Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Kids in Queens

For some, New Year’s Eve is all about the countdown in Times Square.  For others, it’s a time for champagne-popping parties and dancing into the wee hours of the morning.  Not really the best choice for moms and dads who want to celebrate with their kiddies.  Whether you have little ones who will be sound asleep when midnight strikes, or pre-teens who will be wide awake to ring in 2012, you’ll want to find some way to make it special and fun for the whole family.


There are lots of places in Queens that will be open on Saturday, December 31st.  So plan an outing earlier in the day with your little ones, or an evening event with the older kids.  Here are Queens Mamas Suggestions for Kids on New Year’s Eve:
End the year with some fun crafting!  Bring your kids to this free event where they will make a snowflake bookmark and celebrate the arrival of 2012. More info online; free admission
Ages:  6-12 years old
When:  Saturday, December 31st; 2:30 pm
Where:  100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona; 718-651-1100 


Open Bounce at Bounce U

Every visit to BounceU feels like a party!  They won’t be having their usual Saturday Sunrise Bounce on New Year’s Eve, but will instead be having a special all-ages Open Bounce session at a later time so the whole family can have a blast.
Cost:  $12.99 per child over age 2
When:  Saturday, December 31st; 10:30 am
Where:  Whitepoint Center 132-25 14th Ave., College Point; 718-747-JUMP (5867) 


The Museum of the Moving Image

The Museum of the Moving Image will be open until 5pm on New Year’s Eve, so it’s the perfect day to take part in some of their special programs.
Admission:  $12 adults, $6 children ages 3-18, Free for children under 3 and Museum members
Where:  36-01 35th Ave., Astoria; 718-777-6888
Kids can learn about how special effects in film are created then, produce and star in their own movie using animation and live-action techniques.
Ages:  10+
Cost:  $5 materials fee; free for Red Carpet Kids members
When:  Saturday, December 31st; 1pm and 3pm
Where:  36-01 35th Ave., Astoria; 718-777-6888


Screening of Jim Henson and Friends: Inside the Sesame Street Vault

Sesame Street fans will appreciate seeing Jim Henson’s work, along with rare clips and special guest appearances.
When:  Saturday, December 31st; 1pm
Cost:  free with Museum admission
Where:  36-01 35th Ave., Astoria; 718-777-6888 

A celebration of New Year’s Eve and Kuumba, the Kwanzaa principle meaning creativity.  This family event will feature spoken word artists, vocalists, drumming, and dancing to cultural and pop music.  Food and drink will be provided.
Cost:  Free; donations of cash or offerings of food or drink will be accepted.
When:  Saturday, December 31st; 9pm-2am
Where:  176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica; 718-523-3312


View New Year’s Eve Fireworks from Astoria Park

There will be a fireworks display at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza as well as at Central Park for the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run.  Both displays will be visible from the south end of Astoria Park, along Shore Boulevard.
When:  Saturday, December 31st; Midnight
Where:  Shore Blvd., between Astoria Park South and the RFK Bridge



Vivian Cardinale