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, 2019

Break out the noisemakers and ring in 2020 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 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! Roarin' '20 Garden City
Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue
Tuesday, December 31
2019 is going out like a lamb and 2020 is coming in like a lion 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
Tuesday, 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
Tuesday, 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 2020 with your family and still make it home by bedtime. 

First Night Celebration — Long Beach
Long Beach Ice Arena, 150 W. Bay Drive
Tuesday, 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 6:30pm. FREE

New Year's Eve Party at Ultralanes — Massapequa
Ultra Lanes, 4235 Merrick Road
Tuesday, 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 — Levittown, Merrick, Rockville Center, Huntington, Smithtown 
Tuesday, 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. Check out your local Little Gym for more information. 

Noon Year's Eve at the Bellmore Library - Bellmore
2288 Bedford Ave
Tuesday, December 31
Littles 5 and under will enjoy a craft and some songs from 11:30am to 12:15pm. Advanced registration is required. 

Noon Year's Eve at the North Bellmore Library - North Bellmore​
1551 Newbridge Road
Tuesday, December 31
Kids under 12 won't have to stay up late to ring in the New Year at Bellmore Library. The event starts at 11am and runs until 12:15pm. ​Registration begins December 23rd.

Noon Year's Eve at the Merrick Library - Merrick
2279 Merrick Ave
Tuesday, December 31
From 11am to 12pm, kids up to age 12 can enjoy crafts, music and more at the Merrick Library. Registration for this event is NOT required. 


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


New Year's Eve Dance Party at Babylon Library- Babylon
​24 Carll Ave
Monday, December 30
Kids up to the fifth grade can party it up and dance the afternoon away. Prior registration is required. 

Family New Year's Eve Party — Port Jefferson Station
Port Jeff Bowl, 31 Chereb Lane
Tuesday, 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. 


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
Tuesday, 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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New Year's Eve Family Bash — Cold Spring Harbor
The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 301 Main Street
Tuesday, December 31
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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Noon Year's Eve Party at Brentwood Library — Brentwood
24 Second Avenue
Tuesday, December 31 
Kids ages 3 and older can enjoy crafts and games as they ring in the New Year at noon. The party begins at 11am.

New Year's Party at Xplore Family Fun Center - Port Jefferson
200 Wilson Street
Tuesday, December 31
There will be lots of familiar characters attending this party, which runs from 5:30pm to 8pm. Cinderella, Belle, Marshall from Paw Patrol and Cat Boy from PJ Masks are just some of the celebrity attendees. The event includes a game card and access to the characters for the event. 

A Whole New Year at Adventure Kids - Sayville
Adventure Kids, 5676 Sunrise Highway
Tuesday, December 31
From 11am to 1pm, kids can enjoy open play, sing alongs, crafts, and some light snacks/dessert. There will even be a special appearance by Jasmine and Aladdin!

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

East End

Fishes & Wishes Family New Year's Event  Riverhead
Long Island Aquarium, 431 East Main Street
Tuesday, 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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New Year's Eve Party  Riverhead
Safari Adventure, 1074 Pulaski Street
Tuesday, 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
Tuesday, 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 2019 by writer Gina Massaro

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

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

The Little Gym of Smithtown
70 E Main St.
Smithtown, NY 11787

The Little Gym of Huntington
38 Gerard Street
Huntington, NY 11743

The Little Gym of Merrick
2128 Merrick Mall
Merrick, NY 11566

The Little Gym of Levittown
2890 Hempstead Tpke
Levittown, NY 11756

The Little Gym of Rockville Centre
298 Merrick Rd
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

The Little Gym of Roslyn
55 Lumber Rd
Roslyn, NY 11576

Adventure Kids
5676 Sunrise Highway
Sayville, NY 11782

Xplore Family Fun Center
200 Wilson Street
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776

Bellmore Library
2288 Bedford Ave
Bellmore, NY

North Bellmore Library
1551 Newbridge Road
North Bellmore, NY 11710

Merrick Library
2279 Merrick Rd.
Merrick , NY 11566

Babylon Public Library
24 South Carll Ave.
Babylon, NY 11702