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New Year's Eve celebrations for the family

New Year's Eve activities are usually adult fare, but there are some local places that cater to the families. Here are my 5 picks to celebrate 2011 with your children:

Going Bonkers

Good to know: No outside food or drinks allowed; Must have socks to play.

Recommended for: 8 and younger

Holiday Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 31; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Jan. 1

Where: Going Bonkers (near Vista Ridge Mall), 2565 MacArthur Blvd., Lewisville, TX 75067

Cost: ages 1-2(must be accompanied by an adult), $2.50; ages 3-18(must be accompanied by an adult), $5; adults 19 and older, $1; infants younger than 1(must be accompanied by an adult) are FREE!  

Info: 972-315-9000,

Main Event

Good to know: These events may sell out. You can purchase your tickets in advance at

Recommended for: 8 and older

Holiday Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 31; 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., Jan. 1 Special New Year's Eve Events: Winter Fun Pass, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 31; Family Fun Celebration, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Dec. 31; Ultimate Celebration Package, 9 p.m. to close, Dec. 31

Where: Main Event, 407 W. State Hwy 114, Grapevine, TX 76051

Cost: Winter Fun Pass, $15.95 per person; Family Fun Celebration, $29.95, adults; $16.95, 12 and younger; Ultimate Celebration Package, $29.95 per person

Info: (817) 416-1111


Good to know: No person under 21 years of age will be admitted after 10 p.m. unless bowling in a family or group that includes a parent.

Recommended for: 10 and older

Holiday Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 31; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Jan. 1; NYE Matinee package is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 31

Where: 300, 3805 Belt Line Rd. Addison, TX 75001

Cost: NYE Matinee is $22 per person. Regular shoe rentals for adults, children and seniors, $4.50

Info: 972-620-0021,

Alley Cats

Good to know: There are a limited number of packages available. Call 817-784-2695 for ticket information.

Recommended for: 12 and younger

Holiday Hours: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31; Noon to 1 a.m., Jan. 1; Countdown Party is from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Dec. 31

Where: Alley Cats, 2008 W. Pleasant Ridge Road, Arlington, Texas 76015

Cost: $40, adults; $25, 12 and younger (Prices are good through Dec. 28, then increases by $5 per person)

Info: 817-784-2695,

Free Family Fun

Here's hoping you ring in the New Year with family around you!