December 26, 2013

Ring in the New Year at these family-friendly DFW events

Here are some fun options for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day for the whole family in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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The kids are out of school and your babysitter already has party plans. What’s a parent to do? Here are some options for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day fun for the whole family in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Noon Year’s Eve with Radio Disney at Main Event

Main Event and Radio Disney will have a huge balloon drop at noon and lots of prizes and giveaways. Someone at each Dallas-Fort Worth location will win a Wii U game system. Special pricing for activities including laser tag, bowling and billiards is available for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Good to know: Free party favors! No reservation required.

Recommended ages: All

When: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., Tuesday, December 31; 9 a.m. to midnight, Wednesday, January 1

Where: 4801 Citylake Blvd E, Fort Worth; 9375 Dallas Parkway, Frisco; 407 W. State Hwy 114, Grapevine; 2070 S. Stemmons Fwy, Lewisville; 3941 Central Expressway, Plano

Cost: $17.95 per person, per session, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, December 31; $21.95 per person, per session, 4 p.m. to close, Tuesday, December 31; Prices starting at $15.95 per person, per session Wednesday, January 1.



Noon Year’s Eve at Legoland Discovery Center

Children will don their New Year’s hats and watch the Lego brick ball drop at noon while enjoying sparkling grape juice, while supplies last. You can also then let them explore the fun center, which includes Lego play stations, the “Legends of Chima” 4D cinema, Forest Ranger car ride, Merlin’s Apprentice ride. Don’t miss the Star Wars miniland Lego display.

Good to know: All annual pass holders are invited to bring a friend for free on December 31.

Recommended ages: 12 and younger

When: Balloon drop is at noon. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, December 31; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, January 1.

Where: 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine

Cost: $18 per person; children ages 2 and younger are free. Discounted tickets available online



Alley Cats Family Party

The family entertainment venue in Arlington is offering two packages for families on New Year’s Eve. The early-evening family party, which sells out quickly, provides fours hours of activities including glow bowling, unlimited laser tag, rock climbing, billiards and unlimited video game play. You also get party favors and 90 minutes to eat at the pizza and fajita buffet and soft drinks. The Countdown Party, from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., includes glow bowling, billiards, unlimited laser tag and rock climbing and a $5 fun card.

Good to know: After Friday, Dec. 28, all sales are final. Win prizes at the party including an Apple iPad Air.

Recommended ages: All

When: Family Party, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 31; Countdown Party, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., Tuesday, December 31

Where: 2008 W. Pleasant Ridge Rd., Arlington

Cost: Family Party, $37.50 for adults and $32.50 for children ages 12 and younger; Countdown Party, $19.99 per person. Combo package that includes Family Party and Countdown Party, $49.99 for adults and $45.99 for children. You can get $5 off any package if you purchase tickets before Saturday, December 28.

Info: 817-784-2695,


Family New Year’s Eve at Medieval Times

If you haven’t been to the live jousting tournament and food fest, you and your family will be in for a treat on New Year’s Eve. The early evening Family New Year’s Eve celebration includes the two-hour jousting tournament, four-course meal, face painting, Knights training and story time with a princess. The 2014 Celebration of Centuries begins at 9:45 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and includes party favors, admission to Museum of Torture, two-hour tournament, appetizers, four-course meal, DJ and dancing, champagne toast at midnight and a continental breakfast.

Good to know: An earlier 7 p.m show is available on New Year’s Eve at regular admission rates. Children younger than 3 are admitted for free as long as they sit on adult’s lap and eat from adult’s plate.

Recommended ages: All

When: Family New Year’s Eve: Doors open at 2 p.m.; show begins at 4 p.m., Tuesday, December 31; 2014 Celebration of Centuries begins at 9:45 p.m., Tuesday, December 31

Where: 2021 N. Stemmons, Dallas

Cost: Family New Year’s Eve: $35.95, adults and $29.95, children ages 12 and younger (Use code: NYEWEB). 2014 Celebration of Centuries, $69.95, adults and $35.95 for ages 17 and younger



New Year’s Eve Celebration at Adventure Landing

The family-style New Year’s Eve celebration offers children “all-you-can-play” miniature golf, laser tag and go-karts. A balloon drop at noon features age-appropriate prizes inside each balloon.

Good to know: Kids 4 and younger can participate in the balloon drop for free.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, December 31

Where: 17717 Coit Road, Dallas

Cost: $20 per person

Info: 972-248-4653,

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