New Years is a great time to recollect on another year and think about changes in the next year. We celebrate by staying up until the New Year is officially here. But, what about your children? Is New Years just another day of the year for them because they can’t celebrate like you? We have put together a list of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your children and even ways to celebrate the first day of the year.
New Year’s Eve
There are some great parties going on during the day, but we also have child-friendly options for staying up late.
Noon Year’s Eve at the Children’s Museum of the Upstate Spartanburg – 9 am – 2:30 pm – There are so many fun things planned to help you and your children celebrate the New Year. From making confetti shooters and fireworks in a jar to painting and dancing to live music, TCMU Spartanburg has the last day of your year slated to be one of the best. Wear your pajamas and don’t miss this fun celebration. This event is free with museum admission.
New Year’s Eve Craft Party at Kidcreate – 9 am – 12:00 pm – Drop your kids off at Kidcreate Studios and let them create all they will need to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
Noon Year’s Eve Party at Five Forks Library – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Do you want to let your kids enjoy the excitement of the ball drop without staying up until midnight? The Five Forks Branch library will have a Noon Year’s Eve party complete with games and crafts. At noon, they will have a balloon drop! This is for children 5-11. Email [email protected] or call 234-4904 for more information. FREE.
Kid’s Lock-In – 8 pm – 8 am – Take your children to Revolution Marial Arts for pizza, ice cream, a movie, popcorn, games and a sleepover ending with breakfast! This is for children 6 to 13. Register as soon as you can.
D&B Greenville Family New Year’s Eve Party – 5 – 8 pm – Come to Dave & Bruster’s celebration designed for your family. The Fun Package includes an appetizer buffet, unlimited drinks, dessert and power card. The LOL Fun Package adds unlimited video game play. There will also be a video ball drop.
Upstate Holiday Light Show – 5:45 – 10:00 pm – New Year’s Eve is the last night to take the family to see this spectacular, drive-through light show.
New Years Day
The holidays are over and your children may be feeling stir-crazy. Take the family to Denny’s, IHOP, Waffle House, or Cracker Barrel to get some good breakfast. (Yup, they’re open!) Then, go have some fun with some of these ideas.
Go ice skating!
Skating on the Square – 11 am – 10 pm – Get outside and skate at Spartanburg’s open-air ice rink at Morgan Square. Cost is $10 and includes skate rental.
Croft State Park – 9 am – Meet the ranger at the Activity Center Kiosk and enjoy the 1.5 mile nature trail. No registration needed. Park admission is $2 an adult and free for under 15.
Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site – 10 am – Add a touch of history to the first day of the year! Meet at the Brick Kitchen House and take the short nature trail while the park ranger discusses cultural and historical aspects of this historic site. After the trail, take a tour of the mansion. Free park admission.
Musgrove Mill State Historic Site – 9:45 am and 12:45 pm – Meet the ranger at the Visitors Center at 9:45 to take the Battlefield Trail. If you need to take a stroller, meet the ranger at 12:45 to take a 1/4 mile, accessible trail and hear the legend of Horshoe Falls. No pets allowed. Call 864.938.0100 to register. Free park admission.
Paris Mountain State Park – 2 pm and 4 pm – Be sure to register as soon as possible for this easy trail around Lake Placid. Meet at the Park Center. Park admission is $5 an adult, $3 a child, and free for under 5.
Lake Lure New Year’s Day Polar Plunge – 12 pm – Join about 1000 others as you run into Lake Lure! Registration is $20 and benefits Lake Lure Fire & Rescue and Hickory Nut Gorge EMS. You will even get a commemorative beanie!
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