This is a list of notable events, premieres, releases, series cancellations and endings, and other business ventures for Nickelodeon in the year 1988.
- March 1 - The Big Ballot, renamed the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, is held for the first time under the new name.
Home video releases
- Double Dare: The Inside Scoop
- Double Dare: The Messiest Moments
- The Pinwheel Songbook
- February 10 - Jade Ramsey is born
- February 20 - Rihanna is born
- March 27 - Brenda Song is born
- June 11 - Claire Holt is born
- August 27 - Alexa Vega is born
- September 24 - Kyle Sullivan is born
- October 1 - Cariba Heine is born
- November 15 - Zena Grey is born
- December 14 - Vanessa Hudgens is born