New Year's at Noon

. Kids can welcome in 2008 before anyone else at the Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill on Monday. Kids will gather around a giant clock for a noon countdown. Once noon hits, kids will put on top hats and tiaras. So get ready to ring in the New Year 12 hours early!

New Year's at Noon at the Garden State Discovery Museum, 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill. $9.95 12 months and older; $8.95 seniors. Noon and again at 2 p.m. Information: 856-424-1233 or

Video Game Creation.

Kids ages 7 and older are challenged to design, create and edit their own two-dimensional arcade-style video game during an eight-week session at the Lumberton Gaun Community Center. Kids can design the action, create the characters, and decide the objectives and outcomes. Participants can take home a CD with their game.

Video Game Creating at the Lumberton Gaun Community Center, 602 Main St., Lumberton. $120 for eight-week session, which runs Saturdays, beginning Jan. 12, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Information: 1-888-421-8687.

Design A City.

Kids ages 9 to 11 can have their own Kid Nation. Kids will add the roads, traffic lights and other essentials of a modern city during an eight-week class in which they can design their own city. Participants will use Lego RCX microcomputers, Lego building sets, sensors and software to build a futuristic city.

Design a City at the Lumberton Guan Community Center, 602 Main St., Lumberton. $120. Eight-week session on Mondays, beginning Jan. 14. 4 to 5 p.m. Information: 1-888-421-8687.

New Year's Eve on the Battleship.

End 2007 with a bang as the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial has its annual New Year's Eve events: the Family Overnight Encampment and the Festivities on the Forecastle. Stay a few hours or the whole night. The Overnight Encampment gives families the chance to spend the first night of the new year aboard the historic battleship and take in a view of the midnight fireworks over the Delaware River. Families will sleep in the bunks where the crew once slept and eat dinner and breakfast served from the chow line. They also can tour the ship and ride in the 4D Flight Simulator. There will be music, prizes, food and bar service.

New Year's Eve on the Battleship, Camden Waterfront. Visitors are reminded that no chairs or strollers are allowed aboard the ship. $59.95 for encampment; reservations must be made in advance and include children between the ages of 6 and 18. $7 to watch just fireworks; $5 for members. Tickets can be purchased online. Fireworks watchers allowed onboard 10:30 p.m. Information: 1-866-877-6262 or

- Jennifer Wichterman