New Year’s Eve Family Events in CT (2016 Update!)

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Finding a way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in CT with the whole family can be a little tricky. Kids aren’t always welcome at adult gatherings and expecting little ones to stay up to watch the ball drop is pretty much out of the question. Thankfully there are some great family-friendly ways to ring in the new year in Connecticut. Many of these activities take place early in the daytime or end well before midnight.

New Year's Eve 2015 Family Activities in CT

In addition to this list are several public libraries who will have free family-friendly activities throughout New Year’s Eve day. Check with your local branch for details.

Happy New Year! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2017!

First Night Hartford

28th annual – An alcohol free, family-friendly celebration of the new year through visual and performing arts

Downtown Hartford

2 pm – midnight; fireworks at 6 pm & midnight at Bushnell Park

$12 – Adults, $3 – Ages 3-15, Free – 2 & under

 

New Year’s Eve – EverWonder Children’s Museum

Decorate party hats and ring in the new year!

31 Pecks Lane – Newtown, CT

203-364-4009

10 am – 2 pm

 

Happy Noon Years – The Children’s Museum

Countdown to 2017 with a “ball drop.” Enjoy making noise makers and party hats. Celebrate with sparkling cider and special treats.

950 Trout Brook Drive – West Hartford, CT

860-231-2824

11 am – 12:30 pm

Free with admission/membership

 

New Year’s Eve Celebration & Torchlight Parade – Powder Ridge

A New Year’s Eve celebration full of skiing, riding and a torch run

99 Powder Hill Road – Middlefield, CT

866-860-0208

8 pm – 9 pm  Torchlight Parade

Parade free with purchase of lift ticket

 

New Year’s Eve Party – Whippersnapper’s Play Gym

Crafts, snacks, games and sparkling cider toast at noon

360 Sandbank Road – Cheshire, CT

203-272-4FUN

9:30 am – 12 pm

$12 – child

 

New Year’s Eve Family Fun – Maritime Aquarium

Magic Show, Comedy, Juggling, & Bubble Show 

10 North Water Street – Norwalk, CT

203-852-0700

3 – 7 pm

Free with Aquarium Admission

 

Celebrations Around the World – Imagine Nation Children’s Museum

11th annual – Celebrate cultures from around the world. Participate in a parade and special ball drop.

1 Pleasant Street – Bristol, CT

860-314-1400

10 am – 2 pm – Ball Drop at noon

$12 per person; $6 for members – no library or ACM discounts accepted

 

First Night Westport/Weston

23rd annual first night celebration includes music, dancing, face painting, bounce houses and fireworks!

Main Street – Downtown Westport

3 pm – 10 pm; Pyrotechnic Display at 8:15 pm

$15 per person, Ages 2 and under – Free

 

Countdown to Noon – Children’s Museum of Southeast CT

Build, create, and imagine your way into the new year 

East Lyme Community Center

860-691-1111

41 Society Road – Niantic, CT

10 am – 2 pm; Balloon drop at noon

$5 – member, $7 – nonmember/advance; $7 – member, $9 – nonmember/day of event

 

Countdown to Noon – KidsPlay

Countdown to noon balloon drop

61 Main Street – Torrington, CT

860-618-7700

10 am; Balloon drop at noon

$6 – Admission, Children under 1 – free

 

Winterfest – Mystic Aquarium

New Year’s Eve dance party with a rockin’ playlist created by the one-and-only Petey the Penguin

55 Coogan Blvd – Mystic, CT

860-572-5955

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Free with price of admission

 

First Night Woodbridge – JCC

Dance party, face painting, sparkling cider toast, watch “ball drop”

360 Amity Road – Woodbridge, CT

203-387-2424 x306

5 pm – 9 pm

Ages 13 and up – $10/advance, $15/door; Ages 12 and under – $5; Under 2 – Free

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