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Dec 31 all-day

The best kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in town!

 Countdown 2 Noon – December 31st
Celebrate New Year’s Eve before nap time at Countdown 2 Noon, featuring live music, a countdown performance, and a traditional New Year’s Eve ball drop at 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. 
*Museum Open 9 a.m. and  closes at 3 p.m. 
Cost: $25 general admission, $5 members
Children under age 1 are free.
Buy online or at the Museum.
*NOTE TO MEMBERS: When purchasing tickets online, please be sure to register and/or sign in first to see the discounted price applied at checkout. If you experience issues, call 215-581-3181 to order by phone or you can purchase on the day of the event at the Museum!
Creative Arts Studio
10:00 am-2:00 pm
Centennial Classroom 1, Ground Floor 
All Ages
Drop in anytime to create works of art inspired by your visit to the Museum! Explore the crystalline structures of snowflakes and then design your own.
Creative Arts Studio
Paper Bag Party Hats
10:00 am-2:00 pm
Outside Centennial Depot, Ground Floor 
All Ages
What would a party be without a party hat? Become a fashion designer when you create your own paper bag party hat to ring in the New Year!
Pop Up Play Corner: Nifty Numbers
10:00-11:30 AM
Fairytale Garden, Ground Floor 
All Ages
Put on your imagination cap and countdown! Through play, explore numbers and throw your own New Year’s Eve party.
Family Performance
Louie Miranda & His Band
11:00-11:45 AM and 1:15 – 2:00 PM
Hamilton Hall, Floor 1 
All ages
He’s back! Louie Miranda and his band are here to help us ring in the new year. Put on your dancing shoes, get out your singing voices, and let’s celebrate!
Countdown to Storytime
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Alice In Wonderland, Ground Floor 
All Ages
Get cozy, listen to stories, sign songs, and build literacy skill with stories about the New Year, parties, and numbers.
The Ball Drop!
Countdown 2 Noon
11:45 AM & 12:45 PM
Hamilton Hall, Floor 1 
All Ages
10…9…8… Meet at the torch for the ultimate countdown!  Ball drops at 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.


Please note Countdown2Noon is a special ticketed event. No discounts apply. ACCESS card admission pricing not valid. Standard pre-purchased general admission tickets and/or complimentary passes cannot be used on this date.

Program Room: Interior Design
Jan 1 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Program Room: Interior Design

Monday 11 AM – 3 PM
Centennial Arts Studio
All Ages
Create works of art inspired by your trip to the Museum. Choose a backdrop and get to work drawing, rearranging, and designing the room of your dreams!

There’s Something Under My Bed
Jan 1 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Please Touch Playhouse: There’s Something Under My Bed

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00-11:30am & 1:00-1:30pm 
Please Touch Playhouse
All ages
There’s Something Under My Bed: Sam is three years old and learning to cope with bedtime by himself. Is there something living under his bed, or is it just the dust bunnies after all?

Tot Spot: H is for Home
Jan 1 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Tot Spot: H is for Home

 Monday 11:00-11:30 PM
Fairytale Garden
Toddler and an adult learning partner
Join in activities, songs, stories, and play specially designed to offer our youngest visitors time and space to socialize with others and strengthen early learning skills. This month, explore the words, feelings, and shapes of homes inside and out.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm
Christmas Eve: 11 am to 3 pm
New Year's Eve: 9 am to 3 pm
Thanksgiving & Christmas Day: CLOSED

Contact Information

Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park
4231 Avenue of the Republic
(formerly North Concourse Drive)
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Click here for directions.

Phone: 215-581-3181

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