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New Year’s Eve Miami Family Guide

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New Year’s Eve Miami Family Guide Intro

The end of the year is near! Time has definitely escaped us this year and we are approaching the time to reflect, make new resolutions, and party all night long to welcome the New Year.

There are many of us who love going out and celebrating the night, but there are also many of us who rather stay in the comfort of our own home to bring in the New Year. If you’re stuck with not knowing where to take your family or simply need some creative ideas to do while at home, no worries, we are here to help with some New Year’s Eve ideas for families!

Family Party Ideas

Staying home on New Year’s doesn’t have to be boring when you have creative ways to make the evening special!

Toast to the New Year with a tasty mocktail! Create a signature cocktail and mocktail for the kids. Give it a long and important sounding name and drink it in your fanciest glassware to toast the New Year!

Try out this yummy Sparkling ‘Champagne’ Mocktail and learn how to do it here!

Family Slumber Party!

Netflix and popcorn are your slumber party hosts! Select a movie that the family can agree on and bring on all the snacks… including the popcorn of course.

Pick up a deck of cards or break out the board games. If you’re feeling like cooking one of your family favorite meals, have a candlelight dinner in the living room before movie time. Spread pillows and sleeping bags or blankets on the floor and let the whole family camp out for the night to bring in the New Year!

Homemade Party Supplies

What’s a New Year’s Eve party without proper hats, noisemakers, poppers, and confetti?! Get the kids involved in making these fun accoutrements for your at-home celebration and have everything ready and waiting when the clock strikes 12!

Click here, here and here for party supplies ideas!


Countdown Bags

A fun family activity to count down to the New Year is simply filling bags with ideas to do every hour leading up to the big event. At the designated hour, have your child open up the bag to reveal the task inside. Some bag filler ideas can be treats to eat, disposable cameras, new movies to watch, craft kits, noisemakers, confetti, games, etc.!

Click here to get more ideas of what to add to each bag!

Good Luck Grapes

So just like any Spanish family in South Florida, we love to eat grapes at midnight for good luck! Thread 12 grapes on a skewer for each guest and serve them in a tall champagne flute. For each grape you eat, make a resolution! It can be a new tradition if you don’t have it as one already!

New Year’s Eve BINGO!

Print a free New Year’s Eve BINGO game that you can play with your family while you wait for the ball to drop on TV. This will definitely keep you busy as you enjoy the famous Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on TV.

Click here to print your BINGO cards.

Local Events

Looking for family-friendly events in Miami to bring in the New Year? Below you’ll find traditional events Miami hosts for the night!

NYE at Bayfront Park

Every year, the city of Miami rings in the New Year with fireworks over the ocean. Bringing the family together to celebrate with Mr. 305 aka Pitbull will give you the most out of South Floridian New Year’s Eve celebration!

Bayfront Park makes it a two day celebration and will be overtaken with food, fireworks, and Pitbull himself leading the countdown.

Wednesday, December 30th 4PM – 9PM and Thursday, December 31st 4PM – 1:30AM
Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd.

It’s free for the public to enjoy the celebration, but tickets for the food and wine portion start at $45. For more information on food and wine fest, click here!

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at Miami Children’s Museum

For the kiddos who can’t make it to midnight, this Miami Children’s Museum shindig is a perfect alternative. The main hall of the museum will be transformed into Times Square (except a lot warmer, merrier, and filled with holiday cheer!). There will be a countdown, arts and crafts, a performance by the MCM Players, an apple juice toast, confetti cannons, and a MCM ball drop.

Date: Thursday, December 31st
Time: 10:30AM
Location: Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway.

  • $18 for adults and children
  • $14 for Florida residents
  • FREE for children under 1 and MCM members

Happy New Year 2017!

Happy New Year from the best aquarium in Miami, Miami Seaquarium! We would like to thank our park visitors for coming and may 2017 be a year of fun and happiness! We hope to see you soon!