Are you & your little one(s) looking forward to ringing in the New Year? We are too! Let's get those sparklers & noise-makers ready to welcome 2019!
If you're reading this now you've probably noticed that there are thousands of New Years Eve events happening in the Sunshine State... but like us, many families have a difficult time finding New Years Eve events that are family-friendly and safe for kids.
We think every holiday should be as stress-free as possible and we love helping families find fun things to do together. So to help you and your kiddos usher in the New Year in a safe & fun way, we've been working on a list of Family-Friendly New Years Eve & New Year Events!
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Family-Friendly New Years Eve & New Year Events:
Fisherman's Village New Years Eve Celebration in Punta Gorda. The public is cordially invited to ring in the New Year at Fishermen’s Village on Monday, December 31st, 2018! Beginning at 6 pm New Year’s Eve Family Friendly festivities will Include: Live Music/Dancing 6 pm -12:30 am with DJ and Singer MICHAEL WHITE (center court), Get Snapped Photo Booth 6 pm-12:30 am, Comedy magic shows, balloon creations, juggling with Captain Jack, 6 pm-12 midnight, Finest Face Painting by MaryRose, 6 pm-12 midnight, Glitter Tattoos by Star Valle Entertainment, 6 pm-12 midnight, LED Juggling, Balloon twisting and magic shows by Jeff the Juggler, 6 pm-12 midnight, Tarot by Pamela (Tarot card readings for nominal fee), 6 pm-12 midnight, Funky Hair Glitter Designs (get your sparkle on!) 6-10 pm, Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst 6 pm – 12 midnight (first section), Final evening to view Festival of Lights! Shops and Boutiques will be open until 6 PM. King Fisher Fleet NYE’s Cruise departs at 11:00 pm – purchase tickets on line at www.KingFisherFleet.com/new-years-eve-cruise. FIREWORKS DISPLAY, 12 Midnight, viewing from West Dock (sponsored by Tow Boat U.S. Charlotte Harbor, Keesling Construction and Holidaze Boat Rental) Fishermen’s Village Restaurants will be offering
New Year’s Eve specials and are open until 12 Midnight (or later). Fishermen’s Village is located Off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. Overflow parking will be available; complimentary golf cart rides anywhere on Village property. Call 941 639-8721 for more details or visit www.fishville.com
South Cape NYE Ball Drop in Cape Coral. This block party includes food trucks, beer tents, a ball drop and live music from Signal III and Soulixer. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free. All ages are welcomed. Southeast 47th Terrace between Southeast 9th Place and Southeast 11th Place.
New Year’s Eve cruise in Ft.Myers. Pure Florida celebrates the day with a cruise sailing from Fort Myers. Features drink specials and view of the sunset. 4:30-6 p.m. $35 includes one free drink. $17.50 admission for children. Reservations are required. Departs from The Marina at Edison Ford, 2360 W. First St., Fort Myers. 263-4949 or PureFL.com
Sky Zone New Year’s Eve Party in Ft.Myers. Teens can jump their way into the new year at the Fort Myers trampoline park. The overnight party includes a deejay, prizes, games, pizza, snacks and dancing. Bring your own pillow and clothes that glow under black light. Ages 13-17. 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. $34.99-$49.99.
New Year's Eve Fireworks in Naples. Celebrate the new year with fireworks in the Naples Pier area. 7:30-8 p.m. Free. The Naples Pier at the west end of 12th Avenue South, Naples. 213-7120
Pieces of Eight Pirate Cruise in Ft.Myers. Watch the Fort Myers Beach fireworks with a crew of pirates on the Pieces of Eight, a 65-foot replica of a Spanish galleon pirate ship. The family-friendly boat features a full bar with adult beverages, soda, water and light snacks (not included in admission price). 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Boarding starts at 10 p.m. $40. Salty Sam’s Marina & Bootleggers Waterfront Barbeque, 2200 Main St., Fort Myers Beach.
New Year’s Eve Bash at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa in Sanibel. A family-friendly event with games, stilt walker “Way Too Tall” Torrie, a fire dancer show, a balloon artist, a face painter, a deejay, steel drum music, karaoke, a photo booth, s’mores, a glow volleyball tournament, party favors, a Champagne toast and an island-style buffet. 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. $55 ($19 for children ages 3-12). Reservations suggested. Sundial Beach Resort, 1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island.
