I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Saturday Special - New Year's Eve Scoop - What's Happening New Year's Eve

Still need something to do for New Year's Eve? Here are some events that will be happening around the Tri-State:

In New Jersey:
New Year's Eve at Coco Key Water Resort
915 Rte. 73
Mt. Laurel

New Year's Eve Inclusive Package - Memory-Making Fun ONLY $379

CLICK HERE for New Year's Eve Package for up to four (4) guests
CLICK HERE for New Year's Eve Package for five (5) guests
New Year's Eve Package Includes:

  • One night stay and up to four water park passes, valid for up to two days of water park access (please check hours of operation)
  • Dinner Buffet for up to four guests
  • Arts, crafts, games and entertainment including balloon animals, magician and more
  • Toast for Tots ball drop for the little ones
  • Dance party in the Grand Ballroom with CoCo as we ring in the New Year
  • Breakfast with CoCo for up to four guests on New Year's Day
  • Take home family photo & CoCo Key picture frame
iPlay America's Fifth Annual New Year's Eve Bash 2016
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

iPlay America's Fifth Annual New Year’s Eve Bash from 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31.

iPlay America’s New Year’s Eve Party Pass includes unlimited rides and attractions, a $10 game card, party favors, spectacular prizes and giveaways throughout the evening, a confetti cannon, light show and great music pumping through the entire park, with a live D.J., all for just $39.99! Revelers may purchase tasty a la carte treats at Sonny’s Boardwalk Grill, Boardwalk Bites, Rob’s Pizza, The Grind Coffee Co. and Mixx Frozen Yogurt throughout the celebration.

The New Year’s Eve Party and Prix Fixe Dinner pass is just $79.99 for adults and $54.99 for children age 12 and younger. This pass includes everything in the New Year’s Eve Party Pass plus a champagne toast for adults 21 and older, and an incredible three-course meal created by talented Executive Chef Joe Raiola, a season five “Chopped” champion! Chef also designed a very special menu for younger partygoers!

Dinner reservations begin at 7:30 p.m. and are for 90 minute seatings with staggered seatings every 15 minutes. Toddlers are FREE! Reservations are required to 732-577-8200. Visit iPlayAmerica.com/NYE2016 to view the menu options and purchase party passes.

For revelers looking to do something extra-special to celebrate this New Years, iPlay America is offering a limited number of VIP Suite packages! Packages are base priced for groups of 12 and, depending on the size of the Suite booked, can accommodate up to 24 guests. Packages include special food and drink options and are designed for those seeking a more intimate, private party experience. Availability is limited, but the knowledgeable party planners at iPlay America are ready to listen and provide their guests with their BEST New Year’s Eve experience ever! Book Now! Call iPlay America at 732-577-8200 to reserve a VIP suite.

Join them for New Year’s Eve and watch the ball drop on one of iPlay America’s multitude of big screen monitors!
In New York:
New Year's Eve at the Big Apple Circus
Damrosch Park
175 W. 62nd St
New York, NY

Big Apple Circus rings in the New Year with a Special New Year's Eve Performance of The Grand Tour on December 31, 2015 at 9:30pm.

Count down to the New Year under the Big Top at Lincoln Center with Big Apple Circus at our special New Year's Eve show! Enjoy a full performance of the company's 38th season World Premiere show, The Grand Tour. Goody bags will be handed out, along with champagne - sparkling cider for the little ones - just as the show ends and the countdown to the New Year begins. Afterwards, enjoy dancing in the ring with the Big Apple Circus Band playing live. It's the best party in town for kids of all ages! If your children are old enough to stay up until midnight, but not ready to be out on their own, this is the perfect family way to ring in the New Year.  Tickets for the New Year's Eve show start at $55 and can be purchased online at www.bigapplecircus.org.
Circle Line New Year's Eve Cruise

