It’s been a hectic year for everyone and we all look forward to winding down and welcoming 2009.
Would you prefer to spend time with your children on New Year’s Eve rather than being separated? On the other hand, are you unable to find a willing babysitter on this major holidays? If you’re looking for a family-friendly good time right in our neighborhood, there are plenty of places and ways to enjoy New Year’s Eve together.
A top choice is the historic Three Village Inn on 150 Main Street in Stony Brook. Everyone will feel classy at this sophisticated venue which is always a special experience for the kids. You will appreciate a sumptuous four course dinner with seating available at both 5 pm and 8:30 pm. The cost is only $55 per adult and the kids are half price. Irresistible menu offerings include baked stuffed clams oreganata, New England seafood crepe, stuffed baby portabella, rack of lamb, steak and shrimp, Long Island roast duckling and Godiva triple chocolate mousse cake. To make reservations, call (631) 751-0555 or visit www.lessings.com online.
Another entertaining option is spending New Year’s Eve at Atlantis Marine World. If your family is like mine, they love to visit this local aquarium located at 431 East Main Street in Riverhead. There is a cocktail hour and a dinner buffet with entertainment from 6:30 PM to 11 PM. Besides delectable dining options, there will be celebratory champagne and cider toast as well as a dessert bar. The cost is $85 for adults and children over 12 (if you are a member, it’s $75). For children 3 to 11 years old, the cost is $49 ($39 for members) and if your little ones are 3 and under, they have fun for free. To find out more or make reservations, call (631) 208-9200, ext. H2O or visit www.atlantismarineworld.com online.
Have the ultimate New Year’s Eve experience at the Cradle of Aviation Museum Night 365. They will serve a family-friendly buffet dinner with video games, Imax movies and live entertainment. The festivities start at 7 PM and go on until midnight. The price is $35 per person ($30 for members) with little ones 3 and under having free fun. For more information, call (516) 572-4111 or visit www.cradleofaviation.org online .
Of course you can also stay home and have a great time with your family. The local supermarkets are all running special sales on appetizers. Stock up on baked clams, chicken fingers, egg rolls, pizza bites and potato skins to serve during the evening. Serve sparking cider (about 3 bucks down the juice aisle) to the kids while the adults pop open champagne at midnight. Pick up a package of “poppers” at the local dollar store so everyone can bring in the year with a little bang. While you’re there, grab funny hats and noisemakers for the moment when you all watch the ball drop at Times Square.
No matter where you choose to spend this New Year’s Eve, have a safe, happy and prosperous 2009 – together!