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Online and In-Person New Year's Activities for Families

Online and In-Person New Year's Activities for Families

There are still plenty of fun and exciting in-person and online New Year's events in the New York area.


It's time to (finally) say goodbye to 2020 with your family! Here are events throughout New York and ones you can tune into from the comfort of your home to help you ring in 2021 in the most fun way possible during a pandemic.  

Celebrate New Year's Online

ONLINE New Year's Eve Times Square Ball Drop
WHEN: Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 2021, 6pm
WHERE: Times Square - Online
WHAT: Each year, millions of viewers watch the Times Square Ball Drop from NYC and around the globe, and this year, for the first time ever, the event will be televised only with the traditional ball drop, live performances and special guests to be announced.
AGES: All
WANT TO GO? timessquarenyc.org

ONLINE Holiday Story Time: New Year's Eve
WHEN: Dec. 31, anytime
WHERE: Lynbrook Public Library - Online
WHAT: Join Mrs. B. for holiday story time on the Lynbrook Public Library website or on Facebook after 11am.
AGES: All
WANT TO GO? Free. facebook.com/lynbrookpubliclibrary

ONLINE Holiday Story Time: New Year's Day
WHEN: Jan. 1, 2021, anytime
WHERE: Lynbrook Public Library - Online
WHAT: Join Mrs. B. for holiday story time on the Lynbrook Public Library website or on Facebook after 11am.
AGES: All
WANT TO GO? Free. facebook.com/lynbrookpubliclibrary

ONLINE New Year's Confetti Poppers
WHEN: Dec. 28, 1pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach
WHAT:  Learn how to make your own confetti poppers to ring in the New Year. Supplies can be picked up via the library's curb side service. (Registration required).
AGES: Tween
WANT TO GO? Free with Westhampton Free Library Card

ONLINE New Year's Paint Event
WHEN: Dec. 29, 2-3pm
WHERE: Key to My Art Amityville
WHAT:  Celebrate the NEW YEAR and learn to paint a fun NYE city skyline painting! Step by step instruction - no experience necessary! All levels welcome!
AGES: All Ages
WANT TO GO? $15 per device (siblings can share)

Celebrate New Year's in Nassau

Family New Year's Eve Party Lunch
WHEN: 
Dec. 31, 2-4pm
WHERE: Bayville Adventure Park, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville
WHAT: Celebrate New Years and have lunch at Shipwreck Holiday tavern. Book reservations online. Many add-on's available.
AGES: All
WANT TO GO? $34.95; $24.95 ages 10 and younger

Family New Year's Eve Party Dinner
WHEN: 
Dec. 31, 6-8pm
WHERE: Bayville Adventure Park, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville
WHAT: Celebrate New Years and have dinner at Shipwreck Holiday tavern. Book reservations online. Many add-on's available.
AGES: All
WANT TO GO? $34.95; $24.95 ages 10 and younger

Family New Year's Eve Ice Cream Party
WHEN: 
Dec. 31, 2-3:30pm
WHERE: Bayville Adventure Park, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville
WHAT: Have a lunch party at Beaches and Cream Ice Cream Parlour. Make reservations online. S'more kit available for additional $6.75 per person. 
AGES: All
WANT TO GO? $26.95; 18.95 ages 10 and younger



New Year's Bowling
WHEN: 
Dec. 31 - Jan. 1, 2021 , 9am-11:30pm
WHERE: AMF SYOSSET LANES, 111 Eileen Way, Syosset
WHAT: Celebrate the New Year on your own lane with special packages for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day that the whole family will enjoy!
Packages include*:
Unlimited Bowling + Shoes 
Signature Menu 
Champagne (or Sparkling Cider) Toast
New Year’s Party Favors 
**Restrictions may apply, check with bowling center for availability.
AGES: All
WANT TO GO? $31.99 per person

Arcade Age Exhibit - December Break Activities
WHEN: 
Dec. 26 - Jan. 3, 2021 , 11am, 1pm, and 3pm, daily (closed Jan 1 for New Year's Day)
WHERE: Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City
WHAT: Back by Popular Demand- not only can you play the arcade classics, but the exhibit tells the story of video arcade games; from the pioneers in the early 40s and 50s to the golden age in the late 70s and early 80s to its crash, revival and ultimate decline in the 90s. The exhibit tells the story of the creative and innovative people who explored groundbreaking technologies, the games that sprung from their ingenuity and a culture that was shaped by their developments.... complete with over 50 unforgettable playable favorites like Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Space Invaders, Centipede, Donkey Kong and more. • Masks required • Gloves required (and supplied) • Limited entry to maintain social distance • Machines are cleaned in between each session 
AGES: Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult
WANT TO GO? $16; $14 Child, plus $10 per person Arcade Exhibit

Celebrate New Year's in Suffolk 

Fishes & Wishes New Year's Eve Dinner
WHEN: 
Dec. 31, 2020, 6:30-9:30pm
WHERE: Long Island Aquarium, 431 East Main Street, Riverhead
WHAT: Bring the family to the Long Island Aquarium’s annual Fishes & Wishes New Year’s Eve Dinner. This family-style feast includes four courses plus complimentary beer and wine, a penguin appearance, fireworks on the riverfront and a mock midnight toast. Reservations required. All prices plus tax. 
AGES: All Ages
WANT TO GO?  $99 (Members: $89); $60 (Members: $55) children 3-12; $5 children 2 and younger

First Day Hike and Beach Clean-up
WHEN: Jan. 1, 2021, 12pm
WHERE: 
Hallock State Park Preserve, 6062 Sound Avenue, Riverhead
WHAT: Start the New Year off right with some exercise and a good cause. Join the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society for a small group, social distanced beach walk while helping local marine life by monitoring for cold-stunned sea turtles and helping up pick up beach trash. All ages welcome. Bring face covering. Pre-registration required: 631-315-5475 or hallocksp@parks.ny.gov
AGES: All
WANT TO GO? Free

Celebrate New Year's in Rockland

All You Can Race
WHEN: 
Dec. 31,, 3-6pm
WHERE: 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
WHAT:  Join Autobahn Indoor Speedway on New Years Eve and end 2020 with ALL YOU CAN RACE!! For more info on times, visit the website.
AGES: Tween, Teen, Adult
WANT TO GO? $60 sign up for the all you can race deal here: http://autobahnspeed.com/unlimited-racing/

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