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    Family Friendly New Years Eve in Des Moines

    Every year it seems as though holiday decorations are up earlier and earlier every year.  This year decorations were up at some stores before Halloween!  Despite that, they always seem to come down at the same time.  With all the big family meals out of the way, all the cookies eaten, and the holiday decorations on their way back to the garage it’s almost time to say goodbye to the holidays.  Well what better way to send them off than with a big bang.

    New Years Eve is the perfect holiday for this, sandwiched between Christmas and football, it allows us to send out the last year in style, and welcome in a new year.  While there are plenty of events to choose from for celebrating, it’s much tougher to find something to do when you have small kids.  While the kids may be too young to stay awake until midnight to watch the ball drop at Times Square, that doesn’t mean they should be left out of the celebrations.  There are quite a few ways your family can celebrate the new year and we’ve found a couple of things for you.

    1. GuideOne ImaginEve

    • When: Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011
    • Time: 4-8 p.m.
    • Cost: Free

    ImaginEve is a free, non-alcoholic family themed event for New Year’s Eve.  Featuring inflatable rides, bounce houses, clowns, balloon artists, carnival games, and live entertainment.  It’s a one stop shop for a good time for you and your family.  The event only runs until 8, so there’s still plenty of time afterwards to find a babysitter if you wanto to go out for a night on the town afterwards.  Or you can stay home and watch the ball drop on Times Square from the comfort of your couch!

    2. Noon Years Eve

    • When: Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011
    • Time: Doors open at 10am
    • Cost: Included with admission ($7-$11)

    If something earlier in the day is more appealing then look no further than the Science Center.  Featuring visits from the I-Cubs mascot, Cubbie Bear, and Maniac from the Des Moines Menace.  This event also features other family friendly events such as face painting and balloon art, and is capped off by a balloon drop at noon to celebrate the new year.  Geared more for smaller children it’s a great way to get the kids excited for the holiday.

    If your looking for a more adult themed way to ring in the new year, the Des Moines Metromix has put together an extensive list of events going on around Des Moines here.  No matter what you, have a good time and we look forward to seeing you in 2012!

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