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Ring In the New Year: 35+ Things to Do With Kids This Weekend Around Philly

Goodbye 2021, hello 2022! Welcome a brand-new year with this family-friendly weekend events in and around Philadelphia.

Want to ring in 2022 in Philadelphia? There’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy this weekend! Don’t miss our New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day event post, too!

Please be sure to check with the host location about their health and safety protocols, as well as their registration requirements, prior to heading out!

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Friday, December 31st

Dancing Into the New Year

December 31, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Please Touch Museum – 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA

The Please Touch Museum has reimagined their New Year’s Eve event this year as they celebrate together for a smaller in-person gathering with limited capacity. Join them for a morning or afternoon timed ticket session that includes two-and-a-half hours of play at the Museum, art workshops, New Year’s Eve party hats & glasses, a visit from Squiggles, and a dance party in Hamilton Hall as they celebrate 2022 in style!

Winter Break

December 31, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

National Constitution Center – 525 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA

Don’t take a break from learning this winter—head to the National Constitution Center for engaging programs and activities!
As we prepare to ring in a new year, we will also take a look back at the past 235 years of constitutional history, from delegates at the Constitutional Convention, to the abolitionists and suffragists who fought for the rights of all Americans. During Winter Break, visitors to the National Constitution Center can explore how “we the people” have truly shaped our nation’s history, making our Constitution more inclusive.

Betsy’s Birthday Bash

December 31, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Betsy Ross House – 239 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA

Join The Betsy Ross House on Friday, December 31 to celebrate the 270th anniversary of Betsy Ross’ birth on January 1, 1752. Special events are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include storytelling, party games and free goodie bags for all paying guests. Free with admission.

Winter Break At The Museum

December 31, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Museum of the American Revolution – 101 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA

Throughout Winter Break, join The Museum of the American Revolution to explore their new special exhibition, Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War, walk through a wintery scene in Revolution Place, stop at hands-on discovery carts and in-gallery talks to dive deeper, and much more for the whole family.

Holiday Spectacular

December 31, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Comcast Center – 1701 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

The 15-minute family-friendly show will play on an outdoor video wall through New Year’s Day at the top of the hour! This Philly favorite tradition brings the magic of the holidays to life, featuring classic holiday songs and performances by the Pennsylvania Ballet.

For the first time, the Comcast Holiday Spectacular will have a sensory-friendly version. For guests who are blind or visually impaired, guests may use their own personal mobile devices to access Audio Description (AD) of the show. AD devices will also be available upon request. **sensory friendly showing @2:30 every Thur and Fri**

New Year’s Eve Confetti Countdown at the Delaware Children’s Museum

December 31, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Delaware Children’s Museum – 550 Justison St, Wilmington, DE

Ring in the new year at a kid-appropriate time with a countdown from 10 and a blast of confetti cannons from the Delaware Children’s Museum’s Stratosphere climbing sphere! While you are there, enjoy a musical performance from We Kids Rock! Facemasks are required for all guests two years and older.

Disney On Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate

December 31, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wells Fargo Center – 3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate party when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate skates into your hometown with more than 50 unforgettable Disney characters. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, go on an adventure through 14 of the greatest Disney stories ever told. Sing along with Olaf as he dreams of summer and dance with Aladdin as he stays “one jump ahead” in Agrabah. Share Forky’s wonder as he learns what it means to be a toy and forget your worries with Timon and Pumbaa. Dream big with the courageous Disney Princesses and much more as you create new memories with your whole family at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate.

Countdown to New Year’s with Cinderella in an Igloo at Figo

December 31, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Figo Italian – 1033 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA

Countdown to New Year’s with Cinderella in an Igloo at Figo in partnership with A Dash of Magic Events, welcomes families to “Igloo-distance” themselves in Northern Liberties. The Princess goes Igloo to Igloo, and table to table, to delight young children.

