New Year’s Eve isn’t all about midnight; it’s the countdown that makes it fun. Instead of just sitting around the house waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square, treat your not-of-legal-age kids to the excitement of kicking 2016 out the door at Denver’s in establishments. These kid-friendly spots offer active entertainment to young celebrators, and probably offer a glass of champagne (or two) for mom and dad, as well.
Ace Eat Serve
Does your kiddo love Ping-Pong? He can watch the best of the best compete during Ace Eat Serve’s $1,000 cash prize New Year’s Eve pong tourney (sorry, no kids can compete at this event). When you’re not watching the pong matches, dig into the restaurant’s Asian-inspired menu (try the tiger wings). If your kids want a pint-size offering, we’d suggest a house-made soda and short rib bao bun off the kids’ menu. And if your little pong master makes it to the final rounds of competition, you won’t regret trying out the late-night menu (after 10 p.m.) as your last meal of 2016. Registration is $17 and includes a t-shirt; aceeatserve.com
Punch Bowl Social
If your crew likes Punch Bowl Social anytime of year, they’ll love it on New Year’s Eve. Reserve a lane for bowling, bring quarters for arcade games, and come prepared for some fierce foosball. Bring a hungry bunch and order up some lil street tacos, a Farmer’s Board of (La Quercia prosciutto, Burrata cheese, pickled veggies, onion jam, and toast), and the crowd favorite, the Canadian (classic Poutine, white cheddar cheese curds, and gravy). But your little ones won’t be able to ring in the new year here. The under-21 crowd has to be out by 10 p.m.—just like usual. If you’re looking for fireworks, head north to the festivities on 16th Street to finish the evening. punchbowlsocial.com
TopGolf’s New Year’s Eve celebration is for the family that wants to swing into the New Year and stay up to actually see it. The evening starts at 9 p.m. with reservation-only general and VIP golf bays available. The general option ($225) mean unlimited golf until 1 a.m. on January 1 for up to six people. The VIP bay ($450) is all the golf your family wants until 1 a.m., a buffet menu with the likes of chicken parm and smoked prime rib sliders, four-cheese macaroni, champagne for the parents, and unlimited soft drinks for the kids. Bonus: Don’t fret about bringing the NYE party favors, they’ll be there waiting for you when you arrive. topgolf.com
Correction: The original version of this article said that children can compete in Ace Eat Serve’s ping-pong tourney. Kids are not able to compete in the event, but can watch the fun and enjoy Ace’s menu. We regret the error.