New Year’s Eve Revelry…with Kids? Family Friendly Events in Long Island on New Year’s Eve

Is there a way to have a New Year’s Eve with Kids in tow? Of course. Check out these fun events for bringing in the new year (though the timing may be a wee bit earlier).

What: Countdown to 12!

Celebrate the New Year in the tradition of New York’s famous Times Square with this animal-themed party in honor of the opening of the newest gallery Feasts for Beasts!  The day will be filled with fun activities, crafts, a ball drop, live music, a dance party and a preview of Feasts for Beasts.

Where: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY
When: Noon- 4:30 pm
How Much: With normal museum admission
Contact: http://licm.org/

What: Fishes & Wishes

A family New Year’s Eve celebration with cocktail hour, dinner buffet DJ, entertainment and kids activities.

When: 6:30-11 p.m.

Where: LI Aquarium & Exhibition Center, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead.
How Much: $85 adults, $49 kids – Update: As of now it’s sold out!!
Contact Info: http://www.longislandaquarium.com/visitor-specialevents.html#newyears

Let’s Celebrate the New Year

Explore the geometry of the Times Square ball and design one! Also on New Year’s Day.
When: 1-5 p.m.
Where: Maritime Explorium, 101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson.
How Much: $5.
Contact Info: http://www.maritimeexplorium.org/

Watch The Bowling Ball Drop

Perfect for the whole family. Packages include bowling and shoe rental, a pizza buffet and a sparkling cider toast to 2012.  Pricing starts at $21/person.

When: 3-6 p.m
Where: 300, 895 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville.
How Much: $21
Contact Info: Reservations recommended.  Call Vanessa at 631.271.0051  or email at vmarro@threehundred.com. http://www.threehundred.com/long_island_whats_happening.html

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