New Year’s Eve Confetti Countdown at the Delaware Children’s Museum

December 31, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Delaware Children’s Museum – 550 Justison St, Wilmington, DE

Ring in the new year at a kid-appropriate time with a countdown from 10 and a blast of confetti cannons from the Delaware Children’s Museum’s Stratosphere climbing sphere! While you are there, enjoy a musical performance from We Kids Rock! Facemasks are required for all guests two years and older.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

December 31, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Academy of Music – 240 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

The wait is over: live performance makes its triumphant return with Balanchine’s beloved holiday classic. Gather the family together this holiday season to share in the magic, the charm, the spectacle, and the joy of The Nutcracker ballet.
Set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score—full of cherished holiday tunes—this extraordinary ballet celebrates the season through a timeless story of youth, romance, magical battles, and boundless beauty. Follow young Marie on her fantastical adventures with parties and princes, Sugar Plum Fairies and snowflake waltzes, in a thrilling performance featuring stunning scenery, elaborate costuming, dazzling dancing, and a sensational score.

Whether this is your family’s first or fiftieth time with The Nutcracker, this remarkable production is sure to delight both the young and the young-at-heart.

New Year’s Eve Confetti Countdown at the Delaware Children’s Museum

December 31, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Delaware Children’s Museum – 550 Justison St, Wilmington, DE

Ring in the new year at a kid-appropriate time with a countdown from 10 and a blast of confetti cannons from the Delaware Children’s Museum’s Stratosphere climbing sphere! While you are there, enjoy a musical performance from We Kids Rock! Facemasks are required for all guests two years and older.

New Year’s Eve Confetti Countdown at the Delaware Children’s Museum

December 31, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Delaware Children’s Museum – 550 Justison St, Wilmington, DE

Ring in the new year at a kid-appropriate time with a countdown from 10 and a blast of confetti cannons from the Delaware Children’s Museum’s Stratosphere climbing sphere! While you are there, enjoy a musical performance from We Kids Rock! Facemasks are required for all guests two years and older.

Intro to Circus For One & All

December 31, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts – 6452 Greene St, Philadelphia, PA

In this Introduction to Circus Arts class, participants ages 6 to adult will learn basic aerial acrobatics on static trapeze & sling/hammock, juggling, plate spinning, and tight wire.

STOMP

December 31, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Merriam Theater – 250 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this non-stop electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.

Disney On Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate

December 31, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Wells Fargo Center – 3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate party when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate skates into your hometown with more than 50 unforgettable Disney characters. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, go on an adventure through 14 of the greatest Disney stories ever told. Sing along with Olaf as he dreams of summer and dance with Aladdin as he stays “one jump ahead” in Agrabah. Share Forky’s wonder as he learns what it means to be a toy and forget your worries with Timon and Pumbaa. Dream big with the courageous Disney Princesses and much more as you create new memories with your whole family at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate.

LumiNature

December 31, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Philadelphia Zoo – 3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA

✨ Let there be LIGHT! LumiNature presented by Chase glimmers again for select nights November 18 through January 9— and we can’t wait to see you there!

🌠This dazzling winter light spectacular takes guests on a magical journey of lights, sounds and surprises, offering lively displays and 14 uniquely themed installations sure to thrill guests.

🍫 Enjoy hot chocolate, warm adult beverages, s’mores making stations and more sweet treats as you stroll through the Zoo and marvel at the incredible sights!

New Year’s Eve Parties on Ice

December 31, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – January 1, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Delaware River WaterFront – 101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

Get a front-row view of the Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront with Parties on Ice. Don’t miss any of the excitement including ice skating, music, and fantastic food and drink.This is a ticketed event with two (2) party times — 5 pm and 10 pm.

Ticket Options and Prices
Skater Ticket: $55 per ticket

Ticket includes…
* Skate admission and skate rental
* One (1) complimentary Ferris wheel ride
*Spectacular views of the Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront at 6 pm and midnight
*An assortment of festive fare in the Lodge from our amazing food vendors Chickie’s & Pete’s, Skelly’s Pizza, and the brand new Black Iron BBQ by Craft Hall, as well as soft drinks.

