New Year's Eve 2017 Celebrations for Long Island Kids

New Year's Eve Events, Parties, Countdowns on Long Island for Kids and Families

Break out the noisemakers and ring in 2017 with the family. Just do it a few hours earlier, so the kids can partake, too. There are lots of family-friendly New Year's Eve events around Long Island. Head to a museum, enjoy a roller skating party, fireworks, or celebrate with dinner and dancing. Best of all? No cleanup required.

We've rounded up a dozen great options for the big night, which you'll find below. 

Don't forget to check out our list of 30 fun things to do over the school holiday break to keep the kids busy all week. More family fun can always be found in our events calendar, and don't forget to check out our family event picks for the long weekend, including New Year's Day.

Let's Celebrate the New Year! – Port Jefferson
Maritime Explorium, 101 East Broadway
December 26 - January 1
Kids can use geometry to create a Times Square-style New Year's Eve ball out of marshmallows and gumdrops at this holiday craft session at the Maritime Explorium. 

A New Year's Eve Eve Party – Amityville
Darlings & Divas, 65 Merrick Road
December 30
Get ready in style with this party fit for a princess. Your little one can enjoy a mini manicure, hair styling, and makeup application. Dinner, dancing, and a mock countdown included! Reserve tickets ahead of time.

First Night Celebration - Long Beach
Long Beach Ice Arena, 150 W Bay Dr.
December 31
This family-friendly event includes ice skating, games, crafts, music, a movie, and snack bar specials. There will also be a special New Year's Eve Ball Drop at 7:30pm. FREE

Midnight at Main St. - Patchogue
Downtown, 15 N Ocean Ave.
December 31
Midnight on Main Street is a New Year’s Eve celebration that will include an illuminated ball that will rise from the roof of Capital One Plaza. At 9pm, a display of grand illuminations will be set off by Grucci Fireworks. FREE

Family New Year's Eve Party – Seaford
United Skates of America, 1276 Hicksville Road
December 31
Skate into the new year with this roller skating party aimed at families. Price includes admission, skate rental, unlimited pizza and soda, snacks, game tokens and a light rope necklace. Count down to 2017 with your family and still make it home by bedtime. 

Countdown to 2017 – Garden City
Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue
December 31
Celebrate the New Year in the tradition of NYC's famous Times Square style with this ultimate family party at the Long Island Children's Museum. Catch the ball drop twice today and enjoy other fun activities, including a dance party. 

Noon Year's Eve Jump  Great Neck and Plainview
Pump It Up
December 31
Shake off 2016 with a New Year's Eve bounce session at Pump It Up. There will be party hats, sparkling cider, noisemakers, and a countdown to the "Noon" year! Tickets required.

Family New Year's Eve Party  Bayville
Bayville Winter Wonderland, 8 Bayville Avenue
December 31
Ride the holiday express train, check out the light show, or meet with special holiday characters with this lunch or dinner New Year's eve fete at the Bayville Winter Wonderland. Multiple packages available, and families can choose from between a three-course meal or a more casual option with pizza and burgers. Reservations required.

Dave and Buster's – Westbury or Islandia
December 31
Families can enjoy dinner, gaming, and festive New Year's Eve touches like face painting and a video ball drop with this Dave and Buster's party.  

The All Star Family Happy New Year's Eve Party  Riverhead
All Star, 96 Main Road
December 31
Go for a strike with this unlimited bowling and shoes deal that includes a buffet and family-friendly champagne or sparkling cider toast. Note: Minimum of six people to each lane required. 

Fishes & Butterfly Wishes Family New Year's Event  Riverhead
Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, 431 East Main Street
December 31
Head to the aquarium for a dinner party with dancing, and crafts for the kids, plus a mock midnight champagne and sparkling cider toast (at 10:30pm), and of course the beauty of the aquatic scene at night. 

Climb, jump, and play at Safari Adventure’s New Year’s Eve Family. Photo courtesy of Safari Adventure.

