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Family-Friendly New Year’s Events; 21+ Events

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Family-Friendly Events

Noon Year’s Eve

What: Bring the whole family to SCI to celebrate the New Year 12 hours early! Activities include face painting, balloon twisting and, of course, a massive balloon drop as we count down to 2016 at 12:00 noon!
When: Dec. 31, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Where: Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater (401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines)

Ring in the New Year on the Ice at Brenton Skating Plaza

What: End 2015 and start 2016 on skates!
When: Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. until 12 a.m.
Where: Brenton Skating Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines)

Skate Brenton New Year’s Day

When: Jan 1, 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Where: Brenton Skating Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines)

Sober Under the Stars

What: An alcohol- and drug-free celebration of recovery event.
When:  Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Where: Science Center of Iowa (401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines)
Cost: $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children

All proceeds and contributions will help support Powell Chemical Dependency Center programs.

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What: It’s Des Moines’ biggest New Year’s Eve party for kids!
When: Dec. 31 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Where: Hy-Vee Hall/Community Choice Credit Union (730 Third Street, Des Moines)
Cost: Free

Kids and families will enjoy a countdown to the New Year with a Times Square-like confetti drop at 8 p.m.  The event features inflatable rides and bounce houses, mascots, carnival games with prizes, costumed characters, toddler zone, and dancers. The evening will wrap up with a spectacular fireworks show at 8:15 p.m.


Events for 21+

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What: Dueling pianos by Tony Bohnenkamp and Jerry Lorenson

When:  Dec. 31, 9 p.m.
Where: Wooly’s (504 E. Locust St.)
Cost: $20-$150

New Year’s Eve Pre Party at Firetrucker Brewery

What: You will get 4 beer samples and your own serving of 4 cheeses or meats to pair with these samples, plus a 10 oz glass of a house bee

When: Dec. 31, 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Where: Firetrucker Brewery (716 SW 3rd Street, Ankeny)
Cost: $20

New Year’s Eve at Prairie Meadows

What: Free party favors and live entertainment with Monkey, Monkey, Monkey and Finish Line Show Lounge
When: Dec. 31, 8 p.m. until midnight
Where: Prairie Meadows (1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona)
Cost: Free

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