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New Year’s Eve for kids in NYC

From fireworks to concerts, our guide is packed with family-friendly fun for an unforgettable New Year's Eve with kids in NYC.

Photograph: © JLP/Jose L. Pelaez/Corbis

Counting down 'til the new year? Us too! Have a special New Years Eve for kids this year with fun activities for kids, a family story time or even by grabbing a babysitter to do the work for you! Be sure to check up on what's new on Netflix for kids, order a cheesy NYC pizza pie or—if you're feeling adventurous—even cook up a cool dinner together

When is New Year's Eve?

New Year's Eve is on Wednesday, December 31, 2016—it falls on the last day of each year.

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New Year's Eve Fireworks in Prospect Park

Take the clan to Prospect Park for hot refreshments and a bombastic coup de grace at midnight. Before the big show, enjoy live entertainment by DJ C. Live featuring the Brooklyn Mash It Up Band. The best viewing locations include anywhere in Grand Army Plaza, inside the park on the West Drive, and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. All ages.

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Big Apple Circus: The Grand Tour

Gotham's favorite circus troupe kicks off its 38th season with a brand-new production, transporting families to the Roaring 20s when ships, planes, trains and automobiles transformed travel as we knew it. Under the direction of Ringmaster John Kennedy Kane, the professional performers will wow young circusgoers with acts inspired by far-flung places like Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. Duck under the Big Top to witness fearless aerialists, gravity-defying acrobats, impressive jugglers and silly clowns perform alongside talented ponies and pups, accompanied by live tunes from the seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band. When the clock strikes midnight, audience members can sip champagne and cider and dance around in the circus ring! Ages 3 and up.

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Join Hill Country Brooklyn for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve party where kids can play games, get their faces painted and join in on singalongs. Don’t miss the 8pm countdown and ball drop! A Kids’ Special will be offered ($8.50) that comprises ⅛ lb brisket, longhorn cheddar mac & cheese and a chocolate chunk cookie. Parents can enjoy happy hour specials throughout the day. All ages.

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Dr. Phil’s Brooklyn Bridge Walk Into the New Year

Tours begin at 10:15pm and 11:15pm. Meet in front of McDonald’s, 160 Broadway between Cortlandt and Liberty Sts. Subway: A, C to Broadway–Nassau St; J, Z, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Fulton St. Guides trained by historian and tour leader Dr. Phil Schoenberg will accompany multiple groups to the iconic landmark to take in the New Year. After tidbits about the bridge are revealed, participants will pause to scan the skyline for midnight fireworks. Make a reservation by phone or email if you plan to pay in cash. All ages.

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