Just like that, another year is about to end, and a new one is ready to begin. If you’re looking for ways to ring in the New Year, or if your kids are going stir crazy from being off from school, we have just what you need. Ring in 2018 with this family friendly Phish-themed show, or at this daytime party, or make some New Year’s noise at this fun workshop. Plus, you can celebrate Kwanzaa at this annual exhibition. Need more options? Scroll on for more of our top event picks!

Photo: Emily Munroe


New Year’s Eve Family Lunch Cruise
Celebrate the New Year with a two-hour cruise on the Hudson and East Rivers, lunch buffet, onboard entertainment with a DJ, and more! Sun. Event Details.


Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt
Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station. To win, you’ll have to go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, learn a secret about the stars, find TV celebs in the food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost” train and think like Willy Wonka in the Transit Museum Gallery. Sat. Event Details.


Vacation Week Art Workshop
Kid can design wearable works of art inspired by drawings and costumes on view in the current exhibitions in the museum. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Design Kids Workshop
Design Kids introduces families to design, and includes free admission to the museum for the day. Fri.-Sat. Event Details.

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
Ring in the New Year at CMOM! To prepare for New Year’s you’ll be creating party hats, glasses, and noisemakers. Don’t miss the very special afternoon ball drop on New Year’s Eve for all those kids (and parents!) who won’t be up at midnight. Sat. Event Details.


Phamily Celebration with Kids Gone Phishing
Join Rock and Roll Playhouse for an early NYE celebration with the whole family and get down to the music of Phish’s best jams! Toast the New Year at noon and dance the day away with fun games, movement, stories and the classic Phish tunes you know and love. Sun. Event Details.

New Year’s Jazz Brunch for Kids
Looking for a fun way to celebrate the New Year with the whole family? Join the Rock and Roll Playhouse in a jazz-filled kick-off to 2018! Count down the New Year and dance the day away with fun games, movement, stories and the musical stylings of Lucy Kalatari & The Jazz Cats. Sat. Event Details.

9th Annual Celebrate Kwanzaa!
Families will learn about this African-American holiday and explore Kwanzaa’s seven principles of unity through a variety of workshops, storytelling, and programming. Fri.-Sat. Event Details.


Mornings @ MOMI
This early access hour, before the Museum is open to the general public, will allow visitors of all ages to explore the exhibitions and participate in art making projects, facilitated by Museum educators. Sat. Event Details.

Little Makers: Make Some Noise
3 … 2 … 1 … Happy New Year! Ring in the New Year as you discover the physics of sound. Design and make noisemakers to use for your family’s holiday celebration. Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

New Year’s Eve Daytime Party
Ring in the New Year at the Staten Island Children’s Museum! Celebrate with music, games, crafts, light refreshments and a count down to 2018. Sun. Event Details.

What was your favorite moment of 2017? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson