Sure there will be fireworks across the metro area on New Year’s Eve, and grown-ups can stay up late counting down to midnight, but families will also find some kid-centric ways to celebrate the hours leading up to 2018 on Monday, December 31. Here are several we found that are sure to delight the kiddos.
♦ Noon Year’s Eve from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus features a shiny Times Square-like ball which will drop every hour, complete with rainbow confetti and bubble-wrap “fireworks.” Also on tap: noisemakers, face painting, art projects and treats in The Teaching Kitchen. The Sparkly Science program will feature educators in glittery lab coats creating dry ice vapor bubbles and other surprises. Non-member admission is $16 for ages 2 to 59 and $14 for seniors (60+) and those age 1. Members and SNAP/Quest cardholders get a 50% discount. 2121 Children’s Museum Dr., Denver, 303-433-7444.
♦ Ring in the New Year a few hours early at WOW! Children’s Museum in Lafayette. Enjoy noisemaker crafts, face painting, the Bunny and Birdie Comedy Magic Show, refreshments, and a special countdown celebration. Party #1 is from 10 a.m. to noon and and Party #2 is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $11 per child; $7 per WOW! member child; and $6 per adult. Advance ticket purchase required. Buy tickets for 10 a.m. here. Buy tickets for 1 p.m. here. 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 303-604-2424.
♦ Noon Year’s Eve at The Rink at Belmar goes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Watch a skating performance by Mountain Edge Skating Club and then enjoy half-price skating from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
♦ Bear Valley Branch Library hosts a FREE Noon Year’s Eve Party from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with crafts and fun as they count down to noon. 5171 W. Dartmouth Ave., Denver.
♦ Park Hill Branch Library hosts a FREE New Year’s Noon Party from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Celebrate with crafts and fun. Countdown to noon with a balloon drop and bubble wrap “fireworks” stomp! Two professional face painters will be on hand so the kids can sport some cheek art to celebrate the New Year. 4705 Montview Blvd., Denver.
♦ Sam Gary Branch Library hosts a FREE Noon Year’s Eve Party from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Make party hats, dance, have your picture taken in photo booths and do a countdown to noon. 2961 Roslyn St., Denver.
♦ Mici Handcrafted Italian invites families to bring their little ones to a special New Year’s Eve party with a 6:59 p.m. countdown. All guests can join in a FREE sparkling cider toast at “midnight” (7 p.m.). The Kids Bambini menu (options include pizza and pasta) costs $4 or is FREE with the purchase of an adult entree. All five locations are participating — 7th & Colorado, Downtown Denver, Highlands Ranch, Stapleton and Lafayette.
♦ New Year’s Eve Party at Roller City. If your kiddos can stay up past their bedtime, there’s plenty of fun roller skating from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. All-you-can-eat pizza from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Popcorn from 10 p.m. to midnight. Games and midnight countdown. Admission $10 and includes regular roller skates. 6803 W. Alameda, Lakewood.