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Kid-Friendly New Year's Eve Celebrations, Kwanzaa Crafts, and Tea Time with Teddy Bears
December 28 - January 1

NYE w/ Kids

Ring in the new year with your kids as the towns host NYE parties especially for kids, including countdowns at 12pm, fireworks in the park, and a sing-along party. Scroll down for a list of kid-friendly New Year's Eve celebrations and more things to do on the last weekend of 2012. Plus a handful of fun activities happening on the first of the year that'll help you start 2013 off with a bang.

Top 20 Activities for Kids

Kwanzaa Crafts, Cool Ice Sculptures, & the Holidays

Celebrate Kwanzaa by making a special craft and also get ready for 2013 in Westchester

• Tour the farm house, make a craft, and enjoy mulled cider during Holiday Open House in Queens

• Go back in time with Manhattan's Children's History Museum where you'll view New York thorugh the eyes of a young child

• Head out on the last hike of the year in Westchester

• See ice carving demos that transform blocks of ice into wildlife-themed ice sculptures in the Bronx

• Light up the new year as you learn about lighthouses on Long Island

• Learn all about Kwanzaa traditions in Brooklyn


Teddy Bear Tea Time and Fun Shows for Kids

Have fun dancing and singing with The Silly Dilly Band on Long Island

• Bring along your favorite teddy bear for tea and cookies in Manhattan

• Meet characters of Blue's Clues after you see them perform live on Long Island


Kid-Friendly New Year's Eve Parties

Ring in 2013 with NYE Concert for Peace in Manhattan

Bounce into the New Year with party hats, sparkling cider, and a 12pm countdown on Long Island

• Plan for a Magical New Year's Party with a clown, balloon art, and juggling in Fairfield, CT

• Experience a Times Square-like countdown at 12pm and watch balloons drop in Westchester

• Get the NYE festivities started with a sing-along party in Staten Island

Count down with the Brooklyn Children's Museum and decorate your own hat and noisemaker

Catch fireworks, entertainment, and hot refreshments at Prospect Park in Brooklyn

• Make a bright star to wish upon at the End-of-Year Party in Westchester


First Day of the Year Fun

• Drop by Bear Mountain for ice skating, a ride on the carousel, or to see the zoo's animals in Rockland

• Start off on the right foot on a New Year Nature Hike on Long Island

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