5 kid-friendly ways to ring in the new year in Philadelphia

     Mummers strut ahead of the annual New Year's Day parade, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Mummers strut ahead of the annual New Year's Day parade, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    New Year’s Eve may be the traditional party night for grown-ups, but there’s plenty of kid-friendly New Year’s fun to be had in the city as we head into 2015. Our top picks include the following: 

    Countdown to noon at Nest

    Little revelers will enjoy a DJ, photo booth, and decorate-your-own 2015 hats and noisemakers. Snacks and sparkling apple cider will be on hand for when they’re all danced out! 10 a.m. to noon on New Year’s Eve.

    Countdown to noon at Please Touch Museum

    If you’re up for an even larger venue, take the kids down the the Please Touch Museum for their annual mid-morning countdown. This year will welcome 2015 and celebrate the 150th anniversary of “Alice in Wonderland.” There will be countdowns at noon and 1 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time so your little ones aren’t stuck in line waiting.

    Fireworks at Penn’s Landing 

    Stake your claim along the river and take the family to enjoy a free fireworks show over the water. The 6 p.m. spectacular on New Year’s Eve is designed for families who aren’t quite ready to stay up for the midnight version. Here’s a tip sheet on best viewing spots. 

    Party at Teenagers Inc. 

    Has your kid aged out of the countdown to noon celebrations? Are they ready for some New Year’s Eve fun of their own? Teenagers Inc. in Chestnut Hill will host a New Year’s Party from on New Year’s Eve 6:30 to 10 p.m., including a DJ and snacks. Teens are asked to “dress their best” and come ready to celebrate.

    Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day

    Of course it’s our top pick for New Year’s Day in Philly. Did you know that Mummers celebrations date back to early Egypt, Rome and Greece? Or that this year marks the 114th anniversary of the parade in Philadelphia? The Mummers will stroll through the city in their New Year’s finery starting at 10 a.m. The weather looks cold, but sunny!

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