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Family Fun on New Year's Eve

12/30/2009 1:38 PM

12/10/2010 11:22 AM

The kids our 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 fun for the whole family:

BALLOON DROP AT ADVENTURE LANDING: The family-style New Year's Eve celebration offers children ages 12 and younger "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., Thursday, December 31
Where: 17717 Coit Road, Dallas
Cost: $10, ages 4-12; $15, 12 and older
Info:  972-248-4653,

DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART’S ‘NOON YEAR’S EVE’:  Celebrate the arrival of 2010 with Radio Disney with music, dancing and visits with museum mascot Arturo. There will also be family activities related to the All the World's a Stage exhibition. Everyone can win prizes as the clock strikes noon.
Good to know: The museum closes at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, December 31
Where: 1717 North Harwood, Dallas
Cost: Activities included with general admission. $10 ($5 from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Dec. 31), adults; $7, senior citizens (65 and older) and military personnel (with current ID); $5, students (with current ID); Free, 12 and younger and DMA members
Info:  214-922-1200,

NEW YEAR'S EVE AT STRIKZ: The whole family can enjoy unlimited bowling, video games, laser tag and billiards. Admission includes a pizza buffet with soda.
Good to know:
There are two packages available: a 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. package to accommodate the little ones with a 7 p.m. countdown and a 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. package for adults and older kids (check prices below).
Recommended ages:
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Thursday, December 31
8789 Lebanon Road, Frisco 75034 
Reservations are required for the following times: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., $25, adults and $15, children; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., $35, adults and $25, children.                                                                                  

Take the family to see something you’ve never seen before: acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, clowns and more will put on a show to welcome the new year. This holiday circus show features performance artists from all over the world including Adam Vazquez from Mexico and his hand-balancing routine; the Poema Family’s Risley act -- they spin and juggle each other using only their upturned feet; and don’t miss Russia’s Mayya Panfilova and her Performing House Cats.

Good to know: The show opens on New Year’s Eve and continues through Jan. 3.
Recommended ages: All
When: 5:30 p.m., Thursday, December 31 and Friday, January 1; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, January 2; 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Sunday, January 3
Where: Rosewood Center for Family Arts, 5938 Skillman St., Dallas
Cost: $19-$44
Info: 214-740-0051,

No, you don’t have to drive to Oklahoma for this WinStar hootenanny — they’re bringing it right to us in Dallas’ Victory Plaza. Tunes courtesy of local bands The Bright (’80s new wave and ’90s Brit pop-inspired); Live 80 (’80s hits); and the horn-heavy, 10-member Limelight (hits from the ’60s through today). Keep an eye on the Dr Pepper Countdown clock!
Good to know: Don't miss the evening’s pop-off — the Dr Pepper Fireworks Extravaganza.
Recommended ages: All
When: 7 p.m., Thursday, December 31
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas
Cost: Free; but you need a wristband to get in (check details at Web site below)

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Get your family glamorous for the perfect NYE for the culture vulture. You’ll walk the red carpet into Bass Hall (watch out for those crazy paparazzi!) for a Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performance of great silver-screen compositions. Some highlighted films: Lawrence of Arabia, Rocky, Titanic and Chicago.
Recommended ages: All
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, December 31
Where: Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth
Cost: $29-$80

ALLEY CATS TEXAS COUNTDOWN PARTY: The whole family can enjoy four hours of glow bowling with music and videos, laser tag, rock climbing, billiards, unlimited video games, buffet with unlimited drinks.
Good to know: Admission includes party favors; drawings will be held to win an XBOX 360, Wii or PS3.
Recommended ages: All
When: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Thursday, December 31
Where: Alley Cats, 2008 W. Pleasant Ridge Road, Arlington
Cost: $45, adults; $30, 12 and younger

Star-Telegram staff writers Alyson Ward and Heather Svokos contributed to this report.

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