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Las Vegas offers family-friendly New Year’s Eve options

Southern Nevada shines on New Year’s Eve, but almost all of the festivities are reserved for adults. So where can revelers go if they have kids in tow?


Families can ring in the new year with East Coast hours from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd.

The organization plans to celebrate Times Square West with special entertainment and a countdown to midnight on the East Coast set for 9 p.m. Pacific time.

The party is free with Magical Forest general admission, which is $11 for adults and $9 for children. For more information, visit magicalforest.com.


Even before the clock strikes midnight, several Station Casinos are inviting people to party until 2014 with bowling deals.

  • Strike Zone Bowling Center inside Sunset Station, 1301 W. Sunset Road, is offering deals from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $27 per person until Dec. 27 and $35 person after. The all-ages event includes three hours of bowling and shoe rental plus pizza and soda. A maximum of five people can be in a lane. For more information, call 702-547-7467.
  • The New Year’s Eve Cosmic Party Package at Red Rock Lanes in Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., is set to be offered rom 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. It includes three hours of bowling, shoe rentals, one large single-topping pizza and a pitcher of soft drink. Enjoy a fun atmosphere with door prizes and colored pin shots, music videos and party favors. The cost is $150 per lane, with a maximum of five people per lane. For reservations, call 702-797-7467.
  • A Cosmic New Year’s Eve Party is slated at Texas Star Lanes in Texas Station, 2101 Texas Star Lane. The East Coast Package is set for 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and includes two hours of bowling, shoe rental, a large two-topping pizza, a pitcher of soda or beer and glow necklaces. The cost is $60 per lane for a maximum of five people. The West Coast Package is set for 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and the cost is $80 per lane, also with a maximum of five people. To make a reservation, call 702-288-7728.
  • The New Year’s Eve Cosmic Carnival is planned for 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for East Coast celebrants and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for West Coast celebrants at Santa Fe Lanes, in Santa Fe Station, 4949 N. Rancho Drive. Bowling, shoe rentals, food and drinks, party favors and a New Year’s toast are included.

    Tickets are $30 per person until Dec. 25, after which they are $35 per person, with a maximum of five people per lane. For lane reservations, call 702-658-4910.


Crystal Palace Boulder skating center, 4680 Boulder Highway, plans a New Year’s Eve party with doors opening at 6 p.m. and skating from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is $16, which includes free hats and horns for everyone and glow product for the first 100 skaters. For more information, visit visit skatevegas.com.


BounceU of Henderson, 1000 N. Stephanie St., Suite 14, plans a Parents’ Night Out event for kids on New Year’s Eve. Parents can drop kids from 3 to 13 off at 7:30 p.m. and pick them up at 12:30. While parents are away, children can enjoy bouncing on indoor bounce house inflatables, pizza, a New Year’s countdown and an optional movie. Admission is $30 for the first child and $25 for each additional sibling. Reservations are required at 702-735-5867 or at bounceu.com.


Town Square Las Vegas, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is planning family-friendly activities during the day Dec. 31. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the shopping center is expected to offer inflatable slides, bounce houses, a rock wall and a face-painting station.

At noon, the center plans to count down the new year with a juice box toast.

For more information, visit mytownsquarelasvegas.com.


Several Clark County Library District locations plan New Year’s Eve kids parties complete with countdowns to noon. For details, visit lvccld.org.

  • The Enterprise Library, 25 E. Shelbourne Ave., is slated to host a Rock N’ Roll New Year’s Eve starting at 11:30 a.m. The event is open to children 11 or younger and is expected to feature crafts and dancing.
  • Kids 11 or younger can sing, dance, share stories and do a countdown to noon during a party scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon at the Spring Valley Library, 4280 S. Jones Blvd.

  • Kids 11 or younger can party with a countdown ending in bubble wrap “fireworks” from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave.

  • A party is scheduled for children 2 to 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Rainbow Library, 3150 N. Buffalo Drive.

  • Kids 5 or younger can sing songs, read stories and create a unique version of fireworks from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive.

  • Children 11 or younger are invited to listen to stories and count down to noon during a party scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd.


Henderson Libraries are slated to close at 1 p.m. in anticipation of the holiday, but before they do, two libraries plan pint-size parties. Space is limited for all Henderson Libraries programs. Ask the Youth Services desk for a program pass the morning of the event.

  • The Gibson Library, 100 W. Lake Mead Parkway, invites kids 3 to 6 and parents to dress up, sip sparkling cider, read a story, do a craft and take part in a countdown during a party scheduled from 10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Dec. 31.
  • Children 3 to 12 can toast at noon during a party scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway.


The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave., is scheduled to present Emmy and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49. For more information, visit thesmithcenter.com.


Though they’ll have to leave before the new year arrives, families can play pinball at the Pinball Hall of Fame, 1610 E. Tropicana Ave., during regular hours New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free and most games can be played for 25 cents. For more information, visit pinballmuseum.org.

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