Five New Years Events For the Kiddies

The holidays are over. The presents unwrapped. The new toys are already feeling old to the kids. And school doesn’t start up again until January. What do we do NOW?

This post is for the folks who can no longer make it up past midnight on New Years Eve because they’ve BEEN UP since 6am catering to their little ones’ every need. Here are FIVE ways to entertain your youngins this New Years!

1.The Harlem Globetrotters, White Plains, NY and other locations

Young fans of basketball and/or theatrics alike will love a chance to watch the famous Globetrotters do their “basketball artistry” and “ball handling wizardry!” On Monday, December 31st, the Globetrotters will be at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY for an 11am show to help ring in your New Year!

You can also catch them earlier in the week at Newark's Prudential Center at 6pm on December 30th, Uniondale’s Nassau Coliseum at 2pm and 7pm on December 28th, Brooklyn’s Barclays’ Center at 7pm on December 27th and Madison Square Garden at 12:30pm on December 27th.

2. Ring in the New Year at Noon in New Roc City, New Rochelle, NY

For the 9th year in a row, New Rochelle will celebrate New Years Eve on the early side with their annual “Ring in the New Year at Noon” event geared towards kids aged 2-10.  Festivities begin at 10:30am on Monday, December 31st at 33 LeCount Place in New Roc City with face painting, kiddie rides, performances, sports and arts and crafts. Then at noon, kids and their parents will be overjoyed as over 3,000 balloons descend from above in a family friendly simulation of the Times Square NYE countdown! Admission to the event is $10 per family of 4 and all proceeds will be donated to the New Rochelle Library Foundation.

3. Frozen Sing-A-Long, Stamford, CT

Dress your kids in their favorite Anna, Elsa or Kristoff gear and head over to Stamford’s Palace Theater at 3pm on Sunday, December 30th for a sing-a-long version of Frozen on the Palace’s big screen! Tickets are $10 per person.

4. New Years at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, UWS

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan will be partying all weekend long this New Years. Stop by between noon and 1:45pm on Saturday, December 29th, Sunday, December 30th or Monday, December 31st to make some New Years Eve noisemakers! On those same days the museum will also offer a hat and funny glasses craft to ensure your child is dressed in style for this NYE.

On Monday, December 31st the fun continues at 2pm with a rocking New Year’s Eve Party featuring DJ Ayo NiSh!

5. Rekindle the Christmas Spirit, Various NYC Locations

Santa may be back at the North Pole but if you still have some Christmas spirit left in you, there is plenty of Christmas cheer to go around this New Years. New York Hall of Science in Flushing, Queens keeps its massive gingerbread house display up through Monday, January 21st. GingerBread Lane is home to the largest gingerbread village and its included in your regular museum admission. There is so much to see and do inside NYSci - you cannot go wrong with a visit.  

The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show is also full steam ahead through Monday, January 21st in the Bronx. AND if you head there the weekend of December 29th through 31st, you can also catch a performance of All Aboard with Thomas & Friends, going on at various times on those days and included in your admission price.

And a smaller but FREE annual Holiday Train Show can be found at the New York Transit Museum Gallery & Store at Grand Central Terminal through February 24, 2019!

Finally, you can still visit the Bank of America Winter Village and its free ice skating rink and rink side food hall, the Lodge by Urbanspace, in Manhattan’s Bryant Park through March 3rd! The accompanying holiday shops at Bryant Park stay open through Wednesday, January 2nd.