Remember when you and your significant other partied into the wee hours as you watched the ball drop, the fireworks explode, and you welcomed in a new year? While that might seem a lifetime ago, and because parents age in dog years it was, new traditions spent with little ones can be just as fun. Really.

If tricking them into believing they stayed up late via Netflix isn’t your favorite idea, why not try one of these great local options?

1. Noon Year’s Eve @ Zoo

Palm Beach Zoo | 9AM-1PM| Included with admission| Details

Why you should go: Countdown with the critters, ball drop, festive dance party at the fountain. PLUS, did someone say “Sparkling” Gummy Bear toast?

2. Noon Year’s Eve Celebration @ WRTS

We Rock the Spectrum | 10AM-2PM| Included with admission (or pass) | Details

Why you should go: You’ve got a countdown, balloon drop, juice toast, and a firework art project and no reservation needed! It’s just all part of a regular Open Play.

3. Noon Year’s Eve Junior

Mandel Library | 11AM-12PM| Free, ages 2-5 | Details

Why you should go: You are closer to West Palm than Jupiter and you’ve got a little one that’s the perfect age and you’ve been dying to check out the 3rd floor Kidspace. Get there early to sign in.

4. Noon Year’s Eve Celebration @ Downtown Gardens

Downtown at the Gardens | 11AM-1PM| Free | Details

Why you should go: Free crafts, free face painting, free activities, a balloon artist and a grape juice toast when the click strikes Noon!

5. Noon Year’s Eve @ South Florida Science Center

South Florida Science Center | 11AM-1PM | Included with admission | Details

Why you should go: Live science demos, DIY confetti launchers, music, dancing and DRY ICE APPLE CIDER TOAST when the click strikes Noon.

6. Holiday in Paradise & Sandi Land

West Palm Beach Waterfront  | 10AM-10PM | Free | Details

Why you should go: Someone you’ve managed to make it all the way to December 31 without seeing the world’s ONLY 700 ton sand tree. This will be the last day/night for Sandi and her friends so what’s stopping you? There’s also Glow FORE it mini golf and SnowieVille to check out while you are there.

Looking for grown up options? Check out this post from our friends over at Meyer Lucas Real Estate. 

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