Don’t miss your chance to cruise into 2016! Spend NYE  with Circle Line singing "Auld Lang Syne" with the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center and lower Manhattan, and an incredible fireworks display. Enjoy an open bar, delectable hors d'oeuvres, an on-board DJ and plenty of room to dance. 
For more information or to book your tickets click here
T H E    K I N G ’ S    W I N T E R    M A S Q U E R  A D E


The McKittrick Hotel (530 W 27th Street, New York, NY), home of Sleep No More, will celebrate New Year’s Eve with the truly decadent The King’s Winter Masquerade on Thursday, December 31st.  The masked soiree, which commences at10:00 p.m. immediately following that evening’s performance of Sleep No More, will feature daring, specially-created one-night-only theatrical and music performances throughout The McKittrick, as well as full open bar, boundless live entertainment and Sleep No More-inspired surprises.  Ticket packages, including party entry with Sleep No More options as well as dinner at The McKittrick’s fine dining restaurant The Heath, are on-sale now.  For info and tickets, visit http://events.mckittrickhotel.com/wintermasquerade2015/.
VIDEO LINK: Footage from last year’s New Year’s Eve Soiree can be viewed at  https://vimeo.com/118174043.
Tickets for the The King’s Winter Masquerade are available in the following packages:

-          The King’s Winter Masquerade starting at $100
-          Royal Feast followed by the Masquerade starting at $275
-          Sleep No More followed by the Masquerade starting at $275
-          Royal Feast & Sleep No More followed by the Masquerade starting at $350

Premiere Packages are also available, including: Maximilian’s List, which offers front-of-line access, complimentary coat check and exclusive access to Maximilian’s Observatory, an exclusive bar for the evening; and Champagne Tables, with enhanced Max’s List privileges including private entry to the party, personalized complimentary coat check, a reserved table in our grand ballroom with table service, and prime access to exclusive bars.  The Royal Feast will feature a sumptuous three-course meal, ever-flowing libations and a specially created performances.  Prices and information available upon booking.
All party guests will enjoy open bar for the entire evening.  All guests must be at least 21 to enter.  Come in attire suitable for a royal celebration in tones of black, silver or gold.  The dress code will be strictly enforced.  Dinner seatings are available by reservation.  Entry to Sleep No More is from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Entry to the party begins at 10:30 p.m.

Punchdrunk's Sleep No More is an award-winning theatrical experience that tells Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth through a darkly cinematic lens. Audiences move freely through the epic world of the story at their own pace, choosing where to go and what to see, ensuring that everyone’s journey is different and unique.

The creative team features Felix Barrett (Direction and Design), Maxine Doyle (Direction and Choreography), Stephen Dobbie(Sound Design), Beatrice Minns (Design Associate), and Livi Vaughan (Design Associate).

Tickets are available via www.sleepnomorenyc.com or by calling (866) 811-4111.  No one under sixteen will be permitted.

Sleep No More is produced by EMURSIVE (Jonathan Hochwald, Arthur Karpati, and Randy Weiner, principals) in association with rebecca gold productions.  EMURSIVE produces immersive theatre in extraordinary places.

For additional information, please visit: www.mckittrickhotel.com.
In Philadelphia:

Franklin Square's New Years Eve Countdown and Dance Party
200 N. 6th St.
Philadelphia, PA

A family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration with a “Square Drop” in lieu of the famous ball. MORE FM hosts music and activities at 4:30 pm until 6 pm to commence the countdown and Square Drop accompanied by The Sugar House New Year’s Eve Fireworks, which are viewable from Franklin Square. The Square Drop, which started in 2010, has become a delightful family tradition, which includes family fun and fireworks. The 2-foot by 2-foot cube sits 30 feet above the ground atop its perch onWednesday, December 31, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm SquareBurger and is lowered during the countdown. It contains over 1,200 lights in the colors of the Franklin Square logo. A Kids’ Dance Party will take place inside the indoor Pavilion after the Fireworks and will run until 8 pm. The park will remain open until 8 pm for the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show finale of 2015. Featured local food trucks for New Year’s Eve are The Cow and The Curd and Whirly Pig. FREE.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for the regular Sunday Scoop.

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