Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Activities in Denver

Events, Things to Do, Travel Tips — By Jess Steinitz on December 27, 2010 at 10:12 pm

There will be a plethora of parties and live music events around the Mile High City to help you bring in the New Year in style, but Denver also has several family-friendly New Year’s Eve activities:

Fireworks: The sky will sparkle over the 16th Street Mall during two fireworks shows at 9 p.m. and midnight. Costumed entertainers—including magicians, mascots, balloon artists, stilt walkers, and comedians—will interact with crowds between shows.

Noon Year’s Eve at the Children’s Museum of Denver: This is the perfect event for little ones who might not be able to stay up for the real deal. With five ball drops every hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., children of all ages can yell the countdown, watch confetti splash the plaza, and make fireworks with their feet when they jump on massive sheets of bubble wrap. Along with the excitement outside, kids can also do art activities, decorate cookies, and watch theater performers.

Zoo Year’s Eve at the Denver Zoo: Beginning at 5 p.m., there will be entertainment and activities that lead up to an early countdown to the New Year at 9 p.m. so that families can celebrate together. The kids will also love Zoo Lights, with thousands of glittering lights all over the Zoo’s 38 acres.

Zoo Lights

There are also many restaurants in Denver that will be offering multi-course meals for a set price, many of which include champagne or offer optional wine pairings.

[Photos courtesy of ** Maurice ** and Denver Zoo]

Tags: children, family-friendly, kids, New Year's Eve, NYE

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