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New Year's Eve with kids: Top ways to celebrate NYE 2013 with kids

Our guide to NYE 2013 is full of great ways to ring in New Year's Eve with kids including New Year's Eve events, fireworks, family cruises and other activities.

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Spending New Year's Eve with kids in tow in New York City is easier than you think! Many of our favorite institutions offer special New Year's activities especially for families. Other fun holiday options: See a movie, attend a free event or go ice skating. No matter how you ring in 2014, have a happy new year!

When is New Year's Eve?

New Year's Eve is on December 31, 2013—it falls on the last day of each year.

New Year's Eve events

New Year's Eve at CMOM

  • Price band: 1/4

In order to make sure the new year is filled with sparkle, tots will

  1. Children's Museum of Manhattan 212 W 83rd St, between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway, 10024
  2. Until Tue Dec 31
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3, 2, 1...Happy New Year!

  • Price band: 1/4

So long, 2013! At this New Year's Eve workshop, little ones will

  1. Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Ave, at St. Marks Ave
  2. Until Tue Dec 31
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New Year's Eve at the Big Apple Circus

  • Price band: 2/4

Ring in 2014 circus-style. First, acrobats, trapeze artists,

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Until Tue Dec 31
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New Year's Eve Fireworks in Prospect Park

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Take the clan to Prospect Park for hot refreshments and a bombastic

  1. Prospect Park Prospect Park West to Flatbush Ave, between Prospect Park Southwest and Ocean Ave
  2. Until Tue Dec 31
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More New Year's events for kids

New Year's Eve activities

Watch a new movie

Animated tales, popular sequels and dino-themed stories make up the best movies playing for families this winter.

Take part in a free event

With our guide to free activities for kids over winter break, your brood can have fun without spending a dime.

View holiday windows

Scroll through our slide shows and get a look at the holiday windows and displays at New York City's legendary department stores.

Have a family movie night

Staying in for NYE? Rent one of our favorite family flicks and have a movie night. Don't forget the popcorn!


Skating rinks

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

  • Price band: 2/4

The most famous of rinks is still as cramped as ever. Unless you plan

  1. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, (between 49th and 50th Sts)
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Van Cortlandt Park Ice Skating Rink

The long-awaited uptown rink boasts lengthy public skating sessions,

  1. Van Cortlandt Park, (Broadway at 242nd St)
More info

Trump Lasker Rink

  • Price band: 1/4

This rink is less crowded than Wollman, but go for the hockey:

  1. Central Park, (enter at W 110th and Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave)), 10026
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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

  • Free

During the winter months, Bryant Park opens a no-charge

  1. Sixth Ave, (between 40th and 42nd Sts)
More info
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New Year's Eve hotel

Marriott Marquis Hotel

  • Price band: 4/4
  1. 1535 Broadway between 45th and 46th Sts
More info

Novotel Hotel

  • Price band: 4/4
  1. 226 W 52nd St between Broadway and Eighth Ave
More info

Yotel New York

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 570 Tenth Ave at 42nd St
More info
  1. 714 Seventh Avenue at 48th St
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Winter activities

Holiday Train Show

  • Critics choice

Some 150 landmarks featured in NYBG's popular diorama are made

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Until Sun Jan 12
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ReMake the Holidays

  • Price band: 1/4

Budding scientists make their mark on the holiday season through

  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Until Mon Dec 30
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"Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games"

  • Price band: 1/4

This hands-on exhibition pays homage to indie video games with more

  1. Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35th Ave, at 37th St, 11106
  2. Until Sun Mar 2
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Jim Henson Favorites

The Museum of the Moving Image has decided to count down to the 2015

  1. Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35th Ave, at 37th St, 11106
  2. Until Wed Jan 1
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