New Year's Eve fun for the whole family at Franklin Square

Franklin Square
Photo credit Jeff Fusco/Courtesy Historic Philadelphia
By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's fun, it's free and you are invited.

"New Year's Eve at Franklin Square has been called the kids' Times Square," said Amy Needle, president and CEO of Historic Philadelphia, who talked about their special New Year's Eve party just for kids.

"We start at 4 p.m. when kids can make crafts. At 6 p.m. we have a square drop from the top of Square Burger and then you can see the Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, viewable from the Square. If you have little people with sensitive ears and don't want to get too close to the fireworks, Franklin Square is a great place to view them. We also have a dance party in the Pavilion, you can take your last ride on the Parx Liberty Carousel, play a last round of mini golf and see the last light show for the season."

Franklin Square Park is at 6th and Race streets, and if all the fun makes you hungry, they've got you covered.

"Ben's Sweets and Treets will have s'more making. There will be multiple kinds of hot chocolate. You can get hot chocolate with a snowman on it, hot chocolate with the Frozen characters on it. (And various spiked options for adults.) We also have doughnuts that you can inject different kinds of flavor into it. They are very yummy." 

Before all this, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can visit the Betsy Ross House on Arch Street where Betsy's birthday will be celebrated.

"Her birthday is actually on January 1, but we always celebrate it on December 31 and the fun and activities are start. At 1 p.m., we sing Happy Birthday to Betsy and have free cupcakes donated by City Tavern. After that, a demonstration of historic chocolate making and a meet and greet with Betsy Ross."

Wherever you are, whatever you do, Happy New Year from Positively Philadelphia.