A tuneful New Year's Eve around the area

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For the Kids
New Year’s Eve comes to Long Island Children’s Museum once again in the form of “Noon Year’s Eve,” LICM’s annual family-friendly celebration. Beginning at noon on Dec. 31, LICM gets ready to welcome 2013, with a busy afternoon that concludes with a Times Square-style ball drop.
“Lucky 2013” is this year’s theme, as the museum staff explores the superstitions surrounding the number 13 with young New Year’s Eve revelers. The celebration will include a variety of good luck activities from around the world.
“The arrival of 2013 provides us with a fun way to explore cultural symbols and myths with our visitors,” said LICM Director of Education Aimee Terzulli. “Superstitions and lucky omens are subjects that intrigue children and adults. Just look at what fans do to keep a team’s luck going or kids “snow day” superstitions.”
During the afternoon, leading up to the museum’s “ball drop” at 4 p.m., families wcan immerse themselves in good fortune as they explore signs, symbols and even animals viewed as lucky around the globe. Activities include decorating a New Year’s Eve party hat with lucky symbols, enjoying a lucky “acorn” treat to ensure longevity and vitality, creating a lucky horseshoe necklace, meeting some animals from around the world believed to bring luck in LICM’s Feast for Beasts exhibit, and ringing in the New Year with shooting star noisemaker. The festivities also feature a dance party with DJ Michael B from All Star Party LI.
“A lot of folks are more than ready to say goodbye to 2012, especially Long Islanders,” said Terzulli. “We want to send all our visitors into the New Year with as much luck and good wishes as we can.”
Countdown to 12 is free with museum admission. LICM is located on Museum Row, in Garden City. For additional information, contact (516) 224-5800 or visit www.licm.org.

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