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Free Daytime Activities!

Join us from 2:00-6:00pm on New Year’s Eve for the new Children’s Celebration! Learn a new hobby for the new year with our hands-on workshops and watch performances with rising stars from the Triangle. There is fun for everyone at the Children’s Celebration!


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2019 Schedule


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Daytime Activities

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Performances and activities are on Bicentennial Plaza, inside the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Children 5 years old and under are permitted free when accompanied by a pass-wearing adult. Scroll down to learn more!

Early Countdown to Midnight

People’s Procession & Early Countdown

7:00 pm
What a perfect way to end our daytime Children’s Celebration! Don’t worry about keeping the kids out too late to ring in the new year – they can enjoy all of the excitement early in the evening. Join Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba as we drop the famous acorn and set off fireworks at 7:00 pm.

Yellow star wand with wooden flowers scattered around it

Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Acorn Drop Wands In Raleigh

NC Association of Black Storytellers posing for a group photo in a museum

Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – African Story Telling

Cartoon underwater world with fish, plants, island

Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Cartoon Island & Leis in the Polynesian Islands

Little kid with a crown in front of a brick wall

Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Crowns in England

depika Bhatt henna tatoos

Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Henna in India

Beauty colorful lantern made from recycling material.

Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Lanterns in Switzerland

Colorful Party Favors

Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Noisemakers in Scotland

Colorful many origami paper cranes on wooden background

Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Oragami in Japan

Dancing skeletons in the floral garden.

Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Prosperity Candles in Mexico

Handmade New Year Resolution Ornaments

Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Resolution Ornaments in Italy

Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Scottish Dancers

Hand holding 2 lit sparklers against dark background

Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Sparklers in Hungary

Illsutration of woman reading to children

Children’s Celebration – New Year’s Eve Around The World – Express Yourself Improv Storytime in Iceland

Bingo Cards on table with red markers

Children’s Celebration – New Years Eve Around The World – Bingo in Germany

Collection of traditional Irish musical instruments

Children’s Celebration – New Years Eve Around The World – Music Together in Ireland

Image of a sundial

Children’s Celebration Sundial by Lisa Gaither

Down Draft carnival ride

Down Draft

Early Countdown to Midnight

Early Countdown

First Night Ferris Wheel

Fantastical First Night Ferris Wheel

Little boy playing the art piano

First Night Art Pianos

Wooden box filled with trinkets

First Night Raleigh Time Capsule and Music of the 70’s and 80″s

Gold Leaf Sleigh Rides

First Night Sleigh Rides

Closeup image of a bright yellow printed artwork on cotton fabric

Ghana – Fabric Printmaking

People roller skating

Neon Roller Skating Pop Up Rink

people writing on the chalkboard at First night Raleigh

Next Year I Will Wall

chapel

Pop Up Wedding Chapel

Resolution Oak Tree with resolutions tied to it

Resolution Oak

Roaming Mirror Man standing on a pedestal with children beside him posing for a picture

Roaming Mirror Man

Peoples Procession

The People’s Procession

Juggling balls on the sidewalk

Time with Tain Juggler

Two toddlers in a nursery

Toddler Play Area

Ballroom Dancing

USA Ballroom Dancers

People putting neon ribbons on a wall

WRAL First Night Globe

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