It’s time to say goodbye to 2012 and get ready for the next exciting year. Many of you will be heading out on the town with your friends, ready to party the year away with plenty of cocktails and champagne. But don’t leave the kids out of this one just yet. There are lots of great events for the whole family on December 31st, so you can make sure even the littlest partiers have a memorable and exciting New Year’s Eve party. Plus, many of these options are early enough that you can still head out for your annual adults-only parties.



Noon Year’s Eve
Children’s Museum of Denver
2121 Children’s Museum Drive
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-7444

Price: $9 per adult/$7 per senior and child over 1/free per child under 1
Date: December 31, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m

Children want to get in on the New Year’s Eve celebrations too. However, if mom and dad are planning on hiring a babysitter for the night and heading out on the town themselves, then this is the perfect way to ring in 2013 with the entire family. The Children’s Museum will feature all the expected glitz and glamour of the big day, perfectly sized for those smaller celebrants. There will be plenty of confetti, art projects and, of course, the important ball drop.

Fireworks (credit: CBS)

Fireworks in Denver on the 16th Street Mall on the evening of Dec. 31, 2011, and into the morning of Jan. 1, 2012. (credit: CBS)

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Downtown Denver
16th Street Mall
511 16th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 571-9428

Price: Free
Date: December 31, 2012 at 9 p.m. and midnight

The city of Denver once again brings fabulous New Year’s Eve traditions to the 16th Street Mall with the annual fireworks show. A family-friendly version at 9 p.m. is the perfect way to celebrate downtown before it gets too crazy. Head down to the mall, find a comfy spot and enjoy. Plus, you’ll find plenty of other entertainment as you are waiting for the show. Magicians, balloon artists, stilt walkers and more will be wandering the mall to keep your tykes entertained.

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Bunk with the Beasts
Denver Zoo
2300 Steele St.
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 337-1400

Price: $75 per non-member/$65 per member
Date: December 31, 2012 to January 1, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 10 a.m.

The Denver Zoo has come up with a fantastic celebration for your kids that will allow you to go out for a night on the town and trust that the kids are safe, enjoying a celebration all their own. Your kids will get to explore the beautiful Zoo Lights in an overnight sleepover-type environment. With plenty of supervision and lots of experts teaching about animals, this is a great way for your kids to have a truly memorable evening. The price includes pizza for dinner, an evening snack plus a full breakfast. Then you just need to remember to pick them up the next day.

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New Years Eve with Greg Warren
Comedy Works
5345 Landmark Place
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
(720) 274-6800

Price: $25
Date: December 31, 2012 at 5 p.m.

Why not try something a bit different, as this is perfect for a special treat for your teenage celebrators. Comedy Works is offering a very special all-ages show (well, ages 13 and up with a parent) featuring comedian Greg Warren. A hilariously funny guy, Warren has been seen on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and tours all over the country. The all-ages show promises to offer an evening of entertainment with no adult language or adult themes (and Comedy Works states that they can’t guarantee this, but the talent is asked to avoid those types of jokes). Keep in mind that alcohol is served here for those 21 and over.

Resolution 5K
Starts at South High School
1700 E. Louisiana Ave.
Denver, CO 80210
(877) 228-4881

Date: December 31, 2012 at 5 p.m.
Price: $25 adults/$20 children

Another wonderful way to celebrate the holiday is to ring in the New Year the healthy way. The Resolution 5K is the oldest and most established New Year’s Eve run and walk, as hundreds of Denver’s healthiest gather to say goodbye to 2012. There is even a costume contest, so be sure to dress for the occasion. Everyone that enters will receive the event T-shirt and plenty of food and munchies after the race. Remember, it’s outdoors and it’s Denver, so dress appropriately. Race towards a healthy and happy 2013.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at