Ready to ring in the new year? The big countdown is not just for adults. These family-friendly New Year’s Eve events in New York will let the little ones join in the fun. As the holiday season comes to a close, you can catch the final days of the city’s holiday light displays or take a spin on an ice skating rink before ringing in the new year. For the littlest ones, the best New Year’s Eve events in New York for kids take place during the day, or you can catch some fireworks for those who can stay up.
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Family-friendly New Year’s Eve events in New York
1. NYE Wishing Wall
You and the kids can be a part of the Times Square ball drop festivities by leaving a message for attendees on the NYE Wishing Wall. Leave a positive message and it will be among the thousands of confetti wishes that fall on NYE for the ball drop. If you can’t make it to Times Square, you can leave a digital message to be printed out — just get them in by December 28.
2. A New Year’s celebration with Flor Bromley
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan hosts a New Year’s celebration with Flor Bromley. The recording artist, bilingual singer/songwriter, actress, storyteller and puppeteer will help welcome the new year for kids of all ages on Thursday, December 28.
3. New Year’s Countdown Party
Grammy-nominated music artist Fyütch will be on hand to perform high energy songs and lead a dance party for a New Year’s countdown party at the New York Public Library at 11am on December 30.
4. Noon Year’s Eve Dance Party
Ring in the new year early with a balloon drop, dance party and party favors at the Staten Island Children’s Museum. There will be two countdowns — one at noon and one at 2pm on December 31. Get there 30 minutes before countdown time to participate in all the kid-friendly fun.
5. New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Prospect Park
If the kids can stay up late, head to Prospect Park for the most spectacular fireworks celebration in Brooklyn. The event, which takes place at Grand Army Plaza, starts at 10pm with live entertainment by Quintessential Playlist, followed by fireworks at midnight.