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Family and Kid Friendly Noon & New Year’s Eve Events Around Tampa Bay

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There are many places where you can spend New Year’s Eve with your family around the Tampa Bay Area! Some families like to stay home and watch the fireworks on T.V. While others like to welcome the New Year with local events.

Below you will find our top picks for NOON and New Year’s themed events at family-friendly attractions and locations.



1. Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Drop for Kids at Armature Works

Dec. 31st, 11 am – 3 pm, 1910 N Ola Avenue,
Tampa, FL 33602 United States


Join Armature Works for a special, early New Year’s Eve celebration for kids. The event kicks off at 11:00am on the Armature Works South + West Lawns and will feature and features a countdown to noon with a colorful daytime smoke fireworks display, bounce houses, face painting, crafts, an interactive DJ and roaming entertainment on the Pier.

This event is free and open to the public.

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2. Downtown Countdown at Glazer Children’s Museum

Dec. 31, 9:30 am– 3 pm


Ring in the New Year at the Glazer Children’s Museum with countdowns, Family Play Projects, and celebrations throughout the day on New Year’s Eve. Celebrate with countries around the world with balloon drops on the hour! You can celebrate as a family by day and still have time for evening festivities. Downtown Countdown is included with museum admission.

Please note: GCM closes at 3pm on New Year’s Eve.

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3. Noon Year’s Eve at ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Dec.31, 1o am to 4 pm

Ring in the New Year at ZooTampa at Lowry Park during our New Year Celebration in the Africa Circle. Enjoy a countdown every hour from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, featuring festive foods, live DJ, kid-friendly activities, and fun giveaways.

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4. Annual Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Drop at We Rock the Spectrum Tampa!

December 31 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

1076 East Brandon Boulevard #102
Brandon,FL 33511 United States

Our Annual Noon Years Eve Balloon Drop is almost HERE!
We are EXCITED to countdown to NOON with you! Enjoy arts and crafts, open gym, snacks, event day specials, and our BALLOON DROP. Don’t miss out! All Ages are Welcome!
Tickets are $20.00 per child and can be purchased by calling the gym at (813) 571-1600 or at the door on 12/31. We will also be having our annual New Year’s Eve SALE on our play passes and memberships.

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5. New Year’s at Noon at the Great Explorations Children’s Museum

Dec. 31, 10:30 am-2 pm


‘Join us for a magical and kid-friendly New Year’s Eve event on Sunday, December 31st, from 10:30 am to 2 pm. Say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one with joy, laughter, and lots of sparkles!

Get ready for the most epic confetti drop ever! Watch as the museum comes alive with a cascade of colors at the stroke of noon. It’s a spectacle your little ones won’t want to miss! Dress to impress in your most dazzling and sparkly outfits! Whether it’s glittery dresses, shiny suits, or festive accessories, let your style shine as bright as the New Year.

Ticket Prices:

Members: $12 per person

Non-Members: $18 per person

See you there, ready to welcome 2024 with a burst of confetti and endless smiles!

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Noon Years Eve at Great Explorations Museum



6. New Year’s at Noon! at We Rock the Spectrum – Clearwater

December 31 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us in celebration of the New Year! On December 31st from 11am-1pm, we will have playtime, glow room, face painting, arts & crafts, and games! At noon we will have a countdown and a balloon drop to ring in 2024. Space is limited, please book on the app or call 727-240-1785 to reserve a space

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7. Noon Years Eve Family Skate at Skateworld Tampa

December 31 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Bring the kids and ring in the new year EARLY at our Noon Years Eve Skate Party!

Complete with balloon drop at noon, party favors, games, dancing with characters and more!

Admission: $15 includes regular skate rental, slice of pizza, small soda, and party favors

Special Family 4 NYE Deal $50 for 4 admissions, 4 skate rentals, 1 whole pizza and pitcher of soda when you purchase in advance! Give us a call at 813-884-7688 to reserve your family to secure your spot in this awesome event!

*all patrons ages 2-17 must pay admission to enter*

to guarantee admission purchase your tickets in advance Click Here

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8. Dave & Busters Family New Years Eve

Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 4:00pm
Dave and Buster’s – Tampa/Brandon (map)
10209 Estuary Lakes Dr., Tampa FL 33619

There’s only one way to end the year & start another — with FUN. New Years Eve at Dave & Buster’s is the place to be, with unforgettable entertainment, incredible bites worthy of being the last meal of the year, and OH — did we mention Unlimited Video Game Play ALL night long. Plus enjoy an all-ages ginger ale toast accompanied by a special video countdown.

Grab tickets for the whole fam and come through for a New Years Eve celebration that’s as fun as can be (and will have you home before midnight, we promise!)

Celebration Admission includes: Access to our yummy appetizer banquet, unlimited soda, coffee, & tea, a $20 Power Card® with Unlimited Video Game Play, a special Ginger Ale New Year’s Eve toast & video countdown.

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9. UTC’s Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Party

December 31 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL 34243 United States

9 pm is the new midnight ⏰ ring in 2024 early at our family-friendly celebration from 7-9 pm. partygoers of all ages can celebrate with music, face painting, games and entertainment on the green at utc. the festivities will conclude at 9 pm with a fireworks show – the last one of the season 🎆
make it a night to remember with carriage rides, ice skating, holiday light shows and dinner at one of the great spots at utc🥂 click here for more details: https://fb.me/e/1gOnLkvGL


Local Community Evening New Year’s Eve Events 

1. NYE on the Pier

600 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Event Starts at 8pm until 12:30am

Ring in the new year on the St. Pete Pier with the area’s biggest fireworks show sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg.  Enjoy Live DJ’s on our main stage equipped with an LED wall, lights, and a giant disco ball that will light up the night! 

