Safari Adventure's New Year's Eve  includes a balloon drop, superheroes, music, and more.
Safari Adventure's New Year's Eve includes a balloon drop, superheroes, music, and more.

New Year's Eve Celebrations for Long Island Kids, 2018

Break out the noisemakers and ring in 2019 with the family. Just do it a few hours earlier, so the kids can take part, too.

There are plenty of family-friendly New Year's Eve events across 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 15 great options for the big night that allow everyone to have fun and, hopefully, no overtired little ones the next day.

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 be found in our events calendar and Holiday Fun Guide.

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Countdown to 12! Neon '19 — Garden City
Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue
Monday, December 31
Party in your brightest-color clothes at this "Noon Year's Eve" event at the Long Island Children's Museum. Catch the ball drop at noon or 4pm and enjoy other fun activities, including an extreme dance party. 

Family New Year's Eve Party — Bayville
Bayville Winter Wonderland, 8 Bayville Avenue
Monday, December 31
Ride the holiday express train, check out the light show, or meet with special holiday characters at this lunch-or-dinner New Year's eve fete at Bayville Winter Wonderland. Countdowns are at 3pm and 8pm. Multiple packages are available, and families can choose from between a three-course meal or a more casual option with pizza and burgers. Reservations required.

Family New Year's Eve Party — Seaford
United Skates of America, 1276 Hicksville Road
Monday, December 31
Skate into the new year at this family-friendly roller skating party. Price includes admission, skate rental, unlimited pizza and soda, snacks, game tokens, and a light rope necklace. Count down to 2019 with your family and still make it home by bedtime. 

First Night Celebration — Long Beach
Long Beach Ice Arena, 150 W. Bay Drive
Monday, December 31
This family-friendly event includes ice skating, games, crafts, music, a movie, and snack bar specials. There is a special New Year's Eve ball drop at 7:30pm. FREE

New Year's Eve Party at Ultralanes — Massapequa
Ultra Lanes, 4235 Merrick Road
Monday, December 31
Reserve a glow-in-the-dark bowling lane for up to six people. From either 1pm to 4pm or 5 to 8pm families can enjoy unlimited bowling, pizza and soda, and dancing, A nonalcoholic champagne toast is included.

Noon Year's Eve Bash at the Little Gym — Roslyn
The Little Gym of Roslyn, 55 Lumber Road
Monday, December 31 
From 11am to 12:30pm, little ones can jump, bounce, and slide their way into the new year. Enjoy a noisemaker craft, gym activities, and a countdown to noon complete with a balloon drop. 


Let's Celebrate the New Year! — Port Jefferson
Long Island Explorium, 101 East Broadway
December 26-31
At this holiday craft session, kids can use geometry to create a Times Square-style New Year's Eve ball. 

New Year's Eve Family Bash — Cold Spring Harbor
The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 301 Main Street
Sunday, December 30
Count down to 12 (noon) at The Whaling Museum. Create a time capsule, make crafts, and enjoy a hot chocolate treat.

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Midnight on Main Street delights visitors to Patchogue's downtown. Photo courtesy of the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce

Midnight on Main Street — Patchogue
Downtown, 15 N. Ocean Avenue
Monday, December 31
In its second year, Midnight on Main Street is a New Year’s Eve celebration that includes an illuminated ball that rises from the roof of Capital One Plaza. "Midnight" will be declared by the mayor of Patchogue at 9pm so young and old can enjoy the festivities and a grand fireworks display. FREE

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Bowl your way into the new year at Port Jeff Bowl's family-friendly celebration. 

Family New Year's Eve Party — Port Jefferson Station
Port Jeff Bowl, 31 Chereb Lane
Monday, December 31
Choose from two party times: 2pm or 5:30pm, and make it home with time to "spare" before bedtime. Admission includes 2½ hours of bowling, countdown party favors, pizza, and soda. 

Noon Year's Eve Party at Brentwood Library — Brentwood
24 Second Avenue
Monday, December 31 
Kids ages 3 and older can enjoy crafts and games as they ring in the New Year at noon. 

East End

Celebrate New Year's Eve Around the World at Buoy One — Westhampton
Monday, December 31
Buoy One, 62 Montauk Highway
Celebrate as the ball drops around the world. With each hour, you can enjoy different food and drinks from Russia, Greece, Italy and Ireland, in addition to their main menu. There will also be entertainment geared toward the whole family.

Fishes & Wishes Family New Year's Event  Riverhead
Long Island Aquarium, 431 East Main Street
Monday, 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 aquarium scenery at night. The party begins at 6:30pm.

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Climb, jump, and play the arcade games at Safari Adventure’s New Year’s Eve family party. 

New Year's Eve Party  Riverhead
Safari Adventure, 1074 Pulaski Street
Monday, December 31
Safari Adventure's New Year's Eve party includes a live DJ, noisemakers, hats, and guest appearances by Spider-man, Mickey Mouse, Catboy and Owlette from PJ Masks, and Rolly from Puppy Dog Pals. A "midnight" balloon drop takes place at 7:15pm. This popular family party tends to sell out, so purchase tickets online in advance.

New Year's Eve Ball Drop Bridgehampton
Children's Museum of the East End, 376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike
Monday, December 31
Get into the New Year's spirit with noisemaker crafts and more. You'll also enjoy a festive countdown with a ball drop, confetti, and sparkling juice. Choose from party times at 10am and 1pm.

A version of this article was originally published in 2012. It was updated in December 2018 by writer Gina Massaro

All photos courtesy of the venues

Long Island Children's Museum
11 Davis Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Bayville Winter Wonderland
8 Bayville Avenue
Bayville, NY 11709

United Skates of America
1276 Hicksville Road
Seaford, NY 11783

Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
431 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901

Maritime Explorium
101 East Broadway
Port Jefferson, NY 11777

Safari Adventure
1074 Pulaski Street
Riverhead, NY 11901

Children's Museum of the East End
376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike
Bridgehampton, NY 11932

Midnight on Main St.
15 N. Ocean Ave.
Patchogue, NY

Long Beach Ice Arena
150 W Bay Dr.
Long Beach, NY

Brentwood Public Library
34 Second Avenue
Brentwood, NY 11717

Buoy One Westhampton
62 Montauk HWY
Westhampton, NY 11977