Bounce houses, animals, dancing and movies are some of the New Year’s Eve festivities the entire family can enjoy at popular local events.
The annual First Night Buffalo, from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.), features amusement rides (merry-go-round and a train), inflatable fun, a family fitness challenge, storybook characters including the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Clifford and a toddler zone for the youngest members of the family. Dance Spectrum performs at 7:15 and 9:40 p.m.; Jeff Musial, the Animal Guy, brings out some furry friends at 5:15 and 7:30 p.m.; and Eclectic Improv entertains at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.
The $10 admission includes all rides and activities; it’s free for ages 2 and younger. For a full schedule, see www.firstnightbuffalo.org.
Free outdoor activities start at 10 p.m. at Roosevelt Plaza (Main and Huron streets), leading up to the midnight ball drop.
In Niagara Falls, the Conference & Event Center (101 Old Falls St.) is hosting “Kids’ Club” fun starting at 6 p.m. with a bounce house, DJ, movies with complimentary popcorn, games and arts and crafts. The activities end at 10 p.m. with the countdown to a balloon drop including a complimentary toast with sparkling juice.
Later, the guitar drop and fireworks display takes place on Old Falls Street at midnight.
– Toni Ruberto