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November 30, 2019

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

By Tampa Bay Parenting

*Updated Nov 29, 2019

There are so many unique and FUN ways to ring in 2020 with a Noon Year’s Eve celebration with the kids! We’ve put together this list of some of our favorite family-friendly parties and even a few evening New Year’s Eve events in Tampa Bay and beyond to help you find one that’s a perfect fit for your family!

Related: Our Favorite Winter Break Camps in Tampa Bay

Kid-Friendly NOON Year’s Eve Events in Tampa Bay! 

Noon Year’s Eve at ZooTampa | Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ring in the New Year family style at ZooTampa for a midday year-end celebration. The party includes interactive entertainment, a rockin’ DJ, a countdown to the NOON year with a kid-friendly toast and more. Noon Year’s Eve fun included with paid zoo admission or zoo membership. zootampa.org 

Related: 12 Awesome Ways to Experience ZooTampa this Winter Break with the Kids

Downtown Countdown at Glazer Children’s Museum | Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ring in 2020 at the top of every hour at Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa with fun activities all afternoon. New Year’s Eve festivities included with admission. glazermuseum.org 

New Year’s Eve at Noon: A Celebration Under the Sea at Great Explorations | Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ring in the new year with an under the sea themed celerbation featuring live entertainment, sea-themed crafts, and a fintastic balloon drop at noon! Tickets are $5 for members and $15 for non-members. greatex.org

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at Armature Works in Tampa | Dec. 31
Info TBD

Noon Year’s Day Celebration with the YMCA at the New Tampa YMCA | Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
This FREE event will allow families to celebrate the NOON year with a sparkling juice toast and balloon drop at noon! There will be plenty of activities to enjoy as well! The party will be held at the New Tampa YMCA located at 16221 Compton Drive in Tampa. Learn more here.

The Mommy Spot’s 6th Annual Noon Year’s Eve at Sparkman Wharf | Dec. 31 from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Celebrate 2020 with a sprinkle of confetti on the lawn at Sparkman Wharf! DJ Jake Dela Cruz and r. Tommy will be performing to keep little feet moving. A juice toast and snacks are included in ticket price. Advanced ticket prices are $40 for a Family Pack with 2 adults and 2 kids. Prices vary depending on how many people plan to attend. VIP ticket options with swag bags are also available for purchase. eventbrite.com

Rockin’ Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at We Rock the Spectrum in Brandon | Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
This 3rd annual noon year’s eve balloon drop will include plenty of family-friendly fun like crafts, open gym, yummy snacks and event day specials. Tickets are $12. You can buy at the door or call ahead and purchase at 813-571-1600.

Noon Year’s Eve at Altitude Trampoline Park in Tampa | Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The third annual Noon Year’s Eve event will feature jump time, a slice of pizza, games, giveaways, and a balloon drop at NOON! Tickets are limited. Call 813-399-1529 to reserve your spot today! altitudetampa.com

More Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve events in Tampa Bay and beyond:

New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld Orlando | Dec. 31
Celebrate the New Year with all of your favorite sea friends at Sea World Orlando. Enjoy a musical celebration as well as a bold fireworks display that will welcome in the New Year to come. Enjoy holiday entertainment throughout the park before, during, and after the fireworks and be sure to enjoy craft beer and tasty bites. seaworld.com

First Night St. Petersburg | Dec. 31, 4 p.m. to midnight
Don’t miss the largest family friendly New Year’s Eve Event in Florida at North Straub Park. Enjoy music, drama, games, comedy, lights, dance, bubbles, fireworks and more. This event will be a Celebration of the Arts in Florida and First Night St. Pete will be celebrating their 27th anniversary of bringing the city of St. Pete Art in Unexpected Places. firstnightstpete.com

Light it Up! Clearwater  | Dec. 31, midnight
Participate in Clearwater Beach’s Annual Fireworks Celebration on New Year’s Eve. Relax on the beach, enjoy the sunset, if you choose to head over early, enjoy delicious food from any local eatery. Let the kids stay up late; Light it Up! Was voted one of the top five kid friendly events to ring in the New Year by U.S. News Travel. lightitupclearwater.com

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise | Dec. 31, 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Ring in the New Year on the Hillsborough River with a one-hour cruise full of champagne, party goodies, and the best views of Downtown Tampa and the fireworks! All ages are welcome to attend, be sure to book your tickets in advance to guarantee your spot! piratewatertaxi.com

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Busch Gardens | Dec. 31, until 1 a.m.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with friends and family and indulge in some excitement, too, at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Enjoy thrill rides in the dark, jam to music throughout the park, and catch the fireworks show in Gwazi Park after the park-wide countdown. Admission is included with paid admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. buschgardenstampa.com

Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade | Dec. 31, Starts at 5:30 p.m.
Head over to Ybor City for The Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade, perfect for the entire family. This event will feature fifteen high school bands and two college bands from the teams in the bowl game along with a number of floats. The parade will make its way down 7th Avenue from 20th Street to 14th Street where college bands and cheerleaders will lead a pep rally. outbackbowl.com

