Looking for a New Year’s Eve celebration the whole family can enjoy? We’ve rounded up kid-friendly festivities like daytime museums parties, free public gatherings, special performances, and even a January 1 event to get things rolling in the New Year. Read on to find your clan’s New Year’s party match!

photo: photo: Ripley's Believe it or Not

For an Unbelievable Evening

Believe it — Ripley's Believe it or Not is hosting an all ages bash to remember. Not only can revelers take in the odd and unusual artifacts from all corners of the globe, they can also test their skills at the attraction's "Impossible Laser Race." Also enjoy a a DJ dance party, face-painting for kids, light snacks, party favors for all guests and a champagne toast at midnight for adults. Plus, a five-hour premium open bar for guests 21 and older.

8 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Tickets: $149/person
234 W. 42nd St.
Online:  balldrop.com


photo: Alfonso F. via Yelp

Get Inspired at the Children’s Museum of the Arts

The Children's Museum of the Arts will be crafting and celebrating on New Year's Eve day. Craft some fireworks in the Clay Bar (advance registration required); take a workshop on one-point perspective and look back at the year; make a mask for a masquerade ball; craft a wall calendar or day-to-day school planner, or make a stop-motion animation of your New Year's wish or colorful fireworks!

Sun., Dec. 31, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Children’s Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton St.
Online: cmany.org/classes-and-activities

photo: Pablo Enriquez

To Celebrate With Italy & Eataly

Yet another option for families that will be asleep when the clock actually strikes 12 is Eataly NYC Downtown. From 5 to 9 p.m. its Orto e Mare restaurant will have hands-on games and activities paired with kid-approved Italian dishes like pizza and pasta, as well as fun mocktails. (Parents can enjoy overflowing bubbly if so desired.) The festivities will also feature a countdown to midnight in Italy, which here is at the civilized hour of 6 p.m.! Head home after sweet treats of hot chocolate and panettone.  Click here to buy tickets. 

Dec. 31, 5 - 9 p.m.
Tickets: $80/adults; $40/kids
Eataly NYC Downtown
Level 3 of World Trade Center Tower 4
Daily, 7a.m.-11 p.m.
Online: eataly.com

Get Freaky as a Family at Coney Island

For the edgy family with a sense of freaky fun, Coney Island is the place to ring in the new year. This event is brought to you by Funhouse Philosophers, an area non-profit arts organization. The evening's schedule of events includes "New Years Eve in Heaven", a performance art collaboration by Dick Zigun, "The Unelected Mayor of Coney Island"; an 11 p.m. walk to the boardwalk for the Parachute Jump Midnight Ball Drop (digital ball drop with 8,000 illuminated L.E.D. lights), and a Coney Island Circus Sideshow fire finale. Doors open at 8 p.m. with half-price beer and wine until midnight.

December 31, 9 p.m.- 1 a.m.
Tickets: $40 in advance; $50 at the door
Online: coneyisland.com

photo: Anthony Quintano via Flickr

Set Sail with New Year’s Eve Family Cruises

Celebrate in high style on the water together! Enjoy tasty passed appetizers (Lafayette pizette, mini Bahn Mi sandwiches, Nantucket crab pot pit, greenie pinwheels), beer, wine, juice, and soft drinks, and a grand harbor view of NYC's fireworks and the skyline. Miss the Times Square ball drop? A television on board will broadcast the festivities from Midtown.

Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m. check-in; 9 p.m. departure
Tickets: $169/child (infant to 12); $199/adult
NY Water Taxi
Pier 81
W. 41st Street and 12th Ave. 
Online: nywatertaxi.com

photo: photo: Jeffrey C. via Yelp

To Roll Into the New Year

This year, Brooklyn Bowl is offering double the fun for New Year's. On New Year's eve, stop by for Family Bowl from 11 a.m. to  5 p.m.,, or drop in on January 1 for Family Bowl from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.. During both, the alley's brunch menu and kids menu will be served.Bot hare all ages and no cover

Additionally, the venue will be hosting a New Year's Eve Phamily Celebration courtesy of the Rock and Roll Playhouse. An hour-long show will feature Kids Gone Phishing with Uncle Ebenezer. The show is recommended for families with kids ages seven and younger. 

Kids Gone Phishing
December 31, 11 a.m.
Tickets: $12/person in advance; $15/person at door, kids under 1 free

Online: brooklynbowl.com

New Year's Eve Family Bowl
Dec. 31, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Online: brooklynbowl.com

New Year's Day Family Bowl
Jan 1., 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Online: brooklynbowl.com

Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave.
Online: brooklynbowl.com

photo: New York City Ballet/Paul Kolnik

Take a Spin at George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet

If you prefer a quiet afternoon (well, relatively, there’s still the giant growing tree), head over to Lincoln Center for a magical two-hour performance of the holiday classic by the New York City Ballet.

Dec. 31, 1 p.m.
Tickets: $85 and up/person
David H. Koch Theater
20 Lincoln Center Plaza
Online: NYCBallet.com

Get Centered at the New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace

Feeling the need for some unity and peace? Take the whole family to this annual NYC tradition of music, candlelight and goodwill, which was founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984. This year's concert will feature Haydn’s Te Deum and continue with the U.S. premiere of See the Wretched Strangers by composer Lucas Wiegerink. Then, a series of songs about our shared Earth continues the theme of neighborly compassion and the renewal of hope for the coming year. Finally, chorales from Leonard Bernstein’s own Mass will be performed. 

Dec. 31, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: Free on a first come, first served basis (limited),
General admission: $40/person; $100-$150/reserved
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St.
Upper West Side
Online: stjohndivine.org

photo: Prospect Park Alliance

Get Bang for No Bucks at the New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Prospect Park

Prospect Park's New Year's Eve nighttime celebration is a favorite among Brooklynites, but you could spend a lot of the day in the park too! 

The evening festivities, brought to you by the Prospect Park Alliance and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams feature an annual fireworks celebration, live music and more. Locations for viewing the fireworks include Grand Army Plaza, the Park’s West Drive, and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.

During the day, head to the Audubon Center for nature-inspired games and Alliance Naturalist-led projects, or check out the Lefferts Historic House for some historic crafting for a $3 suggested donation. 

Dec. 31, 10:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Tickets: Free
Prospect Park & Grand Army Plaza
Park Slope
Online: Prospect Park NYE

Celebrate the New Year With a Ball Drop at 12 NOON

The Children's Museum of Manhattan is hosting its popular 12 p.m. ball drop again this year, along with tons of other festive crafts and activities on both Saturday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Kids can create a special hat and funny glasses to ring in the New Year in style or make a noisemaker for celebrating. (Times throughout the day; Advance sign-up required for hat and glasses workshop, recommended for ages six and up.)

The New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Parade will take place at Noon, as well as 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday. 

Dec. 30 & 31
Tickets: $12/person; free for museum members and children under one
212 W. 83rd St.
Upper West Side
Online: cmom.org

What’s your family-friendly way to welcome a new year? Tell us your plans in the comments below!

—Ilyssa Smith