- Kelly Sundstrom For the AJC
Celebrating New Year's Eve with the family doesn't mean that you have to drag your children to a grown-up-themed party with drinking.
In fact, you'll find many ways to celebrate the start of 2018 with kids in tow throughout Georgia. From early celebrations to family-friendly evening events, you won't have to worry about doing damage control with your children after one of these more wholesome celebrations.
New Year's Eve at The Battery. 5:30-8 p.m. for kids, 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. for adults. Sunday, Dec. 31. Free. The Battery ATL. 800 Battery Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-494-1150. www.batteryatl.com.
Arrive early at The Battery and you'll find a New Year's event the whole family can enjoy. Before 8 p.m., guests will enjoy live music, performances by The Home Depot Tools, The Heavy Hitters, Panfilov Trained Pets, James Maltman Circus Acts and DJ Rekka, along with ice skating, Hope & Will's Sandlot, giveaways and more.
Noon Year's Eve at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. $8 for members, $20 for non-members. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. www.fernbankmuseum.org.
Fernbank hosts an early Noon Year's Eve for children with a balloon drop countdown, music, party favors, Resolution Station, a visit from the Georgia Bubbleman and a day filled with kid-friendly excitement about the turning of the year.
Helen's 5th Annual Dropping of the Edelweiss. 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 6 to 12, free for children under 6. 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen. 706-878-1908. www.helenchamber.com.
Visit Helen for New Year's Eve for the city's Annual Dropping of the Edelweiss, a family-friendly evening of live music, dancing, delicious food, and, of course, watching the Edelweiss drop, all while surrounded by the ambiance of a fairy tale alpine village.
Kids Early New Year's Eve Celebration at Stone Mountain Park. 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. Included with Christmas Adventure Pass. Stone Mountain Park. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 800-401-2407. www.stonemountainpark.com.
For a New Year's bash like no other, join the other Christmas Adventure guests for a celebration that includes fireworks, a visit from the Snow Angel, festival snowfall, music, costumed characters and dance-a-longs.
The Tallapoosa Possum Drop. 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. Free. 129 B Head Ave., Tallapoosa. 770-328-0329. www.thepossumdrop.com.
Experience a New Year's event that will leave you speechless at the Tallapoosa Possum Drop. At this traditional event, guests will watch Spencer, the stuffed possum, make his decent to ring in the new year, and will enjoy live music, a Kid Zone, fireworks, crowning of the Possum King and Queen, souvenirs and more.
Noon Year's Eve Celebration at LEGOLand Discovery Center. Balloons drop at noon. Sunday, Dec. 31. Included with admission. 3500 Peachtree Road NE G-1, Atlanta. 404-848-9252. www.atlanta.legolanddiscoverycenter.com.
The LEGOLand Discovery Center will throw a Noon Year's Eve party to allow children and families a chance to celebrate early. This year's event will feature a balloon drop with over 600 balloons, a "2018' group LEGO build that will be displayed throughout the year and a complimentary Noon Year's trinket to keep.
7th Annual McDonough Geranium Drop. 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. Free. Downtown McDonough Square. 5 Griffin St., McDonough. 770-898-3196. www.visitmcdonoughga.com.
Come on down to the Historic McDonough Square for a family-friendly evening filled with live music, food, dancing and watching the giant geranium drop to celebrate the start of 2018.
The Children's Museum of Atlanta New Year's Bubble Bash. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. $8 for members, $18 for non-members, free for babies under 1 year, advanced ticket purchase required. Children's Museum of Atlanta. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, Atlanta. 404-659-5437. www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
Purchase your tickets early. This popular event features a dance party, bubble-wrap firecrackers, a visit from special guests, kids activities and more.
Marietta Square New Year's Eve Party. 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. Historic Marietta Square. East Park Square, Marietta. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.winterwonderlandmarietta.com.
Join the rest of your community at the Historic Marietta Square for an evening filled with family-friendly activities, face painting, the Herd of Cows, food trucks while you wait for the stroke of midnight.