Ring in 2019 in the best way possible – surrounded by your little ones! Whether you celebrate at First Night Ocean County at the Jersey Shore or stay overnight aboard Battleship New Jersey to watch the waterfront fireworks, New Jersey is filled with fun ways for families to celebrate together.
Here are 10 family-friendly New Years Eve celebrations in NJ:
First Night Ocean County + fireworks
Mark your calendar for New Year’s Eve and a family celebration with local businesses along the Boardwalk. Fun and games for the entire family! Kids will have a blast with the balloonists, face painters, crafts, magic show, jugglers, caricature portraits, and much more. Don’t miss the fireworks show at 5PM on the boardwalk.
Seaside Heights Boardwalk
Seaside Heights, NJ
Watch Fireworks and Spend the First Night of 2019 Aboard the Battleship
December 31 at 5PM – January 1 at 9AM
Families can spend the First Night of 2019 overnight on the Battleship! Enjoy dinner and breakfast at the chowline, tour the ship, ride the flight simulator and sleep in the bunks that the crew of the USS New Jersey once did. Plus enjoy the unique view of the New Year’s midnight fireworks from the deck of the Battleship.
Battleship New Jersey
Cost: $10 for just fireworks, $79 to stay the night
First Night Ocean City
4PM – 1AM
There is something for everybody at Ocean City First Night’s 22 venues! Magic shows, game shows, an ice rink, inflatables, swimming at the Aquatic & Fitness Center, skateboard park, karaoke, planetarium, and much more can all be found during this family New Years event. All activities support local charities. The evening culminates with a fabulous fireworks show at midnight.
Ocean City, NJ
First Night Morris County
4:45PM – 1AM
Downtown Morristown festivities start at 4:45PM and include 70+ performances, 23 venues, free shuttle bus service, and programming for all ages. For kids, you will find face painting, fun with Legos, a Children’s Fun Festival, Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery, hula hoop fun, and more. Don’t miss fireworks at 9PM and at midnight on the green.
Morris County, NJ
Cost: $25 Admission, 4 pack for $90, Children 4 and under free
Midnight at the Oasis
7PM – 12:30AM
Splash away at the indoor water park, meet Sahara Sam himself, play in the Foam Party, jam out to the DJ, play games and win giveaways, and get your limbo on! In addition to these fun features, tickets also include delicious appetizers, entrees, and desserts, party goods (noisemakers, hats, etc.), a champagne toast for guests 21 and over, and sparkling cider for the kids.
Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor & Outdoor Waterpark
West Berlin, NJ
Cost: $68.99 per person, Children 2 and under free
Emerald Ballroom Family Party at Crystal Springs Resort
6:30PM – 1AM
This 3-course dinner at the beautiful Crystal Springs Resort will start off with a cocktail reception and premium open bar and passed hors-d’oeuvres at 6:30PM immediately followed by a lavish sit-down dinner and dancing in the Emerald Ballroom. Enjoy dinner, dancing, party favors, unlimited beverages and premium open bar for those of age.
Emerald Ballroom at Grand Cascades Lodge
Sussex County, NJ
Cost: $150 for ages 12 and over, $50 for ages 4 – 11, Children 4 and under free
New Years Eve Party at iPlay America
7:30PM – 1AM
Admission to this New Years Eve family party of the year includes unlimited rides, $10 in-game cards, a DJ light show, party favors, confetti cannons, prizes, and giveaways all night long. Watch the ball drop on iPlay’s huge TV screens while celebrating with family and friends. Adults can enjoy a designated cocktail area. Dining options include food outlets in the park, Sonny’s Boardwalk Bites, and Game Time Bar & Grill.
Cost: $39.99 Advance, $49.99 Door, Toddlers under 36 inches are free.
New Year’s at Noon at Garden State Discovery Museum
12PM – 3PM
Bring the kids to the Garden State Discovery Museum for one of two countdowns during the day. There’s one at noon and one at 3PM. It’s a huge celebration, everyone in the museum will be dancing and singing!
Garden State Discovery Museum
Cherry Hill, NJ
Pump It Up Noon Year’s Eve
1PM – 3PM
Maybe this year you’ve opted to stay in with the family on New Year’s Eve. Check out Pump It Up in Hamilton – an open jump session your littles including inflatables, SFX Lights, and Jump N Jam karaoke.
Pump It Up
Cost: $12 per child, pre-registration is required
Have Dinner and enjoy fireworks at Le Club Avenue
Seating 1: 5PM – 8PM, Seating 2: 8:30PM
Enjoy a fabulous French dinner at Le Club Avenue in Long Branch, a gorgeous beachfront location. At the second seating, you’ll enjoy party favors, live entertainment, 5 courses, and the live ball drop. At 9PM, there will be a fireworks display on the beach – what a way to ring in the new year! There will be a kids menu offered for both seatings. Seating is limited, please call 732-759-2900.
Le Club Avenue
Long Branch, NJ
Cost: $55, $100