New Year’s Eve and Town Birthday – Help celebrate the birthday of the Town of Fort Myers Beach and New Year’s Eve at Time Square, located smack-dab on the Gulf of Mexico. The festivities begin at noon with free cupcakes, and include live music. A ball drop marks midnight, followed by fireworks off of the pier.
Where: Times Square, Fort Myers Beach
Rock'n Noon Years Eve at Young At Art Museum in Davie. Fun for the entire family, this New Year’s celebration counts down to noon so everyone can ring in 2019 with YAA. The event features a balloon drop at noon, entertainment and New Year’s art activities. Boogie down with some beats, sip sparkling apple cider, and count down with a balloon drop at 12:00pm!
Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at Miami Children's Museum from 11:00am to 4:00pm. 3, 2, 1, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Ring in the New Year (a few hours early) with a countdown and our biggest and best balloon drop yet surrounded by confetti! Toast to the New Year with our apple juice “champagne”, and dress up for the occasion with our accessory giveaways (while supplies last). After the balloon drop, stick around for fun activities to help you continue the celebrations during the nighttime. (Make sure to arrive by 11:30 am for the balloon drop at noon!)
Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown – This free street festival is touted as the premiere New Year’s celebration in South Florida—and with over 100,000 expected revelers, it deserves every ounce of the hype. It serves up fun and excitement for your whole gang, including bounce houses, inflatables, face painting, games, contests and line dancing with the DJ, as well as an early ball lighting countdown at 7 p.m. for youngsters.
Where: Downtown Fort Lauderdale
Central Florida / Orlando Area:
Kids New Years Eve Party at Uno Pizzaria and Grill in Orlando from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Balloon drop and sparkling ginger ale toast. Join us for our annual Kids New Years Eve party! There will be crafts, sparkling ginger ale toasts, balloon drop and more! Fun for the entire family!
New Year’s Eve Party at Crayola Experience Orlando from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Families can ring in the New Year with Colorful fun at Crayola Experience. Special crafts, dance party with DJ Tyler, special mid-day countdowns and character appearances by Orchid and Itty Bitty Blue throughout the event. Mid-day countdowns at 1pm and 3pm. You can view their schedule at crayolaexperience.com.
Dave & Busters Family New Years Eve in Orlando from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Join Dave & Buster's for a family New Year's Eve celebration! Dave & Busters is offering an exciting and FUN way for you & your family to ring in the New Year! We will offer loads of excitement with our New Year’s Eve package which combines all the Food & FUN that guests have grown to love at Dave & Buster's. Designed for families, this event will run from 5:00-8:00 PM. Click link above for package pricing & info.
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth - DJs, live music, dance stations and mouth-watering food from around the globe highlight this event. Holiday fireworks at midnight cap off the evening, but if you want to turn in earlier, two additional showings of the firework spectacular are scheduled for 6 and 11:40 p.m. Where: Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular - When the clock strikes midnight, intense fireworks mark the New Year. But the fun is just beginning. Afterwards, a special presentation of ‘Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular’ promises to regale the crowd, with the festivities continuing until 1 a.m. Where: Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando
Rock ‘Til The Drop New Year's Eve Party – Bring the family and prepare to boogie! This family-friendly event features live music, an array of menu offerings and a champagne toast at midnight. Your little ones won’t be left out; each ticket includes unlimited soda, juice and water. Where: Hard Rock Cafe & Live Orlando at Universal CityWalk
Ring in the New Year at Legoland
Families can ring in the New Year before bedtime at Kids' New Year's Eve at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Move and groove at an exclusive dance party, catch the giant LEGO brick drop at a kid-friendly hour and wind down the year with LEGO-inspired fireworks – all before midnight.
New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld Orlando
Celebrate the connection to the sea, sea life and the world at SeaWorld Orlando's New Year's Eve event. Park guests can ring in the New Year at SeaWorld Orlando on December 31 as vibrant fireworks fill the night sky at midnight and festive entertainment will take place throughout the park, including interactive DJ stations, craft beers and delectable bites.
Returning in 2019: Three Kings Celebration – January 1 - 6
After experiencing the wonder of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, guests can keep the spirit of the season burning bright at SeaWorld’s Three Kings Celebration. Families are invited to help commemorate the arrival of the Three Wise Men with authentic festive cuisine and celebratory experiences held in honor of the cherished tradition of Latin cultures. During Three Kings Celebration, guests will enjoy extended opportunities to see classic SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration experiences such as “O Wondrous Night” and “Sea of Trees.” Offered daily, January 1-6, Three Kings Celebration brings the holiday season to an incredible close at SeaWorld.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios hosts Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!
