Need something to do on New Year’s Eve? Here are several options.
First Night 2013
“The Spirit of Iowa Arts” is the theme for First Night, a New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts throughout downtown Council Bluffs. The event includes musicians, performance art, artistic displays and more. Events are at 13 indoor venues; the Union Pacific Museum and the Squirrel Cage Jail Museum will be open until 9 p.m. Kids’ events are at Bloomer School, 210 S. Seventh St. Food vendors will be at Community Hall, 205 S. Main St.; art displays will be at City Hall, 209 Pearl St. Shuttle service will be available among venues. The grand finale for the evening will include a fireworks display at 10 p.m.
WHEN: Dec. 31.
HOURS: Events from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Children’s events end with a finale at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bayliss Park, 599 First Ave., Council Bluffs.
ADMISSION: Buttons admission $10. Children 12 and under are free. Admission buttons can be purchased at Council Bluffs Hy-Vee and No Frills locations, the Treasurer’s Office in City Hall.
INFORMATION: 712-328-4601 or firstnightcouncilbluffs.org.
First Night of Play
Enjoy this family-friendly New Year’s Eve party with plenty of fun for children and a bubble-wrap stomp countdown. This year’s theme is New Year in the City, with plenty of play in the Itty Bitty City exhibit and throughout the museum. The party includes a pizza dinner, gift bag, live concert, dance party, face painting, balloon art, special science shows and more.
WHEN: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31.
WHERE: Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.
ADMISSION: $10 members; $14 non-members. Children under 2 are free but require a ticket. Buy tickets online at ocm.org or in person.
INFORMATION: www.ocm.org or 402-342-6164.
Noon Year’s Eve at Durham Museum
Get an early jump on your New Year’s celebration. Children will especially enjoy the fun-packed party with music by the Doo-Dads, special crafts and activities. The day ends with a celebratory bubble wrap stomp and ball drop at noon in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Great Hall. Sponsored by ConAgra Foods.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 31.
WHERE: The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.
ADMISSION: $8 adults; $6 seniors (ages 62 and older); $5 children (ages 3 to 12); free for members and children 2 and under.
INFORMATION: 402-444-5071 or www.durhammuseum.org.
Noon Year’s Eve at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo
Party with the animals and celebrate New Year’s Eve at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. Have a wild time with activities, entertainment and an early countdown to 2013.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 31.
WHERE: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, 3701 S. 10th St.
ADMISSION: Event activities are free to zoo members and to others with regular zoo admission of $13.50 adults (age 12 and over); $12 seniors (age 65 and over); $9 children (ages 3 to 11); free for kids 2 and under.
Omaha Christian Singles New Year’s Eve Dance
Ring in 2013 with other singles.
WHEN: 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31; buffet at 9 p.m.
WHERE: Fire Fighters Union Hall, 6005 Grover St.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular
Join thousands on New Year’s Eve for a fireworks display choreographed to music. Co-sponsored by TD Ameritrade and Alegent Creighton Health.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Dec. 31.
WHERE: Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam Streets.
Information: 402-345-5401 or holidaylightsfestival.org