Keep the troop together on New Year's Eve this year and ring in the holiday with family-friendly events and activities in your area.
Children's New Year's Eve Party
Enjoy live music, sing-alongs, party hats, and noise makers. Plus, a pasta dinner and 5C fare will be available. 5pm. Age: TOD, YE. $5; $10 minimum food per person. 5 C Cafe and Cultural Center, Avenue C and 5th Street. 212-477-5993. www.5ccc.com.
The Big Apple Circus: Bello Is Back!
The December 31 show features a post-show party, which includes a champagne or nonalcoholic-cider toast and a countdown to midnight. 9:30pm. All ages. $50-$135; Half price children under 12. Lincoln Center/Damrosch Park, 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. 212-962-5471. www.bigapplecircus.org.
Emerald Nuts Midnight Run
DJ music and dancing starts at 10pm; costume parade and contest at 11pm; fireworks and family fun run at Midnight. All ages for activities; ages 5 and up may participate in the Midnight Run. $45 race entry fee. Central Park Bandshell (entrance at 5th Avenue and 72nd Street). www.nyrr.org/races/2009/r1231x00.asp#.
11th Annual New Year's Eve Bike Ride & Outdoor After Party
Meet at 10:30pm at Washington Square Park, under the arch, to bike or skate to Belvedere Castle in Central Park. Meet at Belvedere Castle at 11:45pm for music, dance, and fireworks to ring in the New Year. Participants are encouraged to dress festive and bring their own food and drink for the after party. All ages; children younger than 10 must ride on a parent/guardian's bicycle. http://times-up.org/index.php?page=new-years-ride.