It's out with the old and in with the new as Time Square celebrates New Year's Eve virtually this week. Photo by Jody Mercier
It's out with the old and in with the new as Time Square celebrates New Year's Eve virtually this week. Photo by Jody Mercier

New Year's Weekend Best Things To Do in NYC With Kids: Ball Drops, Rose Bowl, First Day Hikes

Happy New Year and buh-bye, 2020! After the ball drops in Times Square, we're turning our eyes again to the treasure trove of virtual experiences the pandemic has provided. When cabin fever rattles our equilibrium, we're looking forward to hiking, ice skating, and — with any luck — maybe even some snow tubing!

In 2021, we're also looking forward to all the goodies percolating on our Poppins@Home page, including a new virtual escape room series, a planting workshop, and a Lego art and design workshop.

We're updating the NYC Event Calendar constantly, especially this month as IRL events pop up unexpectedly or are postponed and rescheduled, so keep it bookmarked and check back often. Don't miss our curated list of holiday break activities!

Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do. Keep in mind, reservations are required for many of these events, so plan your outings in advance, and be sure to click through to our listing for all the details, including address, time, and pricing.


Skyline Drive-In
1 Oak Street
Brooklyn, NY

Prospect Park
Audubon Center and the Boathouse
Brooklyn, NY

High Rock Park in The Greenbelt
200 Nevada Avenue
Staten Island, NY

Flatiron Public Plaza
27 W. 24th St
New York, NY 10010

Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park, NY 11004

Randall's Island
20 Randalls Island Rd Icahn Stadium
New York, NY 10035

Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10460

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10458

The William Vale
111 N 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
NY, NY
Gratitude Tree & Food Drive
Private Picassos - 10:00 AM Pick
Aladdin & the Wonderful Lamp
Puppetworks Inc. - 12:30 PM Pick
MLK Jr. I Have a Dream Celebration
Brooklyn Children's Museum - various times Pick
Monuments Now
Socrates Sculpture Park - 9:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
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