The event features spectacular fireworks, special effects and holiday music classics every night, beginning Nov. 9 through Jan. 6, 2019.
The Disney Countdown to Midnight at Disney’s Contemporary Resort sets a thrilling tone for the New Year, with a live DJ, seasonal bites from several Disney restaurants, dancing and libations, culminating with Magic Kingdom Park fireworks viewing and a champagne toast.
Central Florida West Coast / Tampa Area:
The Outback Bowl Parade in Ybor City will be from 5:30pm to 7:45pm. The Outback Bowl New Year's Eve Parade is a great family event featuring about fifteen High School Bands and the two College Bands from the teams in the bowl game, along with numerous floats. Units will travel down 7th Avenue from 20th Street to 14th Street where the college bands and cheerleaders will participate in a pep rally. Admission is free!
New Year’s Eve Fireworks on RiverWalk in Downtown Tampa from 10 pm to Midnight. For years, Channelside Bay Plaza hosted the annual downtown Tampa New Year’s Eve fireworks spectacular. With the plaza under construction in preparation for a whole new Channelside, the best fireworks viewing moves to Cotanchobee Park in 2017. Bring your blankets and chairs and settle in to enjoy the show.
Kid's New Years Eve (Noon) Balloon Drop will be held at the Courtyard at Armature Works (1910 N. Ola Avenue, Tampa) at 11:30am. Since midnight is way past bed times, join us December 31st for a special, early NYE celebration for kids. The event kicks off at 11:30am in the Courtyard and will feature the Spheres Bubble and Magic Show as well as a countdown to noon, sparkling cider toast and a balloon drop! This family-friendly event is free to attend and open to the public. Come dance and celebrate the New Year a bit early with us.
Noon Year’s Eve at Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa
We've got your New Year's Eve plans ready, Zoo friends! Kids don't have to miss out on the big countdown just because of bedtime. Ring in 2019 with the whole family as the Event Yard transforms into a giant New Year's party at 12pm. Enjoy festivities like: interactive entertainment, animal mingles, a rockin' DJ, ThunderBug & Tampa Bay Lightning Girls, biodegradable confetti, beer & wine available for purchase for Mom & Dad, a countdown to the NOON year with a kid-friendly lemonade toast! This event is included in Zoo single-day admission & annual membership. Dec. 31st is a Pay for a Day, Get the Rest of 2018 blockout date. Pay for a Day, Get the Rest of 2018 ticket holders can upgrade for just $10.
First Night St. Petersburg in Downtown St. Petersburg from 4:00pm to Midnight. First Night St Petersburg is the largest family friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Arts in Florida and each year, we bring downtown St Petersburg Art in Unexpected Places. First Night St Pete is a collaboration between local venues and performers in and around downtown St. Petersburg. Each venue showcases a variety of artistic mediums. The annual Fireworks will take place at 8:00 p.m. (an awesome option for little kids who can't stay up late!) and a second fireworks show at midnight and are made possible and presented by the good people at Parkshore Grill, 400 Beach Seafood & Tap house and The Annex. If you buy an event button in advance you can it get into all the events, and ride on the parking shuttle! Ticket prices are $12 for adults, and $5 for kids ages 6-12 if purchased before Dec 29th. After that, ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for kids.
Light it Up Clearwater in Clearwater Beach at Midnight. Welcome to Light It Up Clearwater! Clearwater Beach's Annual Fireworks Celebration. Come and join us on New Year's Eve, relax with your toes in the sand, watch one of our world famous sunsets, grab a bite to eat and then ring in the New Year with Fireworks at midnight! All compliments of the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce and it's wonderful sponsors. Named as a one of the Top Five kid-friendly places to ring in the New Year, by U.S. News Travel, it's sure to be a celebration the whole family will enjoy!
Noon Years Eve at SkateWorld in Lakeland from 12:00pm to 4:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Admission is $6 for 12-4pm access or $3 for 5pm-8pm access.
5th Annual Noon Years Eve presented by Florida Prepaid in Tampa from 10:00am to 12:00pm (noon).
