie's New Year's Eve PJ Dance Party at the Discovery Museums in Acton is a great way to shake things up for the little ones. Activities include making noisemakers and hats and counting down to 12 (noon).

  • Location: 177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720
  • Event Time: 10am-12pm
  • Countdown Time: 12pm
  • Ages: 2-8

Happy Noon Year at the Boston Children's Museum includes crazy hat making and a countdown to the "noon" year.

  • Location: 308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
  • Event Time: 10am-12pm
  • Countdown Time: 12pm
  • Ages: 2-8

The Family New Year's Eve Party at the Children's Museum in Easton is the perfect way for kids to ring in the new year. Activities include creating hats and noisemakers, a magic show, and confetti blast cannons.

  • Location: 9 Sullivan Avenue, North Easton, MA 02356
  • Event Time: 10am-4pm
  • Countdown Time: 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm
  • Ages: 2-9

The New Year's Eve Countdown to Midnight at the Wenham Museum is a popular event at the museum for families, with performances by Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals and Wiggles and Giggles Music. Activities include a countdown and ginger ale toast.

  • Location: 132 Main Street, Wenham, MA 01984
  • Event Time: 10am-1pm
  • Countdown Time: 12pm
  • Ages: All ages

Jammin' New Years 2017 at Jammin' With You is a rocking dance party with Josh & the Jamtones, My Gym Movement Play Zone, crafts provided by The Kids Place, Photo Standee by Goldfish Swim, a Balloon Drop, Karaoke Sing Alongs, Marshmallow Camp Fires, raffle tickets, and food available for purchase. Two times are available.

  • Location: 12B Mica Lane, Wellesley, MA 02481
  • Event time: 10:30am-12:30pm or 2pm to 4pm
  • Ages: All ages

New Year's Eve at the New Hampshire Children's Museum is another great way to enjoy the holiday with the kids. Activities include party hats, noisemakers, and countdowns.

  • Location: 6 Washington Street, Dover, NH 03820
  • Event Time: 10am-3pm
  • Countdown Time: 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm
  • Ages: All ages

LEGOLAND DIscovery Center is hosting its first Noon Year's Eve celebration. Guests get party hats to celebrate the countdown to noon, enjoy a balloon drop, have a sparkling apple cider toast and watch the indoor fireworks in MINILAND®.

  • Location: 598 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA, 02145
  • Event Time: 10am-7pm
  • Countdown time: 12pm
  • Ages: 3-10

For teenagers, the All Night Blackwatch sword party at Guard Up Family Swordmanship is a unique way to celebrate. This roleplay adventure goes until the wee hours, with pickup the next morning.

  • Location: 103 Terrace Hall Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803
  • Event Time: 6pm-8am
  • Countdown Time: midnight
  • Ages: 13+

Finally, for a family-friendly evening, Beverly's New Year in downtown Beverly is filled with fun events. Everyone can enjoy performances indoors and out. The theme this year is Pokémon.

  • Location: Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915
  • Event Time: 3pm-7pm
  • ​Event Date; Dec 30
  • Countdown Time: 6:45pm
  • Ages: All ages

Photo Courtesy of EcoTarium