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Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids in NYC 2013

Count down the minutes ‘til 2014 at these festive happenings around New York City for those spending New Year’s Eve with kids.

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Spending December 31 outside the safety of your apartment may seem like a daunting premise for city parents, but if you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve with kids, have no fear: These family-friendly events take place far from Times Square, and many are even during the day. Before staking out a spot to watch the fireworks, hit up a children’s museum for 2014-themed workshops, or snag tickets to a party at the Big Apple Circus or on a luxury cruise. (Either way, there’s no need to call a sitter.)


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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 coup de grace at midnight. 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.

  1. Prospect Park Prospect Park West to Flatbush Ave, between Prospect Park Southwest and Ocean Ave
  2. Wed Dec 31
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Emerald Nuts Midnight Run

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

The healthy snack brand sponsors this event, in which joggers ring in the New Year by sprinting a four-mile loop at an odd hour of the evening. Family members of all ages can view spectacular fireworks and join in the fun with music and dancing at the Bandshell. All ages.

  1. Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park 72nd St, at Fifth Ave
  2. Until Wed Jan 1
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New Year's Eve at CMOM

  • Price band: 1/4

In order to make sure the new year is filled with sparkle, tots will craft wishing wands, noisemakers and add their hopes and dreams for 2014 to a huge mural. Ages 1 to 4.

  1. Children's Museum of Manhattan 212 W 83rd St, between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway, 10024
  2. Tue Dec 31
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Dr. Phil’s Brooklyn Bridge Walk Into the New Year

  • Price band: 2/4

Tours begin 10:15pm. 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 (tours leave through 11:15pm). After tidbits about the bridge are revealed, participants will pause to scan the skyline for midnight fireworks. All ages.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Wed Dec 31
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New Year's Eve Party Ride

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Grassroots environmental organization Time's Up organizes this under-the-stars bike ride, which begins in Washington Square Park and ends at Central Park's Belvedere Castle. Participants are encouraged to wear festive outfits and bring treats for the outdoor after-party. Ages 10 and up for children riding on their own bikes; all ages if on a parent's bike.

  1. Washington Square Park W 4th St to Waverly Pl, between MacDougal St and University Pl
  2. Wed Dec 31
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New Year's Eve (Day) Party with Patrick

  • Price band: 1/4

At this daytime New Year's fete, children's musician Patrick Rafferty and his Rock-A-Silly band will entertain kids with his catchy tunes and have them all partied out before the sun sets. All ages.

  1. Staten Island Children's Museum 1000 Richmond Terr, at Snug Harbor Rd
  2. 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, jugglers, clowns and other acts entertain pint-size circusgoers during a performance of Luminocity. When the show's over, the Ringmaster will lead a countdown to midnight, complete with champagne for grownups and sparkling cider for kids. Ages 1 and up.

  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 Concert for Peace

  • Price band: 2/4

Wrap up 2013 with timeless works by Mozart, Handel and Haydn, joined by legendary vocalist Judy Collins and NBC correspondent Harry Smith, who will host the program. A limited number of free tickets will be available. Ages 6 and up.

  1. Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Ave, at 112th St
  2. Wed Dec 31
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New Year's Eve Family Fireworks Gala Aboard the Cornucopia Destiny

  • Price band: 4/4

Skip the crowds in Times Square and ring in the New Year in style aboard the Cornucopia Destiny. The party gets started as a DJ spins songs for all ages, while a dinner buffet will whet little ones' appetites. Then, as the clock strikes midnight, families can catch an unobstructed view of city fireworks from the vessel's decks. All ages.

  1. Pier 81 W 41st St, at the Hudson River
  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 craft their own festive hats to use during the evening's countdown to 2014 (if they can stay up that late!). Ages 1 to 5.

  1. Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Ave, at St. Marks Ave
  2. Until Tue Dec 31
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New York in a New Year Tour

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Say goodbye to 2013 with a reminder of how far New York City has come. Stroll through Lower Manhattan, learning about the area's history and architecture, while making stops at the Woolworth Building, the New York Stock Exchange and sites associated with Alexander Hamilton. Meet at the front steps of the U.S. Custom House at Bowling Green. Ages 8 and up.

  1. Bowling Green Bowling Green, at Broadway
  2. Wed Dec 31
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