Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
December 31
11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Downtown’s First Night is not the only place in town where you can experience the excitement and thrills of a dramatic countdown to the New Year.

For families looking for an engaging way to ring in 2017 together at a time that won’t cause crankiness and doesn’t require standing around outdoors in frigid temps with massive crowds, head to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on December 31st.

Children’s Museum of PittsburghPittsburgh’s top “bedtime-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration,” the museum’s special Countdown to Noon! event invites the youngest of revelers to party like it’s 2017 with hands-on fun.

Children will create festive party blowers in the Art Studio—just in time to make some noise during the countdown ceremony at noon. In the MAKESHOP, kids can construct colorful party hats to don during the celebration and take home.

The event will feature a live concert by renowned Pittsburgh-based saxophonist and composer Lee Robinson, who will perform with his jazz quartet at noon.

Attendees can also step up to the mic to be interviewed by Saturday Light Brigade radio host, Larry Berger, and Broadway and film actor Tim Hartman.

Children's Museum of PittsburghThe Countdown to Noon! festivities take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the museum is open from  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Families can also explore the museum’s acclaimed Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood exhibit before it closes on January 17 and sets off on a national tour. The Countdown to Noon! is free with museum admission.

This holiday season, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is also open for extended hours from December 26 through 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Looking for more events? Check out our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in December and 10 great family adventures in Pittsburgh this December feature stories.