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Ring in the New Year Before Bedtime

Don’t let the kids miss out on the after-hours hoopla

Wave 2018 goodbye and welcome 2019 at one of these kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations in North Texas.

The Arlington and Hurst outposts kiss 2018 goodbye with all-day, all ages events. Families can attend a daytime party from 6:30-10:30pm at the Arlington location, and have their pick of playing laser tag, video games, rock climbing or bowling before pigging out on the pizza buffet and all-you-can-drink sodas from 7:30-9pm. For just 10 bucks more, your family can stay put and attend the official countdown party from 11pm-2am. (Admission to the countdown party alone runs $23.99+tax per person.) Head to the Hurst location for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve party from 8pm-2am. Attendees will snag a $10 game card, plus special savings on game cards during the event. Kids will enjoy unlimited activities and a buffet from 8pm until 10:30pm, when the balloon drop will occur. Don’t leave without grabbing your party favors from the Alley Cats team.
Cost: Arlington, $34.99+tax per kid 12 and under and $39.99+tax for adults (admission to the nighttime countdown party is an additional $10 per person); Hurst, $29.99 online presale and $34.99 at the door
2008 W. Pleasant Ridge Road, Arlington, 817/784-2695
609 N.E. Loop 820, Hurst, 817/589-0523

From 12-5pm, join the team at Celebration Station and ring in 2019 a few hours early at a daytime party in Mesquite. RSVP to secure access to free video games and unlimited laser tag, plus 10 bucks worth of game play. For just an additional $10, snag an access pass to unlimited outdoor attractions. The party will also feature pizza buffet and drinks, a balloon drop countdown, plus party favors and hourly giveaway prizes.
Cost: $24.99+tax per person
4040 Towne Crossing Blvd., Mesquite; 972/279-7888

From 12-6pm, families can celebrate at Jazzberry Jammin’ New Year’s Eve bash. Mid-day countdowns at noon, 3pm and 6pm will help your family celebrate without disrupting your little one’s sleep schedules. Additional activities include balloon twisting, face painting, magic shows and special appearances like Bluetiful.
Cost: $19.99 per person
6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano; 469/642-2901

Be home in time for dinner, bath and bedtime with the New Year’s shindig at Kid Expressions. Kicking off at 3pm, the three-hour celebration includes face painting, games, crafts and plenty of pizza, cookies and candy. Stick around until 4pm to toast 2019 with noisemakers, props and an epic balloon drop.
Cost: $11 per person; $8.50 per person for families 4+
1651 W. Eldorado Parkway, Suite 100, McKinney

Ring in the New Year by going back in time at a royal dinner and a show at Medieval Times on NYE. Modern-day knights will showdown during the live jousting matches, while you and your brood chow down on old-timey fare. (Be prepared to get a little messy – your four-course feast will be served without any pesky utensils). The two-hour tournament kicks off at 9:45pm, and festivities will continue on with music, dancing, party favors and more. At midnight, Mom and Dad can cheer with a champagne toast, while little ones can imbibe one of the many non-alcoholic options that will be served. In the event that those four courses haven’t left you fully sated, be sure to scoop up the midnight snacks, included in the price of admission. The party ends around 12:30am.
Cost: $36.95 per kid; $72.95 per adult
2021 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas; 214/761-1801

Bring your dancing shoes to Lewisville Public Library’s Noon Year’s Eve Dance Party, which will be held in the Bennett Children’s Wing. Starting at 11:30am, kiddos of all ages dance their hearts out until 11:59am when the countdown to noon begins. When the clock strikes 12pm, guests blow noisemakers, sing “Auld Lang Syne” and welcome the New Year under a balloon drop. The party ends around 12:30pm.
Cost: Free
1197 W. Main St., Lewisville

Let the good times roll at AMF Lanes, Bowlero and Bowlmor locations across North Texas, where two kid-friendly events allow families to say goodbye to 2018. The daytime family package, which is offered in two-hour blocks from 10:30am to 6pm on New Year’s Eve day, features unlimited bowling and a buffet of chicken tenders, French fries, pizza and drinks. Parents clink a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or cider for the early countdown 30–60 minutes before the party ends. For a family of night owls, the midnight celebration starts at 9pm and ends at 1am and includes unlimited bowling, a gourmet buffet with cheesy sliders, Caesar salad, sweet potato tots and a make-your-own nacho station and an on-screen ball drop when the clock strikes twelve. Prices vary per location. Call ahead to reserve your lane.

AMF DeSoto Lanes, 121 Northgate Drive, DeSoto; 971/780-8090
Cost: Daytime, $18.99 per person; evening, $35.99 per person

AMF Garland Lanes, 1950 Marketplace Drive, Garland; 972/613-8100
Cost: Daytime, $16.99 per person; evening, $35.99 per person

AMF Lewisville Lanes, 1398 W. Main St., Lewisville; 972/436-6575
Cost: Daytime, $18.99 per person; evening, $37.99 per person

AMF Richardson Lanes, 2101 N. Central Expressway, Richardson; 972/231-2695
Cost: Daytime, $21.99 per person; evening, $39.99 per person

AMF Spare Time Lanes, 3149 S. Cooper St., Arlington; 817/465-4997
Cost: Daytime, $20.99 per person; evening, $35.99 per person

Bowlmor Dallas, 3805 Belt Line Road, Addison, 972/620-7700
Cost: Daytime, $18.99 per person; evening, $37.99 per person

Bowlero Euless, 1901 West Airport Freeway, Euless; 817/540-0303
Cost: Daytime, $21.99 per person; evening, $38.99 per person

Bowlero Fairview, 351 Town Place, Fairview;
Cost: Daytime, $18.99 per person; evening, $37.99 per person

Brunswick Zone Denton Lanes, 2200 San Jacinto Blvd., Denton; 940/383-3515
Cost: Daytime, $20.99 per person; evening, $34.99 per person

Brunswick Zone Watauga Lanes, 7301 Rufe Snow Drive, Watauga; 817/485-2695
Cost: Daytime, $20.99 per person; evening, $34.99 per person

Celebrate early during the NYE Countdown til Noon event at Sci-Tech. The festivities kick off at 11am and include face painting, balloon twisting, trampoline time with Springfree and free taste tests of liquid nitrogen ice cream at iCream Cafe. At noon, the ceiling will rain balloons to ring in 2019 followed by more hands-on experiments and science-themed activities. Avoid the lines with the VIP Fast Pass, which gives you priority access to many activities and even lets you into the event a full hour early to take part in a special maker workshop. Purchase VIP and general admission tickets online.
Cost: starting at $10/member; $15/non-member; free for children under 3
8004 Dallas Parkway, Frisco, 972/546-3050


This article was originally published on Dec. 28, 2016; it was updated with additional reporting on Dec. 24, 2018.