Daytime New Year’s Eve Celebration at CMNH! It’s a Family Favorite happening on Saturday, Dec 31st 2022!

Join us at the Children’s Museum of NH in Dover for our family friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration and ring in the New Year before bedtime!

CMNH’s annual daytime New Year’s Eve Celebration is a long-time family favorite. Parents, children and extended families can ring in 2023 together while the sun is shining. We stage two “countdowns to midnight” at 10:30am during the morning play session (9am-Noon), and at 2:00pm during the afternoon play session (12:30-3:30pm.)

These countdowns will make you feel like you’re in Times Square. Everyone receives a noisemaker and gets to create their own sparkly party hat. Enjoy a New Year’s photo booth as well! As “midnight” draws closer, guests gather in the center of the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire beneath a glittery disco ball hung 30 feet up. We count backwards from 20 as the ball begins its descent, then New Year wishes are launched from our Build-It-Fly-It towers when the clock strikes 12. Confetti will fly through the air, and wish blimps made by visitors will gently fall to the ground—it’s always a festive and really fun environment to be in and celebrate together.

Our New Year’s Eve Celebration is included in standard paid admission and free for Children’s Museum of New Hampshire members. Reservations and Pre-payment required. Visit for more info.

The Museum closes early at 3:30pm on NYE and will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Generously sponsored by the UNIQUE College Investing Plan and Kennebunk Savings Bank.


Become a member in December and play free all year!

The Details: 

Gift a Year-Long Membership to the CMNH this December and get 2 FREE Guest Options!

Anyone purchasing a Membership this December 1 – 23 can get 2 free Guest Options, a $40 value! (Don’t forget to select the guest options when purchasing the membership!) Guest Options can be used to bring friends, grandparents, or caregivers to play in the museum with you, and they can be different people every time you visit! It’s a great deal!

PLEASE NOTE: Memberships are active the DAY they are purchased, and if you buy a gift membership for a current member, their membership expiration date will be one year from date of purchase. If you aren’t sure if someone already has a membership, feel free to reach out to us and ask: 

To learn more and purchase a CMNH Family Membership here!


The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is normally open Wednesdays through Saturdays for two play sessions, 9am-Noon or 1-4pm. Tuesdays and Sundays the museum is normally open for one morning play session, 9am-Noon. Special Holiday hours are:

Saturday, December 24 (Christmas Eve): CLOSED
Sunday, December 25 (Christmas): CLOSED
Monday, December 26: CLOSED
Tuesday, December 27: Open 9am-Noon or 1-4pm
Wednesday, December 28 – Friday, December 30: Open 9am-Noon or 1-4pm
Saturday, December 31: Family New Year’s Eve Celebration 9am-Noon or 12:30-3:30pm

About the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

The 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is located at 6 Washington Street in Dover and offers two levels of hands-on, interactive exhibits for children from newborn to middle school. Children can explore a wide range of subjects, from dinosaurs, music and aeronautics to world cultures, art, natural history, and S.T.E.A.M.. Open year-round, the Silver LEED-certified museum specializes in creating memorable family learning experiences and works closely with schools, social service agencies, and educators. A central part of the museum’s mission is ensuring accessibility, and the “Reach All Initiative” works towards this goal by welcoming over 28% of yearly visitors for free or reduced admission. The museum also hosts a variety of live performances, workshops, classes and special events for families. For more information, please call the museum at (603) 742-2002 or visit


Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
6 Washington Street, Dover NH 603-742-2002


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