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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.