New Year’s Eve Kids Countdown and Fireworks

December 31, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Cherry Street Pier – 121 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

Ring in 2022 at the New Year’s Eve Kids Countdown with Fireworks at Cherry Street Pier.

Bid farewell to 2021 with make-and-take crafts, warming rooms, photo-op opportunities for the Gram, and see yourself dance live on the Jumbotron while a DJ spins the best beats from the year. The Pier will be festive and fun, filled with holiday decor and dazzling lights. Plus, snag New Year’s Eve party favors while supplies last.

Stop by concessions and enjoy tasty pay-as-you-go food and drinks throughout the evening.

TICKETS
$15
Kids 2-years-old and under are FREE

Tickets include one (1) complimentary hot cocoa and spectacular views of the Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront at 6 pm.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront

December 31, 2021, 6:00 pm – January 1, 2022, 12:30 am

Delaware River WaterFront – 101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

As the grand finale of Philadelphia’s holiday season, ring in 2022 with the biggest and brightest fireworks show in the area. Enjoy the vibrant show set to an exhilarating soundtrack to start the New Year in an unforgettable way.Enjoy two shows: 6 pm and midnight

The 6 pm show, “Triumphant New Year,” features the songs that have been either composed or conducted by great American composer John Williams.

The midnight show, “Get Your Groove On,” will take us on a trip to the ’70s featuring all the familiar tunes that will take some viewers back to their youth and introduce a younger generation to the music of the time.

The Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront can be viewed for free along the Waterfront at Race Street Pier and the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

New Year’s Celebration With The Philadelphia Orchestra

December 31, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center – 300 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

Join  a “joyful” welcome to 2022 as the Orchestra rings in the New Year with Beethoven’s iconic Ninth Symphony. Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank draws inspiration from Beethoven and her Peruvian culture in Pachamama Meets an Ode, challenging us to look at gifts from the past with new and searching eyes.

STOMP

December 31, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Merriam Theater – 250 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this non-stop electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.

Saturday, January 1st

The Mummers Day Parade

January 1, 2022, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

City Hall – 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

Ring in 2022 by attending the annual Mummers Day Parade on New Year’s Day!

Don’t miss the time-honored tradition that brings together more than 10,000 costumed adults and children as they march from City Hall south on Broad Street to Washington Avenue.

The Mummers Parade is a family-friendly celebration that has delighted visitors from Philadelphia and beyond for more than 120 years.

Holiday Spectacular

January 1, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Comcast Center – 1701 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

The 15-minute family-friendly show will play on an outdoor video wall through New Year’s Day at the top of the hour! This Philly favorite tradition brings the magic of the holidays to life, featuring classic holiday songs and performances by the Pennsylvania Ballet.

For the first time, the Comcast Holiday Spectacular will have a sensory-friendly version. For guests who are blind or visually impaired, guests may use their own personal mobile devices to access Audio Description (AD) of the show. AD devices will also be available upon request. **sensory friendly showing @2:30 every Thur and Fri**

Disney On Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate

January 1, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wells Fargo Center – 3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate party when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate skates into your hometown with more than 50 unforgettable Disney characters. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, go on an adventure through 14 of the greatest Disney stories ever told. Sing along with Olaf as he dreams of summer and dance with Aladdin as he stays “one jump ahead” in Agrabah. Share Forky’s wonder as he learns what it means to be a toy and forget your worries with Timon and Pumbaa. Dream big with the courageous Disney Princesses and much more as you create new memories with your whole family at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate.

Disney On Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate

January 1, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Wells Fargo Center – 3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate party when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate skates into your hometown with more than 50 unforgettable Disney characters. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, go on an adventure through 14 of the greatest Disney stories ever told. Sing along with Olaf as he dreams of summer and dance with Aladdin as he stays “one jump ahead” in Agrabah. Share Forky’s wonder as he learns what it means to be a toy and forget your worries with Timon and Pumbaa. Dream big with the courageous Disney Princesses and much more as you create new memories with your whole family at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate.