It’s official! We will be dropping confetti all over Sparkman Wharf for our 5th Annual Noon Year’s Eve presented by Florida Prepaid College Plans. Join The Mommy Spot Tampa Bay for this special private event to ring in the NOON year with your family! Dance the morning away with special musical guests kid DJ Jake Dela Cruz and Mr. Tommy, a juice toast by Honest Tea Kids Juice, and a confetti launch powered by Sparkman Wharf to ring in the NOON year! This is one of our biggest events where Dads come too since it is fun for the entire family!
Circles New Year's Eve Bash at Circles Waterfront Restaurant in Apollo Beach. Plan on being at Circles this New Years Eve to listen to DJD2 blowing the roof off as he spins from our outdoor stage overlooking Circles Tiki Beacht! Then, at midnight you'll have a front row seat for the official LARGEST New Year's Eve fireworks display in THE ENTIRE STATE OF FLORIDA for the fifth year in a row! FREE FOR EVERYONE - NO COVER! Security provided by Hillsborough County Sheriffs Department. Smokin' Bowls food truck for late night eats! (This is advertised as a Kid-Friendly event on their event site)
Central Florida Space Coast (East Coast):
New Year’s Eve in Daytona Beach - Get down to the sounds of an early evening tribute band at the oceanfront Bandshell. Enjoy fireworks after the show and again at midnight, with the Atlantic Ocean as the perfect backdrop. The Main Street block party celebration boasts an illuminated ball drop, stilt walkers, live bands and DJs, food vendors and souvenirs. For more live music and champagne toasts, drop by one of neighborhood restaurants, like the Ocean Deck.
Where: Oceanfront Bandshell and Ocean Walk Shoppes, Daytona Beach
Ring in the “Noon” Year with Brevard Zoo’s annual event. Featuring a ball drop and a complimentary juice toast, kick off the start of the New Year celebration with your kids and grandkids.
8225 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne. Call (321) 254-9453 or click link above for more info & pricing.
The Cocoa Beach Pier knows how to help you celebrate. Enjoy the ringing in of the New Year overlooking the Atlantic Ocean! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $35 which includes admission, party favors, live entertainment, two complimentary drinks and a champagne toast at midnight. 401 Meade Avenue Cocoa Beach. Call (321) 783-7549 or click link above for more info.
Space Coast Lightfest in Whickham Park, Melbourne. Go and enjoy the lights any night of the week from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. More than 2.7 million twinkling holiday lights will ignite the night sky at Wickham Park in Melbourne November 19, 2017 through January 1, 2019. The Space Coast Lightfest is a holiday themed drive-through event transforming Wickham Park into a virtual winter wonderland. This family oriented celebration features shimmering lights and animated displays and draws more than 15,000 vehicles annually. A journey through the 1.1-mile park will take your breath away as your family experiences the wonders of the holiday season. The climax of your journey will begin as you enter and pass through a 200-foot Light Tunnel exploding with a pulse of color, illuminated by 30,000 dazzling holiday lights. This event is open on Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day!
Pensacola Pelican Drop in Downtown Pensacola. A ball-drop is so yesterday. Pensacola ups the ante by dropping a giant, illuminated pelican. Free and popular, this event offers live entertainment and activities for your whole posse. Your little ones will enjoy the Little Pelican Party, highlighted by the bubble stop and Pelican lighting at 8 p.m., with activities beginning at 6 p.m.
New Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park in Panama City Beach. Panama City Beach welcomes the New Year with free live music, entertainment, fireworks, and a ball drop, plus a special 8 p.m. countdown for the kids, featuring over 10,000 inflated beach balls dropped from nets stretched over the street.
Beach Blast Off at St. Augustine Beach Pier Park A spectacular fireworks show, live music, a kids’ zone, and abundant food and drink combine to make this New Year’s event the most popular in St. Augustine. What makes it even better? Admission is free. Tickets are available for Kids’ Zone activities as well as food and drink purchases.
Beaches Branch New Years Eve Kids Craft: Jacksonville Public Library in Neptune Beach. Join us as we get ready for the New Year celebrations. We will make our own noise makers to ring in the New Year! All ages are welcome. Dec 29, 3:00pm - 5:00pm - Free! 600 3rd St., Neptune Beach, FL (904) 241-1141
Adventure Landing New Year Eve Celebration: Join us from 10am-2pm and enjoy the following offer: Unlimited Mini Golf, Unlimited Laser Tag, Unlimited Go-Karts, Unlimited Wacky Worm, Only $10 – Guests under 56″ tall, Only $15 – Guests 56″ and taller, FREE for kids 3 and under. Don’t Miss Our Annual Balloon Drop at Noon! 3 Age Groups – For Ages 12 & Under. Each balloon is filled with prizes! Donate blood on-site from 12pm-6pm and receive a BOGO FREE ice skating admission & rental for WinterFEST.
