Dec 27-Jan 1: Weekend Highlights by NYMetroParents
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Pirates, Penguins, and Kid-Friendly New Year's Eve Celebrations
Dec. 27-29
Prospect Park NYE


Ring in the New Year with fireworks, hot chocolate, and holiday entertainment at Brooklyn's Prospect Park for free, or explore the science behind noisemakers that the kids can make to celebrate 2014 in Manhattan. Scroll down to Dec. 31 below for more kid-friendly New Year's Eve parties.

Jigsaw Jones and the Case of the Class Clown


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Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014
22nd Annual Celebrate! Party Showcase
Park Ridge Marriott, Park Ridge, NJ
Meet more than 60 exhibitors who will introduce the newest, hottest and most unique ideas for your child's birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, sweet 16 celebrations and more. Sample foods, meet DJs and photographers and have fun.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014
RCSN: Special Camp Fair
Hotel Pennsylvania, Manhattan
Meet experts from more than 70 camps and programs for kids of all abilities. Spanish and sign language interpreter available. Hosted by Resources for Children with Special Needs.

Top 20 Activities for Kids

Friday, Dec. 27

• Tip your hat to wildlife in a really cool way at the Bronx Zoo. Also Saturday and Sunday

• Stir up some trouble with loads of bubbles at the Long Island Children’s Museum

• Feel the beat with the Blue Man Group in Fairfield County, CT. Also Saturday and Sunday

• Enjoy the classic comedy of an authentic vaudeville show with a modern flare in Queens. Also Saturday and Sunday

• Learn about Kwanzaa and create your own Unity Cup at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan

• Catch a family-friendly flick in Brooklyn

Meet the animals and hear a story at the Bergen County Zoo in NJ

Saturday, Dec. 28

• Use your imagination to travel to Italy in Fairfield County, CT. Also on Sunday

• Train to be a swashbuckling buccaneer at Pirate School in Manhattan

• Sing, dance, and laugh along with the Paper Bag Players' new show, Hiccup Help, in Westchester County. Also on Sunday

Continued Below...

Party-Planning Central!

birthday parties

Make this year's party the best ever! Check out our birthday guide for all your local party needs.

Indoor Activity Guide

indoor guide

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Saturday, Dec. 28 (cont'd)

• Rock out with the Bossy Frog Band during a special holiday show in Rockland County

Animate your own cartoon at Sony Wonder Technology Lab in Manhattan

Celebrate Kwanzaa with fun for the whole family at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum

• Take a stroll to see the seals on Long Island. Also on Sunday

Sunday, Dec. 29

• Join the magical puppet-filled adventure of Jack and the Beanstalk in Westchester County

• Enjoy fine art as a family on Long Island

• Laugh out loud with Ralphie Parker during his misadventures in A Christmas Story the Musical in Manhattan

• Capture your vision for the New Year and create your own hanging calendar at Wave Hill in the Bronx

• Ring in the New Year and party like a penguin on Long Island

• Break out the board games and win a prize at Family Bingo Night at the Moxie Spot in Brooklyn

Ring in the New Year: What to do for the long holiday break

Monday, Dec. 30

• Team up with your favorite whiz kid for Holiday Jeopardy in Westchester County

Make your own puppet pal at the museum of the Moving Image in Queens. Also on Tuesday

• Channel your inner wizard during a Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan

• Brush up on those chess skills in Brooklyn

• Sing some songs, meet a racoon, and learn about silly stuff that gets stuck in chimenys with Dusty, the Cockney Chimney Sweep at the Long Island Children's Museum

Tuesday, Dec. 31

• Countdown to 12 at an Out of This World New Year's Eve party with a 12pm ball drop and extreme dance party on Long Island

• Jump sky high for the New Year's Eve Countdown at 12pm at Pump It Up of Great Neck or Pump It Up in Plainview, both on Long Island

• Join the party and catch a balloon drop at 12pm during Happy Noon Year in Fairfield County, CT

• Tiny tots learn about New Year's Day and make party hats to welcome 2014 in Brooklyn

• Enjoy free hot cocoa and explore the Whaling Museum on Long Island

• Create sparkly, Grinch-inspired wands and make a wish for the New Year in Manhattan

• Meet live animals, make crafts and participate in a mock-midnight toast at the annual Fishes & Butterfly Wishes Family New Year's celebration on Long Island

Wednesday, Jan. 1

Howl in the New Year at the Wolf Conservation Center in Westchester County

• Hang out with Thomas the Tank Engine and all of his friends at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx

• Jump into 2014 with New Year's Day Open Bounce at Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Rockland County

• Experience the Spirit of New York on a New Year's Cruise around New York Harbor

• Get a taste of Gingerbread Lane at the NY Hall of Science in Queens

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