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New Year’s Eve Family Friendly Events

December 27, 2012

Are you ready to ring in 2012 in style? We sure hope so! There are tons of fun events and celebrations happening around here, all designed to help you celebrate New Years like a true Brooklynite. If you want to relish in true New Years Eve excitement, then you must ring in the new year at Brooklyn’s biggest party: fireworks at Grand Army Plaza! You can also celebrate the start of 2012 by walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Wishing you peace, joy, more triumphs than trials, a rocking weekend and a… Happy New Year!!!

Monday, December 31st at 11pm
New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Grand Army Plaza
Ring in the New Year at Brooklyn’s Biggest party! There will be entertainment, hot refreshments (hot chocolate), and… FIREWORKS! Woohoo! The celebrations will start off around 11pm so get there early. And, of course we’ve got the best places for viewing the fireworks that begin at 12 am: inside the Park on the West Drive, along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street, and anywhere in Grand Army Plaza.
Details: FREE for all. All are welcomed.

Monday, December 31st at 11:15 pm
Brooklyn’s New Year Run!

Prospect Park New Years Eve 5K – brought to you by Brooklyn Road Runners and Skechers.  What better way to celebrate the New Year then with a 5K in Prospect Park? This is the only nighttime race in Prospect Park all year. This 3 miler follows an out and back course from 9th Street that heads South towards Coney Island Avenue and turns around at the Lincoln Road Entrance to the Park. Time it just right – just right – and you’ll cross the finish line with fireworks bursting in the sky over Grand Army Plaza (12 am). Get there sooner and you’ll have plenty of time to join the crowds down there replete in the your brand new fleece hats (for the first 300 registered) and glow necklaces (for all) and warmed by hot chocolate and perhaps a sparkling cider. Runners, walkers and families welcome.  Added inspiration to finish early? There will be gifts from Skechers to first 100 runners and Skecher shoe certificates for first male and female finisher and last male and female finisher!  Packet pick-up begins at 10:15 PM on 12/31 at 9th street inside the Park entrance.  Start: 11:15 PM Transit: F/G train to 7th avenue. Cost: $25 through 12/23, $30 from 12/23 to 12/30, $40 race day. Register here.

Monday, December 31st from 10 am- 5 pm
MoMath Exhibitions at the Museum of Mathematics
Welcome to NYC’s newest museum — the Museum of Mathematics! More than 30 exhibitions reveal the wonders of math in this 19,000-square-foot space. Interactive, hands-on, engaging and fun, the exhibitions invite participation, encourage experimentation, and spark curiosity in visitors of all ages and math skills. They bring math concepts to life in ways that amaze, astound enlighten and entertain. Many have surprising outcomes that stimulate visitors to want to understand why.
Details: 11 East 26th Street (between 5th and Madison Avenues), NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $15/adults; $9/children. Contact: (212) 542-0566. Visit the website for more information.

Monday, January 31st: 11 am and 1 pm shows
Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical
Angelina and her friends are back and planning a holiday dance pageant. True to Angelina form, this lively show also features dancing, singing and festivities, this heart-warming musical is perfect for everyone’s holiday season!
The musical is held on Saturdays at Sundays at 11am and 1pm with holiday shows Tickets are $29.50 per person or $49.50 for Premium Section. IMO, the regular seats are just fine at this theatre and you don’t need to purchase the premium seats. The Vital Theater is located at 2162 Broadway, 4th Floor, at 76th Street, New York, NY. For additional information, please click here.

Monday, December 31st at 3pm
New Year’s Eve Party at Mable’s Smokehouse
Let’s face it: if you have an infant or toddler, you’re probably not going to be partying the night away come midnight. Bummer, huh? Not quite. Turns out, you can party the DAY away at Maple’s Smokehouse and Banquet Hall. Celebrate with BBQ, drink specials, kids, and adults. It’ll be a blast!  They will have drink specials and party favors for the kiddos. Come ring in the New Year with local families!
Details: 44 Berry Street (Entrance on North 11th). 646.246.1931.


Monday, December 31st beginning at 10:15pm and 11:15 pm
Brooklyn Bridge Walk Into the New Year
Okay. So, how cool would it be to say that you celebrated the start of 2012 by partying on the Brooklyn bridge?! Like, totally. Right?! Then, what are you waiting for? DO IT! Join in the fun for the 18th Annual Brooklyn Bridge Walk Into the New Year. NYC’s  tour guides will lead you around the City Hall area and the Brooklyn Bridge to learn little known facts about the 19th century’s greatest technical marvel. Enjoy free refreshments for those who arrive early! – snacks and a warm drink — coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.  Free prizes — tee-shirts, postcards and other gifts included for the first 300 that show up whether you prepay by credit card online or pay cash on the spot.  If history repeats itself, fireworks will be visible from Central Park, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and New Jersey as well as the Empire State Building light show.
Details: Registration for the walk begins at 9:45PM. $50 cash; $40 credit card online.  Multiple walks will be launched between 10:15PM and 11:15PM. Meeting Place: Outside McDonald’s Restaurant, 160 Broadway between Liberty and Courtlandt Streets, New York City. To book the tour, go to  December calendar and scroll down to December 31st, or call (888) 377-4455.
Check the website above.


Monday, December 31st from 1-3 pm
Needlecrafts at Lefferts
Children will witness how kids spent their weekend before there was television, iPad apps, and smartphones with this needlecraft workshop.
Details: Lefferts Historic House is located at the Children’s Corner, inside the Willink entrance (intersection of Ocean and Flatbush Avenues and Empire Boulevard). Free of charge. 718.287.6215×104


Monday, December 31st: 12- 7 pm
Ann Hamilton’s The Event of a Thread at Park Avenue Armory
This spectacular show is a worth a trip into the city with your kids- and it’s open this Monday- just for New Year’s Eve. It’s such an event that everyone I know is talking about it. You and your kids will love to swing on the old-fashioned large swings with fabric billowing around you. The New York Times, “…surprisingly visceral…the air filled with sounds of glee”
643 Park Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets.  $12 General Admission $10 Students (with ID), Seniors (65+),  Groups (8 or more) FREE: Children 10 and under

Monday, December 31
The Little Engine That Could Puppet Show

The classic tale of The Little Engine That Could ™ is brought to life in an exciting presentation by New York City puppet master Ralph Lee. The whole family can join the fun to get the determined train over the mountain! The show is included when you buy tickets to the Holiday Train Show.
Details: The New York Botanical Garden  Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) at Fordham Road Bronx, New York.