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Family friendly New Year’s Eve events in DFW

Spend New Year’s Eve in Sundance Square.
Spend New Year’s Eve in Sundance Square. Star-Telegram archives

Don’t drop the ball on New Year’s Eve. Here are some fun alternative parties suitable for the entire family in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Sundance Square New Year’s Eve Celebration

This year’s downtown Fort Worth celebration will feature live music from Professor D, a New Year’s countdown and a fireworks show.

Good to know: Champagne will be available for purchase in the plaza.

Recommended ages: All

When: Festivities begin at 10:30 p.m., Thursday, December 31

Where: Sundance Square Plaza, Fort Worth

Cost: Free!

Info: http://sundancesquare.com/events/new-years-eve/

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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.

Recommended ages: All

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

Where: 17717 Coit Road, Dallas

Cost: $20 per person

Info: 972-248-4653, http://www.adventurelanding.com

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New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at Main Event

Main Event has special pricing for activities including laser tag, bowling and billiards available for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Good to know: Free party favors!

Recommended ages: All

When: (Early) 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 31; (Late) 8 p.m. to close, Thursday, December 31; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, January 1

Where: Participating Dallas-Fort Worth area locations.

Cost: $24.99, adults + $19.99, kids 12 and younger, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 31; $29.99, adults + $24.99, kids 12 and younger, 8 p.m. to close, Thursday, December 31; $24.99, adults + $19.99, kids 12 and younger, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, January 1.

Info: http://www.mainevent.com/

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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, laser tag, rock climbing, billiards and video games. You also get the pizza and pasta buffet and soft drinks. The Countdown Party, from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., includes glow bowling, billiards, laser tag and rock climbing.

Good to know: You can attend both parties with a combo package

Recommended ages: All

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

Where: 2008 W. Pleasant Ridge Rd., Arlington

Cost: Family Party, $39.99 plus tax for adults and $34.99 plus tax for children ages 12 and younger; Countdown Party, $21.99 per person plus tax. Combo package that includes Family Party and Countdown Party, $49.99 plus tax for adults and $44.99 plus tax for children.

Info: 817-784-2695, http://alleycatsbowl.com

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Zoo Year’s Eve Overnight

Parents can party the night away and let the children stay ... at the Fort Worth Zoo. The kid-friendly Zoo Year’s Eve celebration includes dinner, snacks, up-close animal encounters, touring the Zoo on a moonlight safari, fun games and crafts. Breakfast will be provided in the morning.

Good to know: Registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable, no exceptions.

Recommended ages: 6 to 11

When: 5 p.m., Thursday, December 31, to 9 a.m., Friday, January 1

Where: Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76110

Cost: $75 per child

Info: https://www.fortworthzoo.org/plan-your-event/overnights/

Maricar Estrella: 817-390-7720, @maricare

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