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December 26, 2020

Our favorite family-friendly NOON Year’s Eve events in Tampa Bay!

By Laura Byrne, editor of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine

There are so many unique and FUN ways to ring in 2021 with a Noon Year’s Eve celebration with the kids! We’ve put together this list of some of our favorite family-friendly parties –keep in mind that you’ll need a reservation for almost every event due to limited capacity. Bring your face mask,  stay safe and have fun!

If you’re looking for a night out without the kiddos, our media partners at TampaBayDateNightGuide.com are sharing some top events here.

*We’ll continue to update this post as new events are announced. Events and dates are subject to change, but we’re all used to that by now in 2020.


Noon Year’s Eve events in Tampa Bay for kids

Downtown Countdown at Glazer Children’s Museum | Dec 31 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm (museum closes at 3pm)
Ring in the New Year at the Glazer Children’s Museum with countdowns, family play projects, and socially-distant celebrations throughout the day. You can celebrate as a family by day and still have time for evening festivities. Downtown Countdown is included with museum admission. Glazermuseum.org 

New Year’s Eve at Busch Gardens | Dec 31, two sessions: 9am-5pm or 6pm-1pm
Celebrate the new year at Busch Gardens with Elmo and take advantage of the final days of Christmas Town~ to ensure capacity is kept to a minimum, Busch Gardens if offering two different sessions for its New Year’s Eve celebration. The earlier daytime session is best for families and you can even upgrade your day with an animal encounter to leave 2020 with a unique experience! Learn more and book here.

3rd Annual Noon Year’s Eve at Armature Works | Dec 31 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm
The noon year’s eve party is back with limited capacity–so you’ll need a ticket to attend this year. The good news is, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Feeding Tampa Bay! In addition to the ticket, face masks will be required. The event on the South Lawn will feature daytime fireworks on the Hillsborough River, live music, inflatable slides, a Spheres Bubble and Magic Show, a YMCA craft corner, treats and more! Tickets for one adult and one child are $22. Additional children are $10 and additional adults are $10. You can even pick up VIP admission for $60 for one adult and child which includes VIP tables and seating, complimentary fruit juice toast, candy bar, private fireworks viewing, private restroom, gift bags and more! Additional VIP adult tickets are $30 and additional kids are $30. Learn more here.

Morris’ New Year’s Eve Celebration at Great Explorations Children’s Museum in St. Pete | Dec 31 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Ring in 2021 a little early at Great Explorations! There will be a ballon drop, dance party and other themed activities during three different time slots: 9-11 am, 12-2 pm, and 3-5 pm. This is a ticketed event, so you’ll need to book in advance. Face masks are required for guests 18 and older and strongly recommended for kids 5 years old and older. greatex.org

Pint-sized Noon Year’s Eve at Largo Central Park Performing Arts Center | Dec 31 at 10:30 am
This daytime event is designed just for kids featuring music, crafts and more! Only one parent per child is allowed to attend. The center will provide party blowers for tots to celebrate. Cost is $8 per child before December 26 and $10 after December 26. Playlargo.com  

LEGOLAND Florida: Kids’ New Year’s Eve | Dec 31
This celebration isn’t at noon, but early enough for the kiddos to celebrate with a fireworks display at 8:00 p.m. LEGOLANDflorida.com 

Urban Air Adventure Park New Year’s Eve Events | Dec 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 6-8 p.m.
Head over to New Year’s Eve at Urban Air New Tampa when they’ll be counting down to 2021! They are offering two exclusive, limited capacity events from 11AM-1PM or 6PM-8PM. Come ring in the New Year a few hours early with adventure, fun and excitement at Urban Air! For only $19.99, get Ultimate Access*, socks, noisemaker at check-in, one free popcorn or ICEE, a balloon drop and more! Tickets available at urbanairnewtampa.com *Height or Age Restrictions may apply for certain attractions.  

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Raprager Family Farms | December 31 from 6:00 pm-midnight
Enjoy the final days of Christmas lights, watch movies on the lawn, enjoy fun games and activities and more! You can ring in the new year with countdown on the 34 foot tall lighted tree starting at a 9pm for the kiddos who need to get to bed before midnight. Tickets are $15 per person. Learn more and purchase tickets here.


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