LumiNature

January 1, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Philadelphia Zoo – 3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA

✨ Let there be LIGHT! LumiNature presented by Chase glimmers again for select nights November 18 through January 9— and we can’t wait to see you there!

🌠This dazzling winter light spectacular takes guests on a magical journey of lights, sounds and surprises, offering lively displays and 14 uniquely themed installations sure to thrill guests.

🍫 Enjoy hot chocolate, warm adult beverages, s’mores making stations and more sweet treats as you stroll through the Zoo and marvel at the incredible sights!

Disney On Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate

January 1, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wells Fargo Center – 3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate party when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate skates into your hometown with more than 50 unforgettable Disney characters. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, go on an adventure through 14 of the greatest Disney stories ever told. Sing along with Olaf as he dreams of summer and dance with Aladdin as he stays “one jump ahead” in Agrabah. Share Forky’s wonder as he learns what it means to be a toy and forget your worries with Timon and Pumbaa. Dream big with the courageous Disney Princesses and much more as you create new memories with your whole family at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate.

Sunday, January 2nd

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day

January 2, 2022, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Barnes Foundation – 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA

It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means free admission at the Barnes. This month we’re celebrating the 150th birthday of our founder, Dr. Albert Barnes—he was born on this day in 1872! Find highlights of Dr. Barnes’s life in our galleries, and learn even more with our fun family activities. Plus, see our special exhibition Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel before it closes.

Winter Break At The Museum

January 2, 2022, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Museum of the American Revolution – 101 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA

Throughout Winter Break, join us at the Museum to explore our new special exhibition, Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War, walk through a wintery scene in Revolution Place, stop at hands-on discovery carts and in-gallery talks to dive deeper, and much more for the whole family.

Disney On Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate

January 2, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wells Fargo Center – 3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate party when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate skates into your hometown with more than 50 unforgettable Disney characters. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, go on an adventure through 14 of the greatest Disney stories ever told. Sing along with Olaf as he dreams of summer and dance with Aladdin as he stays “one jump ahead” in Agrabah. Share Forky’s wonder as he learns what it means to be a toy and forget your worries with Timon and Pumbaa. Dream big with the courageous Disney Princesses and much more as you create new memories with your whole family at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate.

STOMP

January 2, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Merriam Theater – 250 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this non-stop electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.

New Year’s Celebration With The Philadelphia Orchestra

January 2, 2022, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center – 300 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

Join a “joyful” welcome to 2022 as the Orchestra rings in the New Year with Beethoven’s iconic Ninth Symphony. Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank draws inspiration from Beethoven and her Peruvian culture in Pachamama Meets an Ode, challenging us to look at gifts from the past with new and searching eyes.

Disney On Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate

January 2, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Wells Fargo Center – 3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate party when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate skates into your hometown with more than 50 unforgettable Disney characters. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, go on an adventure through 14 of the greatest Disney stories ever told. Sing along with Olaf as he dreams of summer and dance with Aladdin as he stays “one jump ahead” in Agrabah. Share Forky’s wonder as he learns what it means to be a toy and forget your worries with Timon and Pumbaa. Dream big with the courageous Disney Princesses and much more as you create new memories with your whole family at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate.

LumiNature

January 2, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Philadelphia Zoo – 3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA

✨ Let there be LIGHT! LumiNature presented by Chase glimmers again for select nights November 18 through January 9— and we can’t wait to see you there!

🌠This dazzling winter light spectacular takes guests on a magical journey of lights, sounds and surprises, offering lively displays and 14 uniquely themed installations sure to thrill guests.

🍫 Enjoy hot chocolate, warm adult beverages, s’mores making stations and more sweet treats as you stroll through the Zoo and marvel at the incredible sights!

STOMP

January 2, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Merriam Theater – 250 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this non-stop electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.

Writer for Philadelphia Family. Email tips to lani@familyfocus.org.

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