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Family Friendly Maryland New Year’s Eve Celebrations (updated for 2021)

Family Friendly Maryland New Year’s Eve Celebrations (updated for 2021)

These fun locations offer fantastic options for Maryland New Year’s Eve Celebrations that are family friendly. 2021 Dates!

Can you believe the year is already coming to an end? Wow. If you are like us, your living room still has wrapping paper carnage and plates of Christmas cookies litter the counter tops. Christmas is glorious.. and exhausting. 

And then less than a week later, BAM– it’s New Year’s Eve! If you are looking for a great option to celebrate the New Year with your kids, these events are sure to be fun! I have done a fair amount of research to include as many fun sounding family friendly New Year’s Eve Celebrations as I can. 

So, Happy New Year! I hope your family celebrates in style and that the new year brings you many blessings!

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1. Port Discovery- New Years at Noon

Port Discovery

Countdown to New Years at Noon at this family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration! Help us countdown to 2022 with a special mermaid meet and greet, a DJ dance party, winter-themed story time, stilt walkers, and circus performances. Note: this year’s New Years Eve festivities will only happen during the morning play session.

Time: 10am-1pm with the ball drop at noon.

More information here.

2. Maryland Science Center- Midnight Noon

Everyone’s favorite New Year celebration is back! Celebrate the ball drop before bedtime at the Maryland Science Center at Midnight Noon. Join in the festivities before we rock in the New Year to the tunes of the popular kids band, Marsha and the Positrons. The entire science center will be open and ready for you to explore. All activities are free with paid admission and completely free to members.
Time: 10am-2pm
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3. Eco Adventures

There will be two separate midnight at noon events for this popular New Years Eve party!

From the website: “Five, four, three…two…the countdown is on for the New Year, so and bring it on in style at Eco Adventures. Bring out the whole family and join Eco Adventures for an unforgettable afternoon of fun and games. That’s right, afternoon – we’re having a New Years Eve at NOON!!! Lots of little ones can’t stay up until midnight (We can’t even stay up until midnight…), so Eco Adventures is speeding up the clock so that the whole family can celebrate New Years Eve at Noon! Watch the ball drop into our crocodile pond in grand style. We will have 45 min show for the whole family then a dance party, games, crafts, animal interactions, and party favors! Eco Adventures…IS your destination for family fun!!!”

PRE-REGISTRATION is required as space is limited. Call 410-987-1300

1st Show: 11am-12:30pm
2nd Show: 1:30- 3pm *SPACE IS LIMITED!!!

$30 per participating person (ADULTS AND CHILDREN (3 and over-need a tickets) Plus active registration fee. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Location: 216 Najoles Rd #600, Millersville, MD 21108

More information here.

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4. Artsy Partsy Midnight at Noon

Midnight At Noon
Ages: 3+
Date: December 31st
Cost: $12.00
Midnight at noon is a great way to ring in the New Year before bedtime! We’ve got fun crafts, games, spin art and more! Our Artsy Partsy ball drops at 12 o’clock noon on Tuesday December 31st and each participant will help us fill our private courtyard with bubbles!

This event is a fun affordable way to welcome 2022!

Location: 8055 Ritchie Hwy Suite 302, Patriot Plaza 3rd Floor, Pasadena, MD

More information here.

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5. Midnight at 7: Fireworks and Fun!

Join us to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the entire family! We will have food, activities, music and of course fireworks at 7 PM. Don’t miss your last chance to walk through the Symphony of Lights course.
Tuesday, December 31, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Tickets are $15 in advance. A family 4-pack of tickets is $50. Children 3 and under are free. Military and veterans buy one ticket, get another free with valid ID at gate.

Location: 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044

More information here.

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6. Kiddie Scoop Ball Drop- The Charmery

The Charmery’s Kiddie Scoop Ball Drop Continues Tradition!

Is it just us, or does New Year’s seem to get later and later each year. For the sixth year, The Charmery celebrates New Year’s Eve with a ball drop but at 8:30pm – so that everyone in the family can party together! Once again, we host the event as a full blown party at The Charmery’s Ice Cream Factory at Union Collective, so there is tons of space for all sorts of frivolity.

Admission is free and we will be scooping all sorts of special New Year’s flavors!

More information here.

Related: Check out the Maryland Ice Cream Trail.. all the details!

7. Krumpe’s Do-nut Drop in Historic Hagerstown

Middletown Valley Bank presents the Krumpe’s Donut Drop to kick off the 2022 New Year in the square of Downtown Hagerstown, complete with fireworks and live music from DJ Sidekick! 

Time: 5-7pm. 
Where? Hagerstown Public Square

More information about this event.

