Top New Year’s Eve Activities for Families in NYC, Long Island, & Westchester
There are plenty of ways to have fun with your kids on New Year’s Eve in New York to ring in 2022!
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FREE First Day Hike
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, 10:30am
WHERE: Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, 2957 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights
WHAT: Ramble through FDR State Park with your guides Walt and Jane Daniels, for a fun- and fact-filled First Day Hike. Easy 2-mile hike.
WANT TO GO? No leashed pets. Dress in warm layers with hats and gloves. Meet in the north end of the pool parking lot.
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 30, 6-8pm
WHERE: Planet Play, 418 Bedford Ave., Bellmore
WHAT: Blast into NYE with 2 hours of play, $11 arcade card, balloon drop, character appearances, Bingo, glow party and more!
WANT TO GO? $40 per child plus 1 adult; $10 additional adult. Advanced registration required.
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 30, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Brentwood Public Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood
WHAT: Get ready to ring in 2022 with some green screen photo fun! Drop by the Children's Department with your family to take photos in front of pre-selected festive backgrounds!
WANT TO GO? Green clothing is not recommended.
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 31, 6:30-11pm
WHERE: Long Island Aquarium, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead
WHAT: Bring the kids and join the aquarium for this annual celebration! The evening includes a cocktail hour, dessert and ice cream bar, crafts, DJ and dancing, mock midnight toast, and buffet dinner (includes beer & wine)
WANT TO GO? $130 ($117 members); $75 children ages 3-12 ($67.50 members); free for children ages 2 and younger. Advanced registration required.
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 31, 7-9pm
WHERE: Farmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale
WHAT: Farmingdale Village is hosting an early, family-friendly New Year's celebration. Ring in 2022 with a ball lighting with live music on the Village Green, weather permitting. Live music by Farmingdale's own Electric Dudes at the gazebo. Bring family, friends, noise makers, pots, and pans. The festivities conclude with the countdown and NYE ball lighting at 8:45pm. Dine and celebrate locally throughout the Village before and after the festivities.
WANT TO GO? 516-249-0093. farmingdalevillage.com
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 31, 6-8pm
WHERE: The Color Palette Lindenhurst, 51 W. Hoffman Ave., Lindenhurst
WHAT: Bring in 2022 with style! Painting, piñata, slime, pizza, and more! Parents get a 10-percent discount at local restaurants.
WANT TO GO? $28. Advanced registration required.
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 31, 2-8pm
WHERE: Bayville Adventure Park, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville
WHAT: Your New Year's celebration includes Santa's Toy Factory Funhouse, the Bayville Holiday Express Train Ride, Holiday Miniature Golf and Lights. Choose from an ice cream party, lunch party or dinner party.
WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $26.95 and $18.95 for children younger than 12. Advanced registration required.
FREE First Day Hike
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, 10am-3pm
WHERE: Jones Beach State Park, Field 10, 2400 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh
WHAT: Help bring in the new year with a free guided Seal Walk! Educators will be in the Field 10 Parking Lot directing folks where to look for seals. Dress for the weather, bring binoculars if you have them, and be prepared to walk along the beach.
WANT TO GO? Meet at Field 10, Energy & Nature Center. For inquiries, please email: [email protected].
FREE First Day Hike
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, 12pm
WHERE: Hallock State Park Preserve, 6062 Sound Ave., Riverhead
WHAT: Join biologists from the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society for the 5th Annual Hallock State Park Preserve First Day Beach Hike, Cold-Stun Sea Turtle Monitoring, and Beach Clean-up. Meet at the Visitor Center for a brief presentation on the four species of sea turtles that frequent Long Island waters and discussion of how we can help them when they become cold-stunned and stranded on local beaches. We will then proceed to the upper parking lot for a 2-mile beach hike on the preserve's beach front, where you will look for turtles and pick up any trash found before it can wash back into Long Island Sound and cause harm to marine life. Refreshments will be available.
WANT TO GO? Pre-registration is strongly recommended as group size is limited. Call or email [email protected] for more information and to register.
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, 12pm and 2:30pm
WHERE: The Garden City Hotel, 45 7th St., Garden City
AGE: 12 months to 12 years
WHAT: Your little one will step into the fairytale of their dreams surrounded by 7 of their favorite princesses! The Snow sisters and their royal friends are so excited to welcome you to this Third Annual Winter Ball and ring in the New Year with their most esteemed guests. Join the princesses for dancing, crafts, games, story-time, and incredibly Instagramable magic moments!
WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $47 per child and $12 per adult. Advanced registration required.
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