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Now that Christmas is done and we had a very blessed Christmas. I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday with family and extended family.  I didn't know if anyone had any insider tips and ideas on what to do for New Years. We usually spend ours at home with our kids, but I would really love any family friendly ideas or places where we might be able to go out earlier and spend the New Year.  Does anyone know of anything locally going on this time of year?

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Ring in the New Year family style at the annual “Noon” Year’s Eve daytime celebration hosted by the Zoo and Radio Disney AM 1380.  The party begins when the Zoo opens with games, arts and crafts, live entertainment, educational displays and more.  Families can ring in the New Year with noisemakers, hats and a juice toast as they watch the clock strike 12 NOON.  Activities are included with Zoo admission.

I found the above at the Lowry Park Zoo events page.

The following Legoland information can be found by clicking here.

The fun isn’t done when Christmas comes to a close. LEGOLAND Florida gets the New Year’s party started early with a Countdown to Kids’ New Year’s Eve that features nightly fireworks over Lake Eloise Dec. 26-30, 2013. Watch a spectacular fireworks display with special 3D viewing glasses that turn ordinary fireworks into millions of exploding LEGO bricks.


The whole family can enjoy a family-friendly party with Kids’ New Year’s Eve on Dec. 31. Kids get to rock out in Miniland USA with a live DJ Dance Party that’s sure to get the whole family moving. This grand finale features an impressive LEGO fireworks display and a chance to watch the BRICK Drop at just the right time for kids, midnight KST (Kid Standard Time) - otherwise known as 7 p.m. EST. Mom and Dad even have time to attend a party of their own after all the fun at the park.

This list could be interesting to some of you:

Top 10 New Year's Eve Events in Florida

Reading this link -

More Than 10,000 Beach Balls Will Ring in the New Year During Pier Park’s Annual Beach Ball Drop in Panama City Beach, Florida,  makes me want to drive to Pananma City Beach for New Year.

These sound great! We were thinking about buying family annual passes to Legoland anyway since we are so close and it's something fun we can do on the weekend without running to disney every time!  The kids love this place, the Zoo is great too, the animals are always out and about! :) Thank you!

I'm glad you think so.   :) I hope you enjoy your new year celebration, let us know what you all end up doing. 

We are most likely staying home as we always do.  I am usually the only one that is up watching the ball drop in NYC and watching Dick Clark's Rocking New Years Eve (even if they changed the name, to me it's still his show regardless).  LOL

It's cheaper to get a bottle of wine and stay home. No drunk drivers and headaches.  Just need to watch out for the drunk idiots that shoot off their guns at midnight.  Always gets me nervous because they shoot it up but don't realize gravity will send it back down.

Be safe and if you do go out and drink AAA is offering free rides again.

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