Looking for ways to ring in 2017 with the family? From First Night Raleigh to “Noon Year’s Eve” celebrations at Marbles to fireworks at the Chinese Lantern Festival, there is something for all ages to enjoy.

We’re sharing a couple of our favorite New Year’s activities happening in and around Raleigh that won’t break the bank and will leave your loved ones with lasting memories to kick off 2017.

Things to do with Kids on New Year’s Eve in & around Raleigh

First Night Raleigh 2017 – City Plaza, Raleigh

Photo courtesy of Artsplosure & First Night Raleigh

Did you know that this annual New Year’s Eve event is the state’s largest celebration?  Come out to Artsplosure’s family-friendly festival and countdown to 2017 with over 100 performances in over 35 venues located in downtown Raleigh.  From a Fantastical Ferris Wheel, a Giant Pirate Ship ride, music & dance performances, a People’s Procession, Art Putt Miniature Golf, Animal of the Hour, WRAL Countdown to Midnight and so much more. There will even be an early countdown for the kiddos, too! Cost: $10 before Dec. 31st. Tickets on site day of the event will be $14 for adults, $11 for ages 6-12 years. Kids 5 and under are free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder.  Purchase your First Night Raleigh tickets online or at these locations.  Don’t forget to download the free First Night Raleigh App to stay up to date on all performances and activities. You can also purchase your tickets on the app, too!

Family Skate into the New Year

Roll in 2017 with a NYE themed family skate night at these locations:

New Years Eve Skate Party at the United Skates of America in Raleigh with skating, pizza & favors.  New Years Eve Roll the Bean at Jellybeans in Cary.  Skate into 2017 including rolling the inside of Jellybeans with toilet paper at midnight. Skate under the stars at Downtown Raleigh Outdoor Ice Rink will be opened from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Noon Year’s Eve at Marbles Kids Museum – Raleigh

A NYE bash for the smallest of party goers starts at 11:45 a.m. at Marbles.  Ring in the “noon” year with bubble wrap fireworks and a jammin’ ball drop at this celebration.

Winter Wonderland Party at BounceU – Apex

Kids can bounce the afternoon away, enjoy pizza & drinks and make their own take-home snow. Parents are welcome to stay or drop-off. All children dropped off must be at least 4 years & potty trained. Event runs from 2:50 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Cost: $18 per child.  Register online.

NC Chinese Lantern Festival & Fireworks– Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary

Celebrate the New Years immersed in more than 20 all new light displays with over a thousand LED lights.  The festival is set to put on a spectacular NYE’s celebration with an array of cultural performances amongst its magical light displays. Including fireworks that will be happening at 9:30 p.m. over Symphony Lake.  Skip the lines and purchase your tickets online. Cost: $10 for ages 3-17 years. $15 for ages 18 years and up.  Ages 2 years and under are free.

Hap-Pea All Year Storytime at Barnes & Nobles – B&N at Crabtree Valley Mall, Triangle Town Center, Cary Commons & Streets at Southpoint.  Raleigh, Cary & Durham.

Enjoy a New Years Eve storytime with your littles.  Join B&N at 11:00 a.m. for storytime and activities as they explore the months of the year with the bestselling LMNO Peas.

Night Lights:  A Family New Year’s Eve at Morehead Planetarium – Chapel Hill

Join this family celebration from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. with engaging science activities, special planetarium shows, dance performances by StudioA, crafts & games with Kidzu Kid’s Museum, a photo booth & food trucks.  A star-studded NYE kids countdown will be happening in the GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome.  Cost: $5 per person.

New Year’s Eve Glow Zone at Skyzone – Raleigh

A NEON New Year’s Eve is awaiting you and your family.  From 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. jump and dance the night away under electrifying Black Lights to the beats of DJ Mike. Don’t forget to wear your favorite neon colored gear.  Cost: $15 for 60 minutes. $23 f0r 120 minutes.


We at Social Butterflies NC wish you a fun & safe NYE celebration!


Before you kick off 2017 have you scooped up your FREE tickets to the KidDilly Expo on Saturday, January 21st from 10am-2pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cary? Get your tickets here and come out and play with premier family-friendly businesses serving Western Wake and beyond and learn about the services and products they are offering.


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