When you have kids and no babysitter, it's hard to imagine staying up until the stroke of midnight, but there's no reason you can't have fun and still be in bed by 10 p.m. Pop some sparkling cider for the youngsters while you sip on a glass of champagne, and enjoy one last hurrah in 2018 at one of these ten events on December 31, 2018.
Children's Museum of Denver, 2127 Children's Museum Drive
Celebrate New Year's Eve at noon rather than midnight at the Children’s Museum of Denver, without fear of falling asleep before the big bang or waking up with a hangover. The event starts at 9 a.m. December 31 and goes until 4 p.m., with the big ball drop at noon, complete with bubble-wrap fireworks and rainbow confetti outside in Joy Park. For the rest of the time, kids can whip up festive treats in the teaching kitchen, try some sparkle science experiments, listen to Mr. Kneel the beatboxer, explore the museum and enjoy visits from special pop-culture characters. Admission is $16 per person between the ages of one and sixty, under one is free, and over sixty is $14.
New Year's Eve With Steve Simeone
Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street
Older kids always want to feel more grown-up, and while they can't yet toast the new year with a glass of sparkling wine, they can attend an all-ages show with comedian Steve Simeone at Comedy Works in Larimer Square. This PG-13 rendition of the special starts at 6 p.m. and runs $30 per person; adults can order up a beer, cocktail or wine while Junior has a strawberry lemonade. Fair warning: He may laugh so hard that liquid comes out of his nose.
Downtown Denver's Annual Fireworks
16th Street Mall
Downtown Denver offers two fireworks shows: one at midnight, and one at 9 p.m. for those who might have trouble staying awake until midnight. The best place to watch is along the 16th Street Mall, a car-free stretch (even mall shuttles will be suspended during the fireworks) perfect for tots who need to move while taking in the wonder of exploding colored lights. DJs will play tunes starting at 8 p.m. and going through until 2019; stop by the Denver Pavilions for a free ride on the carousel.
New Year's Eve Bash
Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water Street
Make a splash this holiday season by booking a reservation at the Aquarium for either 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Tickets run $19.99 for kids ages three to ten and $28.99 for ten and up, which includes admission to the Aquarium, the beach ball and balloon drop, a sparkling-cider toast, games and contests. Mascot Sharkey will be on hand, dressed in his best fins. Reserve your spot by calling 303-561-4450.