Unique Ways to Spend New Year's Eve in Denver with the Family

Looking for a lesser-known way to spend New Year’s Eve in Denver with the family? We dug a little deeper and found some alternatives to fireworks in downtown Denver or Noon Year’s Eve at the Children’s Museum. Here’s our list of some unique ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Denver with your kids.

Visit the Great Outdoors
Sure, it is winter, but that is no reason to stay inside! It is Colorado after all.

Noon Year’s Eve Noon 
The beautiful Barr Lake State Park is kicking off the “noon” year with crafts, snacks, party favors and a balloon drop. This party bills itself as “rockin’” and “raucous,” but it is for the family and is sure to be a unique New Year’s Eve event just outside Denver. REGISTRATION REQUIRED

First Day Hikes
Fountain Valley State Park invites you to bring your family and "celebrate the New Year with a 2.2 mile hike to explore the beautiful sandstone formations on the Fountain Valley Trail.” You might see wildlife too! The hike is guided by park experts. REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Connect with Art and History

New Year’s Eve Morning Tour
The museum’s gallery teachers will guide your family through the museum encouraging you to use your senses to experience the elements: earth, air, water and fire. Plan to play, explore and ring out the New Year during this interactive tour.

Wings Over the Rockies $1 Admission
Wings Over the Rockies is always a unique and fun experience in Denver. All the better when children’s admission is just $1. Celebrate the New Year with a look back at the past – and into the future.

Get Your Game On

Start your New Year’s Eve family celebration with a trip to GameWorks Denver. In addition to all the games the family already loves, this unique event features food, a hot chocolate bar and a $15 game card for the kids. A balloon drop will add another element of fun. TICKETS – Kids $20; Adults $15

Skate into the New Year
Everybody loves a good dance party on New Year’s Eve. You can make your family’s experience unique – and extra festive – by visiting Denver’s ice skating rinks that are bringing in DJs for New Year’s Eve.

Northfield Central Park
At Northfield Central Park’s rink, the fun starts at 11 a.m. to make this a great way for the younger kids in your family to celebrate. And, there will be a New (noon) Year’s Eve countdown when the clock strikes 12... p.m. that is.

Skyline Park
For an evening outing, the Skyline rink in downtown Denver will have a DJ starting at 8:30 p.m.

Bundle Up

ICE! Experience at Gaylord of the Rockies/Denver
It may be past Christmas, but it always fun to see Rudolph and his friends! Do bundle up as the exhibit is kept at a chilly 9 degrees. After you tour, head home and make your experience unique to New Year’s by capping the day off watching Rudolph’s Shiny New Year.

Whatever you choose, have fun and be safe.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year,

~The Neir Team (Stacy Neir, Alex Neir, Laura Fuller and Madeline Jack)

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