Get Air Trampoline Park New Year's Jumpin Eve
Say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019 as we ring in the new year! Join us for a free slice of pizza and a drink, party with our DJ and jump for three hours! Tickets can be purchased online or in-store. Purchase your tickets before December 20 and save 10 percent! Tickets are $18 before December 20 and $20 after. We can't wait to celebrate with all of you!
Jacksonville Landing New Year's Eve Celebration: Ring in the New Year at The Jacksonville Landing on Monday, December 31! Downtown Jacksonville is the place to be this New Year’s Eve and The Jacksonville Landing is where to celebrate and ring in 2019! The New Year’s Eve Celebration will feature live music, food, drink specials and fireworks! This event is FREE! Say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019 with this free event featuring live music, good times, great food, drink specials and FIREWORKS! After 6 p.m., The Jacksonville Landing will be gated. All persons must be 21 years of age or older or present military I.D. Children are welcome with a parent and must stay with the parent at all times. Entrance to The Landing is free.
Noon Year's Eve Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens: Ring in the New Year and have a wild time with some real party animals – all before bedtime. Noon Year's Eve sponsored by Fun 4 First Coast Kids 10 am - 1 pm on the Great Lawn FREE with Zoo admission! Enjoy: Live entertainment, Party favors, Giveaways, Special Kids-Friendly Activities, Face painting, Crafts, And more! Apple Juice toast at the strike of noon! FREE with Zoo admission!
Skate Station Funworks New Years All Night Don't miss the best New Year's Bash! Skate Station all night! Balloon drop for cash & prizes at midnight! Tickets include unlimited play, breakfast, dinner, hats, leis, and horns. 7:30pm - 7:30am.
We Rock the Spectrum Noon Year Celebration! Our annual Happy "Noon" Year is Back - and ready to ring in 2019! Come join us for Open Play + Resolution Setting + and Countdown to the "noon" year! This is an OPEN event for all to come and celebrate 2019! At 11:59 we will have a Countdown to "Noon" - complete with an EPIC balloon drop! Finish out the celebration with cookies & an Apple Juice Toast! Admission is $12 / child! 904- 330-0362
Downtown Countdown in Gainesville: Every December 31, downtown Gainesville rocks as revelers prepare to ring in the New Year with a live concert starting at 9 pm. The countdown to the New Year at midnight is celebrated with great music, free noisemakers, lively dancing and spirited camaraderie.
Flip Factory Zone New Years Eve Countdown Party Come countdown the New Year early with your family! Wear your New Years gear and party with us to end your 2018! We’ll be hosting a Kid Friendly New Years countdown at 8 PM which will consist of a Balloon Drop!
Fun4GatorKids Countdown to Noon at Bouncers This is a great way to celebrate the new year with your preschool age children! INCLUDES: Face Painting, Character Party (take your own photos with them!), 1 slice of Pizza, 1 drink, Count down to Noon! Open play on Indoor Playground. Meet other Preschool Parents. Event Age range is for Infants up to 5 years old
Sparks in the Park - Depot Park Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Downtown Gainesville! Begin the evening at Depot Park – music, a beautiful sunset, FIREWORKS, and more! Then take a 5-minute stroll down the glowing rainbow of lights lining SE 2nd and SE 3rd Streets to continue your evening at Bo Diddley Plaza with live music and the official countdown to 2019. 5p: Bring blankets and chairs and find a spot in Depot Park to enjoy the last sunset of 2018 while a DJ hosts a family-friendly dance party on the main stage blasting tunes and SNOW 360 degrees around the Hill. 6:30p: The fun continues in Depot Park with ‘Sparks in the Park,’ a 15-minute musically choreographed fireworks show over the main pond. 7p: Directly following the firework display, guests are invited to ‘GLOW Downtown,’ where SE 2nd & 3rd Street sidewalks, connecting Depot Park to Bo Diddley Plaza, will be lined with a glowing rainbow of lights leading to The Hippodrome Theatre. The walk is only 5-10 minutes and approximately 0.46 miles.
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