Not every New Year’s celebration needs to turn into a Saturday Night Live digital short.
Sometimes you just want to take it easy with your family, enjoy a daytime excursion and spend the evening at home watching fireworks from your couch. Other times you just prefer to celebrate somewhere else but without a couple hundred thousand drunks.
If you fall into either category, we have some ideas for you.
Cosmic New Year’s Eve at Suncoast
Get a group together for late-night bowling at Suncoast’s 64 lanes. The resort is offering party packages starting at $22.50 per person, with a DJ and light show to keep you entertained on your way to 2018. 9 p.m., 702-636-7400 for reservations, suncoastcasino.com
Discovery Children’s Center Noon Year’s Eve
When you’re a kid foisted on your grandparents for New Year’s Eve and sent to bed before 9 p.m., there’s not much to celebrate. Fortunately, Downtown’s Discovery Children’s Museum is opening its doors in the morning, letting families explore the museum and ring in 2018 early with party favors and a balloon drop at noon. Kids will even have the chance to make their own New Year’s noisemakers and wishing wands. Adorable. 10:30 a.m. $10–$15 ($20–$30 for non-members), discoverykidslv.org
Kids Quest Balloon Drop
If your little ones can make it to midnight, the Kids Quest arcade/playrooms at all Station Casinos properties will host a balloon drop, all with special themes. Boulder Station’s theme will be a pajama jammy jam (with an additional early balloon drop at 10 p.m.), Green Valley Ranch is having a Star Wars-themed event (with appearances by Darth Vader and Kylo Ren), Red Rock Resort’s theme is “glitz and glam,” Santa Fe Station has a carnival theme, Sunset Station has a Winter Wonderland theme from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Texas Station will do arts and crafts throughout the night. http://www.stationcasinos.com
Lake Las Vegas Fireworks Show
We can guarantee one thing: There will be fewer people at Lake Las Vegas than on the Las Vegas Strip on New Year’s Eve. So you can enjoy the free midnight fireworks show at MonteLago Village while strolling with the family and not having to worry about seeing something utterly inappropriate or impossible to explain to your kids. lakelasvegas.com
Laughlin New Year’s Eve Dance Party
If you want to get as far away from Las Vegas as possible without just parking your car in the middle of the desert, Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin is hosting a New Year’s Eve dance party for its guests. Hotel packages include two drink tickets, party favors and complimentary champagne at midnight. 10:30 p.m., $462, visitlaughlin.com
Noon Year’s Eve at Town Square
Bounce house? Check. Inflatable slide? Check. Face-painting? Check. This is for the kids, right? Town Square kicks off its end-of-year celebration early, and a dance party will wear the kids out before the “Noon Year’s” balloon drop. If you’re in luck, they’ll be asleep before the sun goes down. 10 a.m., free, mytownsquarelasvegas.com
Springs Preserve New Year’s Eve
We gotta admit, that balcony at Springs Preserve’s Divine Café is a heckuva place to watch midnight fireworks. Your ticket to the café party will include appetizers and small bites, a champagne toast and music all night long. 8 p.m., $44 ($49 non-members), springspreserve.org
Wet ‘n’ Wild Christmas Town
Yes, we know this is not a New Year’s celebration, but two things: 1) Kids care more about Christmas than New Year’s, and 2) it’s your last chance to see it. The water park’s winter wonderland is open until December 31, so you can take more family photos, gorge on treats and fall down on the ice rink. It’s magical. 5:30 p.m., $20, wetnwildlasvegas.com
Looking for more ways to ring in 2018? From concerts to family-friendly activities and everything in between, check out our New Year’s Eve 2017 guide.