In the 'burbs, the Westin Hotel Westminster's It's Midnight Somewhereis a festive afternoon alternative for the family, with a clown, face-painting, kid food, party favors and an early ball drop; the cost is $14.95 per child (adults free with a paying child). Call 303-410-5000 for details. Assuming your crew can last longer, consider the Sheraton Denver Tech Center's No Veggie New Year's Eve Package. On December 31, veggies will be replaced by pizza and ice cream, along with plenty of entertainment for the kids and a dance party for teenagers. Just $199 buys you all the fun you can deal with, plus two rooms, so the parents can get some privacy. Call 303-799-6200.
The price tag is considerably lower at Littleton's Tennies and Bubbles IIparty, packed with games, dancing and activities for the kids -- while Mom and Dad settle themselves in front of the big-screen TV to watch other (and likely more lavish) New Year's Eve celebrations around the country. Still, the adults will enjoy a champagne toast at midnight, and while it won't be broadcast around the world, it's a fine way to see in the new year en famille. This party's at the Centennial Tennis Bubble; call 303-794-4870 for more information.