New Year's Eve Party  Riverhead
Safari Adventure, 1074 Pulaski Street
December 31
​Safari Adventure welcomes Daddy O' Entertainment, a family-friendly DJ, to kick off this kid party, which will also feature appearances from the likes of Minnie Mouse, Olaf, Mickey Mouse, and plenty of games, noisemakers, and other treats. A ball drop at "midnight" will take place at 7:15pm.

New Year's Eve Ball Drop  Bridgehampton
Children's Museum of the East End, 376 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike
December 31
Get into the New Year's spirit with noisemaker crafts at the Children's Museum of the East End, and you'll also enjoy a festive countdown with ball drop, confetti, and sparkling juice. 

New Year's Eve Bash for Kids – Cold Spring Harbor
The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 301 Main St.
December 31
Countdown to 12 (noon) with lots of festive crafts at The Whaling Museum.

A version of this article was first published in 2012, but is updated annually.

Top photo: The New Year's makeover at Darlings & Divas of Amityville includes a mini-manicure, hair styling, and more festive fun. All photos courtesy of the venues.

Long Island Children's Museum
11 Davis Avenue
11530 Garden City , NY
Phone: 516-224-5800
40° 43' 41.6568" N, 73° 36' 3.3048" W
New York
Bayville Winter Wonderland
8 Bayville Avenue
11709 Bayville , NY
Phone: 516-628-TOYS
40° 54' 25.9812" N, 73° 33' 3.4704" W
New York
United Skates of America
1276 Hicksville Road
11783 Seaford , NY
Phone: 516-795-5474
40° 42' 24.4044" N, 73° 29' 12.6096" W
New York
Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
431 East Main Street
11901 Riverhead , NY
Phone: 631-208-9200
40° 55' 4.3572" N, 72° 39' 22.7952" W
New York
Maritime Explorium
101 East Broadway
11777 Port Jefferson , NY
Phone: 631-331-3277
40° 56' 53.376" N, 73° 4' 3.2052" W
New York
Safari Adventure
1074 Pulaski Street
11901 Riverhead , NY
Phone: 631-727-4386
40° 55' 10.8876" N, 72° 40' 52.6728" W
New York
Children's Museum of the East End
376 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike
11932 Bridgehampton , NY
Phone: 631-537-8250
40° 56' 52.6812" N, 72° 18' 3.7116" W
New York
All Star
96 Main Road
11901 Riverhead , NY 40° 56' 21.7968" N, 72° 38' 41.3196" W
New York
1183 Wantagh Avenue
11793 Wantagh , NY
Phone: 516-652-4558
40° 41' 37.248" N, 73° 30' 27.5256" W
New York
M.A.T.S.S. Kids Gym
2629 Grand Avenue
11710 Bellmore , NY 40° 40' 11.1" N, 73° 31' 49.368" W
New York
Dave and Buster's
1504 Old Country Road,
11591 Westbury , NY
Phone: 516-542-8501
40° 44' 44.1204" N, 73° 35' 41.568" W
New York
Darlings & Diva
65 Merrick Road
Amityville , NY 40° 40' 16.1256" N, 73° 25' 14.2248" W
New York
As You Wish
418A Bedford Ave.
Bellmore , NY 40° 40' 18.4188" N, 73° 31' 43.7772" W
New York
Kidville Wantagh
1183 Wantagh Ave.
Wantagh , NY
Phone: 516-652-4558
40° 41' 37.248" N, 73° 30' 27.5256" W
New York
The Party Place LI
196 Belle Mead RoaD SUITE 4
East Setauket , NY 40° 53' 56.814" N, 73° 5' 22.128" W
New York
Midnight on Main St.
15 N Ocean Ave
Patchogue , NY 40° 45' 57.78" N, 73° 0' 53.3772" W
New York
Long Beach Ice Aren
150 W Bay Dr.
Long Beach , NY 40° 35' 35.844" N, 73° 40' 8.256" W
New York