2023 Holiday Break & NYE Guide! - The Monmouth Moms


Looking for something fun to do over Holiday Break and NYE? Check out our latest guide! We’ve put together a list of 10+ local things to do with or without the kids this week. You’ll find local movie theaters, ice skating rinks, NYE celebrations, favorite restaurants, bowling, and more!

Read the full list below.

Wishing everyone a very Happy & Healthy New Year ✨ Cheers to 2024 🥂



Head to the Movies

Bring the family to the movies. We’ve listed some of our favorite spots below!

Cinemark, Hazlet

AMC, Freehold

AMC, Eatowntown

Smodcastle Cinemas

Basie Center Cinemas


Go Ice Skating

Check out local places to hit the ice with the family in Monmouth County below!

Howell Ice Arena

Middletown Sports Complex

Red Bank Armory

Monmouth County Parks


Monmouth County Park System Winter Scavenger Hunt!

Check out the Monmouth County Park System’s winter scavenger hunt. Find the item list and details here!


NYE Headquarters & Fireworks Spectacular at Pier Village

Ring in the New Year at Pier Village with dinner, entertainment and a magnificent firework spectacular. Firework Show starts at 9PM. Read more for details here!


NYE Celebration at iPlay America!

Looking to ring in the New Year in style? Join us for the Ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration from 7PM to 1AM and enjoy a night of rides, games, party favors, confetti cannons, DJ, giveaways, and more!


New Year’s Day Brunch at The Proving Ground

NY Day Pajama Brunch at Proving Ground!


Frozen NYE Celebration at Monmouth Museum

Celebrate NYE with the kids at Monmouth Museum!


Holidays Restaurants in Monmouth County

Celebrate at dine with or without the kids at some of our favorite restaurants to spend the holidays in Monmouth County. Check out our full list below!


Go Bowling

Bowling is a great way to spend some time with the family, and it’s fun for all ages! Check out local spots below!

AMF Strathmore Lanes – Aberdeen, NJ

Bowlero of Hazlet, NJ

Howell Lanes


New Years Day Walk with the American Littoral Society

Ring in the New Year with a walk on the beach. Join the American Littoral Society at Sandy Hook, NJ or Ft. Tilden, NY on January 1 at 11 a.m. for our 48th Annual New Year’s Day walks. Learn more here!


Celebrate at Home

 There’s plenty of ways to have fun at home with the kids for NYE. You can do a family puzzle, craft or game, dress up in your fanciest clothes and take pictures, or give your party a theme! Various television networks have ways to watch the ball drop, and some even have them on demand (if you’re like us and won’t make it until midnight!). Support local and have dinner to-go. You’ll find a list of local caterers and restaurants here!

Monmouth County Dining


Local Breweries

 Have a babysitter for the evening? Visit or pick-up some beer and do a beer tasting from one of Monmouth County’s amazing breweries! We’ve listed some below!

Source Farmhouse Brewery- Colts Neck, NJ

Alternate Ending Beer Co. – Aberdeen, NJ

Asbury Park Brewery – Asbury Park, NJ

Red Tank Brewing – Red Bank, NJ

Beach Haus Brewery – Belmar, NJ

Bradley Brew Project – Bradley Beach, NJ

Kane Brewing Company – Ocean, NJ


Head to Bell Works

Monmouth County’s own “metro-burb,” an indoor space that spans the length of more than three footballs fields, is the perfect spot to bring the family and explore. You can take the kids for a long walk, visit the Holmdel Library, and check out the stores and lunch spots. Visit a virtual reality center, Oasis VRX, or get lost in Escapology. It’s definitely a great place to break up the day and get out of the house!


Meet Friends for Pizza!

Check out some of our favorite places to grab a slice in Monmouth County below! Dine in or order for your NYE party!


Visit a Trampoline Park

Get out of the house and have some fun at a local trampoline park! Here’s a list of local spots!

Air Play- Cliffwood Beach

Get Air Trampoline Park- Freehold 

Sky Zone – Ocean

Urban Air – Hazlet (new!)


Whatever you do, we hope you have fun! Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! Cheers to 2024!


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