Kids won't be left out of the New Year's Eve fun, with several attractions hosting more bedtime-friendly "noon year's eve" parties and kid-centric celebrations.
And if you aren't above fooling the kids (and admit, you are not) Netflix offers fake countdowns that will fool the littlest party animals into thinking it's midnight and time for bed.
If you are looking for some family friendly ways to celebrate the new year, here are several local options:
First Night St. Petersburg: This alcohol-free celebration in downtown St. Petersburg starts 4 p.m. in Straub Park at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE with live music, art and entertainment at more than 25 venues. Activities include a drum circle, a Human Foosball Court, banyan tree climbing, a Resolution Bonfire and a Glice Skating Rink. It's free to wander around, but you need a button ($15, $10 ages 6-12) for activities and to enter venues. firstnightstpete.com.
New Year's Eve Skate: Astro Skate in Pinellas Park will ring in the New Year with a family friendly skating party starting at 8:30 p.m. including music, games and a balloon drop at midnight. The party ends at 1 a.m. You can also attend the party and return on New Year's Day for $1 skating. Admission is $10, parents free. (727) 546-0018.
New Year's Eve at Celebration Station: You can have unlimited go-karts, bumper boats, miniature golf, a pizza buffet and video gaming at an overnight party at Clearwater's Celebration Station from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. celebrationstation.com.
Noon Year's Eve parties:
• The Lowry Park Zoo will count down to noon with games, arts and crafts, live entertainment and educational displays. Kids get to blow noisemakers, wear hats and toast with juice. Included with regular zoo admission: $29.95, $27.95 seniors, $22.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free at 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa
• Great Explorations will have a dance party and parade around the museum starting at 10 a.m. before counting down to the noon balloon drop. Included with regular admission: $10, $9 seniors, one and younger free at 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8992.
• Glazer Children's Museum will start at noon and the top of every hour until 5 p.m. will feature a kid-friendly New Year's Eve celebration with balloon drops, party hats and noisemakers. Included with admission: $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, under 1 free at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861.
• Dancing, entertainment, refreshments and a champagne toast at noon is $3 at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. (727) 518-3131.
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