New Year’s Noon: 5 Family-Friendly Ways to Ring in 2017

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Partying ’til dawn in houses with kids usually means that someone is either teething or has the stomach bug. And to be honest, a late night New Year’s Eve bash is just about as appealing as either of those options for most of us. So instead of ringing in 2017 with rings under our eyes, why not pop open the sparkling cider and rock the drop—kiddie-style—at one of the family friendly celebrations below?


Photo: Fernbank Museum of Natural History via Facebook

Fernbank Museum of Natural History Dino Drop
Want to know the real reason the dinosaurs are extinct? You’ll have to head to Fernbank’s Noon Year’s Eve party to find out, but it might have something to do with a balloon drop, a bubble show, live music, and a kiddy dance party. Free with admission ($18 per adult, $16 per child) from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Rd. NE
Atlanta, Ga 30307


Photo: Children’s Museum of Atlanta via Facebook

Children’s Museum of Atlanta Bubble Bash
Instead of counting down to midnight, take your littles to the Children’s Museum to count down to noon on Saturday, December 31st. Pint-sized revelers will celebrate with dancing, bubble wrap fireworks, a count-down, and bubbly surprises. Free with admission ($23 per person at the door, $18 in advance) at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Reservations are encouraged.

Children’s Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr.
Atlanta, Ga 30303


Photo: Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta via Facebook

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Noon Year’s Eve
Think nothing could divert your kiddo’s attention while engrossed in the lego bin at Legoland? Think again. At noon on December 31st, ring in 2017 with a balloon drop, prize giveaways, and a group build that’s sure to spark a serious Lego phase. Free with admission (starting at $15.95, kids under 2 free) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Legoland Discovery Center
3500 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, Ga 30326


Photo: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl via Facebook

Chick-fil-A Bowl Parade and FanFest
You don’t have to have a houseful of fans to load up the car and head downtown to take part in the events surrounding the Chick-fil-A Bowl this New Year’s Eve. With both an extravagant parade (Cheerleaders! Mascots! Marching Bands!) and a designated FanFest destination (Rock climbing! Obstacle course! Pep Rally!), everyone will have a blast. Admission to the parade at 8 a.m. is free, and tickets to FanFest are $15 without a game ticket (kids under 5 are free).

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and FanFest
Georgia World Congress Center
Andrew Young International Blvd. and Marietta St.
Atlanta, Ga 30313


Photo: Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament via Facebook

Medieval Times New Year’s Extravaganza
It might not be worth staying up late with the kids to ring in 2017 in your living room, add a couple of knights, damsels, horses, and epic battles (not too hard if you’re parents of preschoolers) and all of a sudden it’s a great idea. Stay up late for the 9:30 p.m. show, complete with a balloon drop at midnight and champagne for the grown-ups, or try one of the regular shows on the 31st at 2:30 for Junior Knight Training followed by the 3 p.m. show, instead. Admission is $54.95 for adults and $36.95 for children ages 12 & under.

Medieval Times
5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy.
Lawrenceville, Ga, 30043

How will you ring in 2017? Will you celebrate with your kids? Tell us about it below!

—Shelley Massey