Also enjoy food vendors, games, and of course a full and champagne bar for your midnight toasts!  NYE on the Pier is a free event, there are no tickets necessary to enter.  

​Experience NYE on the Pier on Spa Beach Park.  While the main activities and programming is located on Spa Beach Park, the City of St Petersburg’s fireworks are visible from all areas of the Pier and Downtown Waterfront. 

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2. Light up the Lagoon

31885 Overpass Rd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33545

9 pm-12:15 am on December 31st.

Ring in the New Year with us at the Lagoon! Purchase dinner from our specialty menu, dance all evening with our Live DJ and end the night with spectacular fireworks show.


  • Live DJ Starting at 9 pm
  • Activities & Crafts for Kids
  • Midnight Fireworks Show

Tickets for the New Year’s Eve Party are $10 per person and include entry to the Lagoon beginning at 9 pm, bounce houses, kids crafts* and festive gear* all while enjoying music from a live DJ.

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3. Light it Up! Clearwater

Dec. 31, Fireworks at Midnight

Welcome to Light It Up Clearwater! Come and join us on New Year’s Eve, relax with your toes in the sand, watch one of our world-famous sunsets, grab a bite to eat and then ring in the New Year with Fireworks at midnight!  All compliments of AMPLIFY Clearwater and its wonderful sponsors.  Named as a one of the Top Five kid-friendly places to ring in the New Year, by U.S. News Travel, it’s sure to be a celebration the whole family will enjoy!

This year’s fireworks display will take place on the most northern part of Sand Key Park (but Sand Key Park will be closed to the public). Best viewing area is the southern part of Clearwater Beach but the fireworks will be visible along the beach.




4. First Night St. Petersburg

Dec. 31st, 4 PM – 8 PM

First Night St Petersburg is the largest family-friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Arts in Florida and each year, we bring downtown St Petersburg Art in Unexpected Places.   This year First Night is celebrating 30 years with ART IN THE PARK- in North Straub. The park will be filled with music, dance, a tiny theatre for improv, a Literary village thanks to the Story Garden, dance, sign along songs with Mr Brad and so much more! As always it is family oriented and geared towards art enthusiasts of all ages.
Celebration of the arts will return this year for our official 30th annual event and will be held in North Straub Park from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m



5. Fireworks at Armature Works

December 31st, 8:00pm – 12:30 am,1910 N Ola Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602

Heading into the evening, have your best meal of the year from your favorite stalls in Heights Public Market or indulge in some of the evening specials at Steelbach or Oak and Ola. Make your reservations soon, as both are expected to be fully booked.

At 8pm, Pied Piper presents New Year’s Eve with Marshmello on the Pier, an unforgettable evening under the stars with stunning views of the Tampa skyline. Party all night with the grammy-nominated artist and his support, Justin Bieber’s tour DJ Tay James. VIP, GA and all-inclusive tickets are available now.

Or choose to experience the beats up on the rooftop at M.Bird, where bird’s-eye view tables are available to reserve now.

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6. New Year’s Eve Parade & Big Storm Pep Rally (formerly Outback Bowl)

Dec. 31st, 5:30 p.m.

Tampa’s historic Ybor City Latin District is host of the popular ReliaQuest Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade. Fans will enjoy High School Marching Bands from across the country along with floats and the participating college bands and cheerleaders as they march down 7th avenue. Stay for the Big Storm Brewing Pep Rally at the end of the parade route then stop by Big Storm Brewery and the many restaurants and night spots throughout Ybor and Downtown Tampa. The Parade steps off at 5:30 p.m.

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7. New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise

December 31, 2019 @ 11:30 pm – January 1, 2020 @ 12:30 am

Pirate Water Taxi, Tampa RiverWalk (near the Tampa Convention Center and Sail Pavilion)
Tampa,FL33602 United States

Ring in the New Year on the water with a view of Tampa’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks show! This 1-hour cruise includes champagne and prime viewing of Downtown Tampa’s fireworks. All ages welcome, but you must be 21+ with valid ID to drink. Book your tickets in advance to ensure availability!

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Theme Park New Year’s Eve Events 


1. New Year’s Eve Celebration at Busch Gardens

Dec. 31st, Open until 1 a.m. on Jan 1st.
You can join Busch Gardens for an awesome New Year’s Eve celebration with thrill rides, live music throughout the park, and fireworks at Gwazi Field! Dive in the dark on Falcon’s Fury and join in on a park-wide countdown to the New Year on December 31. Included with paid admission. buschgardenstampa.com

Photo Credit: Busch Gardens

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2. Ring in the New Year at LEGOLAND Florida, Dec. 31st, 10 am-8pm

Enjoy a fun day of New Years Eve at LEGOLAND Florida in Orlando. Kids can countdown with a DJ dance party, giant LEGO brick drop and fireworks. Following the brick drop and fireworks at 8 p.m.Included with admission. legolandflorida.com 

3. New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld Orlando, Dec. 31st (All Day)

Visit SeaWorld for an exciting day of rides, entertainment, music and fireworks at Midnight. New Year with all of your favorite sea friends at Sea World Orlando.Included in admission. seaworld.com 


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