Adults looking to ring in 2017 with food, DJs and drinks galore should check out one of these seven events.
The Dave Stephens Band will provide the big-band music for New Year’s Swingin’ Eve, with two dance areas in the Sprint Festival Plaza at Union Station. Admission will cover party favors, drinks, hot appetizers and a midnight champagne toast. The dance band KC Flo will also play. $110. 816-460-2020. unionstation.org/events/new-years-swingin-eve.
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NYE Live, beginning at 9 p.m., will include access to all venues of KC Live, with all-inclusive food and drink packages, live entertainment, party favors, champagne toasts and a countdown to midnight with a Times Square-style ball drop. $70-$175. 816-842-1045. nye-live.com/kansas-city.
Only at the Uptown’s New Year’s Eve Bash will you find a craft beer garden to go with the open bar and DJs. Other draws are heavy appetizers and a laser show, with dinner available if you go the VIP route. $55-$125. 816-753-8665. uptowntheater.com.
Scottish Rite Temple
A throng of 2,500 is expected in the nearly 90-year-old edifice for NYE at The Temple VII, which boasts six hours of unlimited drinks, 10 bars, eight party areas, five DJs, a balloon drop, a huge LED screen and lasers. There’s even free parking. $60-$249. nyekc.com.
White Party II will give partiers the chance to ring in the new year in a historic theater in the heart of midtown Kansas City. DJs will play today’s hottest dance music, and there will be party favors and unlimited premium drink packages. $40-$125. kansascity-newyearseve.com.
With four entertainment areas on four levels under one roof, the Black Party XIII will provide music for just about every taste, including DJ Architekt on the main stage. Other highlights are unlimited premium drinks, a buffet and a champagne toast. A shuttle service will provide transportation to and from the Sheraton Crown Center. $80-$119. blackpartykc.com.
Countdown at the Corner has a simple premise: One ticket will let you celebrate in five bars: Sol Cantina, The Drop, Barrel 31, Ollies Local and Tower Tavern. Each ticket will cover unlimited drinks from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $40-$80. eventbrite.com.
Children get to celebrate the new year early. Here are three events that have a lot of fun planned.
Kansas City Zoo
When it’s noon in Kansas City, it’s midnight in Kazakhstan, so maybe at least some of the animals won’t mind celebrating 12 hours early. Zoo Year’s Eve (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) will feature an interactive DJ, animal activities, photo booth and a ball drop at noon. Included with admission, $11.50-$14.50. 816-595-1234. kansascityzoo.org/special-events/zoo-years-eve.
It’s not against the law to learn something and have fun at the same time. That’s the idea at Union Station’s Science City, which will celebrate Noon Year’s Eve from noon to 7 p.m. with demonstrations and activities in the Demo Area. Parents are welcome. Included with admission, $11.50-$13.50. 816-460-2020. unionstation.org/sciencecity/events/noon-years-eve.
Wonderscope Children’s Museum
WonderEve activities will start at 9 a.m., with all eyes on the big countdown to noon. There will be a balloon artist, story time, art activity and treats including doughnut holes and juice. Mr. Stinky Feet will perform at 11 a.m., and he will lead the countdown fun that will include noisemakers, hats and a confetti shower. Included with admission, $6-$7. 913-287-8888. wonderscope.org.
Other party events
7th Street Casino
75th and Wornall
Waldo Ball Drop. Free. waldokc.org.
Asa Sushi Hibachi Lounge
“Just Friends” New Year’s Eve Party. $85. eventbrite.com
Bristol Seafood Grill
Common Grounds Roasterie Bistro
Visionary Impact Theater NYE Party. $150. eventbrite.com.
Dave & Buster’s
DoubleTree Overland Park
Genesis New Year’s Eve Celebration. $45. genesiskc.com/monthlyevent.
The Grille at Park Place
Howl at the Moon
KC Mingles Nite Club
Kelly’s Westport Inn
Lew’s Grill & Bar
New Year’s Eve Bash. $5. lewsgrillandbar.com.
Lifted Spirits Distillery
One Block South
Overland Park Ballroom and Social Club
“Roarin’ 1920s” New Year’s Eve Party with DJ Just and Victor & Penny. $25-$50. therecordbar.com.
Rhythm & Booze
The View @ Briarcliff
Champagne Chic New Year’s Eve. $15-$559. visionskc.com.
NYE on the Red Carpet: A Hollywood Glam Gala. $60-$100. eventbrite.com.
Waldo, Brookside and Plaza
NYE Limo Crawl. $45. eventbrite.com.
Theater, music, comedy and such
Chestnut Fine Arts Center
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Levee Bar & Grill
Kick Comedy Theater
New Year’s Eve at the Kick. $25-$30. kansascitycomedy.com.
Abyss featuring Trisicloplox. $10. nichekc.com.
New Theatre Restaurant
Quality Hill Playhouse
Stanford’s Comedy Club
Uptown Arts Bar