New Year's Eve 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 2018 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 13 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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Nassau

Countdown to 12! A Dino-mite 2018 — Garden City
Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue
Sunday, December 31
Party like a dinosaur 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
Sunday, 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. 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
Sunday, 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 2018 with your family and still make it home by bedtime. 

First Night Celebration — Long Beach
Long Beach Ice Arena, 150 W Bay Drive
Sunday, 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
Sunday, December 31
Reserve a glow-in-the-dark bowling lane for up to six people. From 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
Friday, December 29
Your little ones can jump, bounce, and slide their way into the new year. Enjoy a noise maker craft, gym activities, and a countdown to noon complete with a balloon drop. 

Suffolk

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


Midnight on Main Street. Photo courtesy of the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce

Midnight on Main Street — Patchogue
Downtown, 15 N. Ocean Avenue
Sunday, 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


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
Sunday, December 31
Choose from two party times: 2 or 5:30pm, and make it home with time to "spare" before bedtime. Admission includes 2 1/2 hours of bowling, countdown party favors, pizza, and soda. 

New Year's Eve Family Bash — Cold Spring Harbor
The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 301 Main Street
Sunday, December 31
Count down to 12 (noon) at The Whaling Museum. Create a time capsule, make crafts, and enjoy a hot chocolate treat.

East End

Fishes & Wishes Family New Year's Event  Riverhead
Long Island Aquarium, 431 East Main Street
Sunday, 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. 


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
Sunday, December 31
Safari Adventure's New Year's Eve party includes a live DJ, noisemakers, hats, and guest appearances by Doc McStuffins, Poppy from the Trolls movie, Chase from Paw Patrol, and Buzz Lightyear. A "midnight" ball drop takes place at 7:15pm. This popular family party tends to sell out, so purchase your tickets in advance.

New Year's Eve Ball Drop Bridgehampton
Children's Museum of the East End, 376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike
Sunday, December 31
Get into the New Year's spirit with noisemaker crafts at the Children's Museum of the East End. 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 is updated annually.

Top photo: Ring in the new year at Safari Adventure. All photos courtesy of the venues

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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' 53.106" N, 72° 18' 3.8916" 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 Arena
150 W Bay Dr.
Long Beach , NY 40° 35' 35.844" N, 73° 40' 8.256" W
New York