{Kid Friendly} New Year’s Eve


new year's eve

Times have changed. You’ve traded in your sequin mini dress and 4-inch heels for a cozy sweater and shoes that allow you to chase after runaway children at a moment’s notice.

Instead of starting your night at 10:00PM and partying until the wee hours of the morning, you’ll likely not be awake at midnight or, if you are, you’ll be binge watching a Netflix show with heavy eyelids on the couch in your pajamas. It’s ok. It happens to all of us. Or maybe this is just me, and you all found amazing babysitters who won’t charge you the price of a semester at a state school to watch your kids on New Years Eve so you can party like it’s 1999. I’m not one of those people, and if you’re reading this, you probably aren’t either. So here are some fun family friendly activities to ring in the New Year in a wholesome way as you gaze longingly at that sequined mini dress that gathers dust in your closest. (Just donate it and move on.)

Noon Year’s Eve:

The fun starts at The Children Museum at 9:00am and continues until 4:00pm. Think countdowns on the hour, glitter art projects, and “fireworks” (aka kids popping bubble wrap). There’s lots of celebrating to be had at the Children’s Museum, especially this year because they recently remodeled and opened a bunch of new exhibits, including “Altitude” a three-story structure kids can climb and explore, a brand new art studio complete with a clay studio and collaborative art, and a teaching kitchen where kids can watch and take part in demonstrations and even register for classes. This event is free with general admission and parking for museum members is free; $5 for non members.

Skate on the Lake:

Located on Evergreen Lake, this event would be great for elementary age kids and up. This event features ice skating, bon fires, fireworks (8:00 and midnight), sleigh rides, hockey, and broom hockey events. It is sure to be fun for the whole family and can still have you home by bedtime! This event is presented by Drive Smart and is an alcohol-free event. The cost is $20-$25 and opens at 6:00 PM. 29612 Upper Bear Creek Road, Evergreen, CO 80439

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Downtown:

Looking for a traditional New Years Eve event? Head downtown to the 16th Street Mall and celebrate the new year with fireworks. There are two displays at 9:00pm and midnight. Make a night of it with dinner at great Denver restaurant first!

Colorado Avalanche Hockey Game:

How about something a little different this year? Head to the Pepsi Center to cheer on the Avalanche as they take on the Chicago Blackhawks. Game starts at 6:00pm.

Wow! World of Wonder Children’s Museum:

The Wow! museum throws one heck of a party! Complete with live music by Eric West, crafts, face painting, parades at 10:00am and 2:00pm, and a countdown at noon. There are lots of exciting things planned at the museum! Wait, there’s more good news, adults get in free! Members children pay $6 and non members pay $12.

What do you have planned for New Year’s Eve? We’d love to hear about it!


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Mom to a 3 ½ year old boy and 16 month old girl/boy twins, Liz Fendell is a recovering perfectionist hailing from St. Louis. Her current aspirations are showering three times a week and keeping all three of her precious munchkins alive. She survives on her ability to laugh at herself and with her nearest and dearest. Her new mantra is, “I am enough” and believes a healthy dose of humility and grace can get her through anything. And if that doesn’t work there’s always Plan B: witness protection. She exercises when she can and has recently pondered strapping her Fitbit to her 3 ½ year old son. Surely that kid is reaching 10,000 steps per day! A full time stay-at-home mom and talented lifestyle photographer {at Liz Fendell Photography}; she is passionate about capturing both the ordinary and the extraordinary moments in her clients’ lives.


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