8. Adventure Park USA Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

Make this New Year’s Eve a night to remember at Adventure Park USA. Bring your friends and loved ones out for an evening filled with family-friendly fun. Festivities begin at 9 PM and last until 12:30 AM. Massive balloon drop at midnight!

Your ticket includes: Unlimited attractions, Arcade Games, DJ, Meal Voucher, Prizes and Giveaways.
Space is limited, reserve your spot today!

Online Pricing
New Year’s Eve party $44.95
Cash bar available for 21 and older.

Location: 11113 Baldwin Rd, Monrovia, MD 21770

More information here.

Related: 100+ Fun Things to Do With Kids in Maryland!

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9. Scary Strokes in Waldorf: New Year’s Eve Party Early Session

Looking for a fun, safe, and different place to ring in 2020? Then reserve your spot at Scary Strokes today and celebrate the New Year with us on Tuesday December 31st!

We will have two time slots available to choose from to ring in the new year, both with their own New Years clock countdown on our in-house Music Video Television station “Tomb TV”. Our first session will be from 6pm-9pm with us celebrating the “New Year” at 8pm.

  • Unlimited Scary Strokes Mini-Golf
  • Unlimited soft drinks
  • Food Buffet including Pizza, Hot Dogs, and other favorites
  • $5 Power Arcade Card
  • Party Favors
  • “Midnight Toast” w/Sparkling Cider
  • Various contests and Scary Strokes giveaways throughout the evening

For more information about the ‘early’ session.

Location: 2960 Technology Pl Suite #106, Waldorf, MD 20601

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10. Sportsmans Hall Rollerskating Center: Young Family New Year’s Eve

11am-3pm Balloon Drop @ 2:30pm
Includes Admission; Hats, Noise Makers, Games, Cake & Balloon Drop. $10 Admission; $2 Admission for Non-Skaters; $3 Skate Rentals

Location: 15500 Hanover Pike, Upperco, MD 21155

More information here.

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11. Lord Calvert Bowling Center- Family New Year’s Eve Laser Lights

A family night of bowling under the laser lights including party favors. 2 hours of bowling, shoes, pizza or nachos and pitcher of soda.
Time: 10pm-1am

More information here. 

12. Noon Yards

Ring in 2021 with the Noon Yards Eve balloon drop! Family-friendly activities for kids of all ages, including trackless train rides through The Yards, inflatable moon bounces, glitter tattoo artists, balloon artistry, music, and more! The event will culminate with a countdown and celebratory balloon drop at noon to ring in the New Year!

This event is not ticketed; admission is free and open to the public. Children of all ages (and pets) are welcome to attend.

Time: 10am-1pm

Where? The Yards DC

More information here.

13. Skate Zone Carnival Countdown New Year’s Eve Party!

Join us for our Carnival Countdown New Year’s Eve Party!!! The Party Zone will be turned into a Carnival, and we will have a moon bounce on the floor from 12-4pm! Come one, come all!
First 100 paid online are guaranteed the free Carnival Gift Bag, which includes tickets to play the Carnival games!

Time: 6-10pm
Where: 1082 MD-3, Crofton, MD 21114

Click here for more info!

AND– Tot Rock-N-Roll Balloon Drop!

Monday December 27th from 10AM-noon. Admission: $6 with prizes in every balloon!

Click here for more info!

Related: 40+ FREE Things to do in Washington DC with kids


14.Ocean City New Years Eve Celebration

The Town of Ocean City will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show at Northside Park to celebrate the beginning of 2022 and the 29th Annual Winterfest of Lights. The fireworks display, which will begin promptly at midnight, will be accompanied by live entertainment, warm hot chocolate, and the opportunity to experience the Winterfest of Lights.

Click here for more info!

15. Berlin New Years Eve Celebration

Berlin, MD will have two separate New Year’s Eve celebrations. At 6PM there will be a Kids Ball Drop outside Heart of Gold Kids.

Click here for more info!

16. Liberty Mountain Resort (Carroll Valley, PA)

Close out 2021 with winter fun and join us for snow tubing at our Bubly New Year’s Eve celebration! The party includes a live DJ, sampling and giveaways from Bubly, chances to win a Soda Stream machine, and a free Bubly toast to close out the event at 7pm!

17. The Playroom at Forest Hill (Harford) Noon Years Eve

Register early so your kids can participate in the Foaming Fling Toss (throw foam at the windows), parachute flip, and a craft. Cost is $18 per child (adults FREE) for all day play (9am-3pm).

Click here for more info!

18. We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym in Forest Hill

Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Party!

Time: 11am-1pm and 2-4pm.

Cost: $25/child

They will have a balloon drop and apple juice toast!

Click here for more info!



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