The coming year may end with a controversial number -- 13 -- but the Long Island Children's Museum is putting a positive spin on superstition, dubbing its annual New Year's celebration "Lucky 13." Here's how the museum and other kid-oriented venues will ring in the New Year on Monday:
NOON TO 4 P.M.
11 Davis Ave., Garden City
COST Free with museum admission of $11 for ages 1 to 64, free for younger than 1, $10 for 65 and older
This year's annual "Countdown to 12" party looks at good luck charms. Kids will decorate a New Year's party hat with lucky symbols such as shamrocks, create a lucky horseshoe necklace and make a shooting-star noisemaker. Kids have the opportunity to interact with animals such as frogs, considered good luck in Japan. Dancing and face-painting are capped by the yearly ball drop from the museum's second floor at 4, a nod to the Times Square New Year's Eve tradition.
1 TO 3 P.M. OR 6 TO 8 P.M.
12:30 TO 2 P.M. OR 5:30 TO 7 P.M.
COST Shipwreck: $26.95, $16.95 children younger than 12; Beaches and Cream: $21.95; $14.95 children younger than 12
A snowman, a reindeer and a Santa bear will join partygoers to celebrate the New Year at Bayville's Adventure Park. Shipwreck parties include chicken fingers, hamburgers and pasta, cake and ice cream sundaes, party favors and balloons. They also feature a New Year's countdown at 3 or 8 p.m. with glass of champagne for adults and sparkling cider for kids. Beaches and Cream parties include pizza, burgers, chicken fingers and make-your-own ice cream sundae. Adults enjoy champagne toast, and kids share sparkling cider. Both parties include rides on the Holiday Express Train and a visit to Santa's Toy Factory Fun House. If you're at a party that's going on at 4 p.m., you'll be able to enjoy the evening holiday lights show as well.
3 TO 6 P.M.
COST $21 kids 12 and younger; $25 adults
This soiree is for the entire family and includes three hours of bowling and shoe rental, a pizza buffet, a balloon drop at 5 p.m. and a sparkling cider toast.
4 TO 8 P.M.
138 West Ave., Patchogue
COST $40 per adult, $25 children 12 and younger; advance registration required
Enjoy four hours of extreme black-light bowling, music, complimentary shoe rentals, buffet dinner, New Year's favors and toast. Bumpers available for the little ones.
5 TO 8 P.M.
1074 Pulaski St., Riverhead
COST $10 for toddlers younger than 3; $16 per child; adults free
Includes admission, noisemaker, hats, glowsticks, dancing, dessert and a balloon drop at 7:15 p.m.
6:30 TO 9:30 P.M.
Includes admission, skate rental, unlimited pizza and soda, 10 game tokens per person, a light-rope necklace, chips and pretzels and a mock countdown to the New Year.