Disney Countdown to Midnight: A New Year’s Eve Celebration | Dec. 31, 8 p.m.
Reserve your spot and make your way to Disney’s Contemporary Resort to ring in the New Year at this extraordinary soiree. Start the night in the Fantasia Ballroom where guests can enjoy drinks, dancing, and a DJ. Then enjoy culinary masterpieces from restaurants such as California Grill, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Narcoossee’s and Tiffins. Enjoy a walk outside to the Porte Cochere to enjoy a glass of champagne as the New Year’s Eve fireworks lights up the sky from Magic Kingdom Park. disneyworld.com

Grand Glow’s NYE Prohibition Ball | Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Ring in the New Year at The Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach at The Grand Glow Prohibition Ball. Enjoy food, drinks, and live music from the The Black Honkeys. This event is family friendly for ages 13 and up. There is a separate NYE Kids Bash for ages 12 and under that can be added onto your main ticket purchase. Details at eventbrite.com

Swingin The New Year | Dec. 31, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Put on your flapper dress and bring in the 20s at St. Petersburg Coliseum for their 12th annual event! All ages are welcome to join in this swinging good time. Dress to impress: New Years and vintage attire is encouraged! For more information visit newyearswing.com

When you want to leave the littles at home:

Armature Works New Year’s Eve 2020 | Dec. 31, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Join Armature Works for their 2020 NYE Gala, this year’s most exclusive New Year’s Eve Party. The event will take place at The Gathering inside Armature Works and will host a live band and DJ, a top shelf open bar, late night hors d’oeuvres, plus champagne with a midnight toast. When the clock strikes midnight, head to the lawn to catch the best fireworks display in the city with downtown Tampa in the distance. For tickets visit: nyeaw.com

Eve, at Universal CityWalk | Dec. 31, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Party on over to Universal CityWalk for a jaw-dropping event to celebrate the New Year. Enjoy food and signature drinks while you pop in and out of six CityWalk clubs featuring live bands and DJs as well as dancing the night away on Orlando’s biggest outdoor dance floor. This event is 21+ only with proof of a valid ID. universalorlando.com


Keep you eye out for updates on these great events from 2018:

*We will update as this year’s information becomes available.

New Year’s Eve at Noon at Great Explorations Children’s Museum | Dec. 31, 10am-2pm
Celebrate New Year’s traditions from around the world with Great Explorations with a balloon drop at NOON to ring in 2019!The museum will be closed for regular business on this day to make way for this special event! Tickets are $5 for members and $15 for non-members. Children under 12 months old get in for free. Be sure to purchase tickets before they sell out!

Kids’ Noon Year’s Even Balloon Drop at Armature Works | Dec. 31 at 10am-1pm
Join Armature Works in the courtyard for a Noon Year’s Eve bash featuring Spheres Bubble and Magic Show and a big balloon drop when the clock strikes NOON! This family-friendly event is free to attend.

5th Annual Noon Year’s Eve with The Mommy Spot Tampa Bay and Sparkman Wharf | 10am-12pm
Celebrate 2019 at the NEW Sparkman Wharf and your friends with the Mommy Spot Tampa Bay. Musical guests include Mr. Tommy and DJ Jake De La Cruz. There will be a confetti launch at noon! Dads are welcome too! Children one and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased at mommyspottampa.com.

Noon Year’s Eve at My Gym in Brandon and in Tampa | times vary by location
Check in with your local My Gym in Tampa or My Gym in Brandon for a special Noon Year’s Eve celebration! Space is limited, so be sure to sign up in advance!

Fireworks at Armature Works – December 31st, 8:00pm – 1:00am (Heights Public Market and Front Lawn)
Armature Works is hosting its first annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display and live concert event to ring in 2019. This event is free, family-friendly, open to the public and will feature a breath-taking fireworks display to ring in the New Year. Event attendees can view fireworks from our South and West Lawns, nestled along the banks of the Hillsborough river, with beautiful downtown Tampa as the backdrop. Beginning at 8:00pm, the J.J. Taylor and Cigar City outdoor stage will feature live music by Garage/Soul/Psychedelic outfit, the Sh-Booms, with local support from DJ Sam. Outside bars will be available for easy ordering access in addition to the 14 food and drink vendors within Heights Public Market. All Heights Public Market vendors will be open until 1:00am.

Ring in the New Year at LEGOLAND Florida | Dec. 26-31 
Head over to LEGOLAND Florida Resort and enjoy the holiday décor after Christmas and ring in the New Year at the Kid’s New Year’s Party featuring nightly fireworks, dance parties, building activities, and more. On New Year’s Eve enjoy a brick drop at a kid-friendly hour: 7 p.m. legolandflorida.com 

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