It's the same story and choreography as Ballet West's The Nutcracker, but with a bit more humor and surprises for families. The original's run, about a young girl who dreams of a Nutcracker prince and battle with the Mouse King, goes through Dec. 28. The Nutty Nutcracker shows on Dec. 30 and 31.
Capitol Theatre, 7 p.m. 50 W. 200 South, SLC Click here for tix
Countdown at Zoolights!
The Hogle Zoo's Zoolights! officially comes to an end on New Year's Eve, and every year they close with an early countdown to 9 p.m. (think of it as counting down to New Year's with the good folks in Newfoundland, who are three hours ahead). The kids will get to bed early, and the family will have one last great night out for 2010.
Utah's Hogle Zoo, show a couple hours before 9 p.m. 2600 E. Sunnyside Avenue, SLC Click here for more info
All-Night Party at Hollywood Connection
Most older kids probably want to hit a friend's New Year's Eve party, but if you want to make sure they're having fun in a safe place, sans booze, send them to Hollywood Connection for the huge New Year's Eve bash. The party starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 7 a.m. with rides, skating, mini-golf, a movie and breakfast for $30. When you buy before Dec. 31, you'll also get a 42 point card for tokens.
Hollywood Connection 3217 Decker Lake Drive, West Valley Click here for more info
In case you've never been to this place and don't know what it's like, I dropped by HC on Christmas Eve, when crowds were sparse, for some photos of what your kids can check out at the fun center this New Year's:
Have a safe and happy 2011.