I can’t remember the last time I stayed awake until midnight on New Year’s Eve. There’s a good chance it was before I had kids. Now I can barely make it til their bedtime, much less stay up past my own for a bit.
So here are a few ideas for kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations — events that are sure to be over in plenty of time for your children…and you…to get to bed on-time. Hallelujah!
Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around Denver
New Year’s Eve Fireworks, downtown Denver — there will be fireworks over the 16th Street Mall at 9pm and midnight. Street performers will also be on-hand including magicians, balloon artists, and stilt walkers. My advice — if you can, avoid driving and take the light rail instead. It’ll save you a huge parking headache. This event does tend to be crowded, but it is a lot of fun, and you can take the kids to early fireworks and still be home before “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” really gets going.
Noon Year’s Eve at Children’s Museum of Denver — 9am-4pm — kids can experience the sights, sounds, and excitement of Times Square here in Denver (and before bedtime!). Ball drops on the hour, bubble wrap fireworks, and tons of confetti. Admission is $15.
Zoo Year’s Eve — 5:30pm-9pm — the Denver Zoo has a special New Year’s Eve celebration during Zoo Lights. Fun activities for the family, and a New Year’s Eve countdown at 9pm.
Skate the Lake — Evergreen, 6pm-11:45pm — Spend New Year’s Eve on Evergreen Lake, with skating, sleigh rides, music, and bonfires. There are fireworks shows at 8pm and midnight.
WOW!’s New Year’s Eve Party — Lafayette, 10am-3pm — If you’re farther north, head to Lafayette’s WOW! Children’s Museum for New Year’s Eve Parties during the day. Noisemaker crafts, face painting, music, and a countdown celebration. $12/child
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday and a lovely 2017 (and, perhaps, a good night’s sleep every so often!)