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    What to do this New Year's Eve weekend: Dec 30-Jan 3 event picks

    Wed Dec 30

    2010 is upon us! We're sure you want to send off 2009 with a bang, and you can with fireworks in Prospect Park , just one of many family-friendly New Year's Eve options , including a midnight run, an after-dark bike ride and a big bash at Dave & Buster's in Times Square. If you're looking for free fun on New Year's Day, MoMA is offering free admission from 4 to 8pm, or you can watch the Coney Island Polar Bears take a frigid dip in the Atlantic. On Saturday, catch a free flamenco performance at Lincoln Center, hit the JCC's open house or hear the final installment in Bryant Park's Le Carrousel's complimentary storytelling series. On Sunday, free options include complimentary admission to the New York Hall of Science from 10 to 11am, and an art workshop at Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park. If you're willing to spend a few bucks, other weekend amusements include screenings of The Muppets Take Manhattan at Symphony...

    Free classes at the American Tap Dance Foundation

    Wed Dec 30

    Tapping tots can check out the American Tap Dance Foundation's offerings as well as its new Christopher Street digs at three January open houses: Wed, Jan 6 and Wed Jan 13 from 2:30 to 4:30pm, or Sat Jan 16 from noon to 1pm. Kids ages 3 1/2 are invited to take a sample class (tap shoes not required) and to meet the school's teachers. Sounds like a fun way to dance into 2010! For more info visit atdf.org or call 646-230-9564. 154 Christopher St Ste 2B, between Greenwich and Washington Sts.

    Wednesday's pick of the day: Doll & Teddy Bear Party

    Wed Dec 30

    Don't leave home without Teddy today! Kids are invited to tote along their favorite doll or stuffed animal to Historic Richmond Town for a grand holiday celebration . Little ones can hang with other NYC kiddos and their teddies while feasting on sweets and listening to stories. The bash costs a cool $8 per tyke—and bears are admitted for free!

    Last chance for two great exhibits

    Wed Dec 30

    If you're looking for a way to fill up the final days of your holiday break, check out the South Street Seaport Museum and the Liberty Science Center . Both museums have awesome, kid-friendly exhibits closing this Sunday, January 3. If your brood's into NYC history, take them to see the Seaport's "The Island at the Center of the World", which shows the Big Apple as a pre-skyscraper, pre-subway colonial village. If your tykes are fans of nature (and-or disaster movies), head to LSC's blockbuster installation, "Nature Unleashed," where volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes take center stage. At either exhibition, both you and your kids are bound to learn something—and have a good time.

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