New Year’s Weekend Events in Brooklyn

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Usher out 2011 with some great kids activities on New Years Eve day, and bring in the 2012 with a bang.  The Brooklyn Mamas wishes you and your families, a very healthy, healthy and busy New Year!

Storytime with Carol and Friends
Kids ages 4-6 are welcomed to a wonderful storytime with guest readers, authors and various activities. Get details at Brooklyn Public Library.

‘Music Moves Me’  with Johnny Wheels and Aly Sunshine
A special holiday drop in class featuring music with Johnny Wheels and Aly Sunshine. Call Gumbo for reservations.
When: Friday, Dec. 30, 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Where: Gumbo, 493 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Contact: 718- 855-7808
American Ballet Theatre’s, The Nutcracker
Encompassing all the beauty of this magical time of year, kids and parents alike will love the whimsical world of this classic ballet. Learn more at The Nutcracker.
When: December 31, 2:00 p.m.
Where: BAM Opera House

New Years Around the World
Learn how people across the globe ring in the new year as new customs and traditions are explored.  Get details at New Years Around the World.
When: December 31, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights

Snow White
Produced by Company XIV, parents and children alike will love this reimagined, critically-acclaimed performance of the classic fairytale.  For tickets and additional information visit Snow White.
When: December 31,3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Where: Bond Theatre, Carroll Gardens

Jane’s Carousel
Enjoy the beautiful scenery and bring the little ones to an early celebration at Jane’s Carousel.  Learn more at Jane’s Carousel.
When: December 31, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO

Annual Brooklyn Bridge Walk Into the New Year
Bundle up and head to the bridge for Dr. Phil’s historical walking tour that the whole family will love.  Fireworks will be able to be seen from various celebrations across the city.  Learn more at Brooklyn Bridge Walk Into the New Year.
When: December 31, 10:15 p.m. & 11:15 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Bridge


Ring in the New Year with Rolie Polie Guacamole – Reservations Required
When: December 31 from 11 – 11:45am
Where: Gumbo, 493 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York

Contact: 718- 855-7808

New Years Eve Fireworks
Keep the bigger ones up late and plan a nap for the little ones as this festival of fireworks over Prospect Park gets the New Year off to a dazzling start.  Entertainment will be on hand and refreshments will be served.  Visit New Years Eve at Prospect Park for a link to all the great viewing spots.
Where: December 31, 11:00 p.m.
When: Prospect Park

The Polar Bears Club Annual New Year’s Day Swim
A real New York experience, bundle up and take the kids to see the annual dive into the freezing Atlantic on New Year’s Day.  A small donation to Camp Sunshine, which benefits children with life threatening illnesses, will not only help you start the New Year off right, but also gives you free access all day to the New York Aquarium. Learn more at The Polar Bear Club.
Where: January 1, 1:00 p.m.
When: The Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue, Coney Island

Baby Storytime
Miss Nina kicks off the New Year for the 3 and under set with her pink guitar, original songs and interactive play.  Get all details at  Storytime with Miss Nina.
When: January 1, 1:00 p.m. J
Where: Greenlight Book Store, Fort Greene

Ice Skating
Enjoy all that the winter has to offer with a family New Years Day at the Abe Stark Rink.  Visit Abe Stark Rink or details.
When: January 1, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Abe Stark Rink, Coney Island

New York Aquarium
After cheering on The Polar Bears Club, head over to the Aquarium for a fun filled day.  4D movies, live animal encounters and a great educational experience will keep kids busy all day.  Get in on the fun at New York Aquarium.
When: January 1, Open All Day
Where: Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, Coney Island

Prospect Park Zoo
Spend a lazy day walking around the zoo enjoy live animal encounters, chatting with zoo keepers and enjoying the sea lion feedings.  Get the full schedule of activities at New Years Day at the Zoo.
When: January 1, Open All Day
Where: Prospect Park

A Christmas Carol, Oy Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa, Happy Ramadan
A Christmas Carol, Oy Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa, Happy Ramadan is set in Old London, but with Czech accents. Imagine that the familiar tale was told to you not by an English serial novelist, but by your Czech grandmother that includes a few twists,  multicultural references and holiday songs in Czech, English, Hebrew, Latin & Swahili.
When: Saturday, December 31 at 4pm and 7 pm and Sunday, January 1 at 4pm and 7pm.
Where: ClockWorks Puppet Theater, 196 Columbia Street, between Sackett and Degraw Streets, Red Hook, Brooklyn
Tickets: $20 for adults and $12 for children and adults over 65; purchase tickets at or 212-868-4444

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