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No reservations required Ideas for fun if you don’t have any plans for New Year’s Eve

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at 10:20 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at 9:45 a.m.

So it’s New Year’s Eve and you haven’t made any plans yet.

Note to self: Make “Stop procrastinating” your top New Year’s resolution.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of things to do today and this evening in the Wichita area – both for families and adults. And you don’t need reservations for any of them.

Here are nine ideas, in no particular order, worth checking out:

Take it easy

The Eagles tribute band, Tumbleweed, will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Kansas Star Casino, 777 Kansas Star Dr. in Mulvane. Complimentary party favors and a midnight champagne toast will be provided. Prize drawings will be held at 3, 7 and 11 p.m. The casino’s Kitchen Buffet will have a lunch buffet special for $12.99 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. A prime rib buffet will be available until 10 p.m. for $24.99.

Eagle fans better leave the kids at home for this event because it’s 21 and older only.

Play video games

Bring the kids along to witness “Videotopia: It’s Game Time” in the traveling exhibit’s final days at Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. The museum will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For admission prices and more information, go to exploration.org.

Parents can play all their favorite arcade games with their kids before dropping them off at the baby sitter’s for the night. The exhibit’s last day at Exploration Place is Tuesday.

Trace some figure eights

Public skating is available from 6 to 10 p.m. for people of all ages at the Wichita Ice Center, 505 W. Maple. Bundle up the children for a night on the rink and then send the kids to bed after watching an early ball drop at the rink. Public skate sessions cost $7, plus a $3 skate rental. For ages four and under, admission is $3.

Adults only can celebrate the ball drop in the upstairs bar until 2 a.m.

Take in a movie

Go spend those Warren Theatre gift certificates while the kids are still on holiday break. The Warren Theatre will have showings of all of the newest releases, from “Les Miserables” to “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Or bring the kids to see “Monsters Inc. 3D” or “Wreck-It Ralph.”

The bar scene

Dozens of bars in the Wichita area will ring in the New Year tonight. Here are a couple:

Known for its karaoke nights, Magoo’s Bar & Grill, 2304 S. Oliver, will offer a New Year’s Eve dinner special that includes a Kansas City strip, $1 Miller High Lifes and other regular drink specials. A champagne toast at midnight will ring in 2013 in style.

The Pumphouse, 825 E. 2nd Street North in Old Town, will offer complimentary champagne toasts at midnight while Kansas City disc jockey “Gum-B” provides the music. The restaurant opens at 4 p.m. while music starts around nine. The Pumphouse will also have New Year’s Eve drink specials on tap.

For more specials at Wichita nightclubs, go to events.kansas.com/holidays/new_years_eve.

Set phasers to stun

Take some of the older kids to Laser Quest, 2120 N. Woodlawn, from 1 until 6 p.m. for some laser fun. Laser Quest is offering its Holiday Triple Play special that will give each person three games for $18. The offer ends Wednesday.

Get a workout

If you need to get your workout in, the YMCA and Genesis Health Club will both be open New Year’s Eve. The YMCA’s hours for the day are 4:45 a.m. until 5 p.m. (El Dorado closes at 2 p.m.) and Genesis Health Club is open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find a location near you to get head start on your New Year’s resolution to exercise more.

Avoid the gutter

The Alley, 11413 E. 13th Street, will hold two separate bowling parties, one from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and another from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Both parties include use of the lanes and Go Karts, a 16-inch pizza with unlimited soda refills and cosmic bowling for 90 minutes. Admission to either party is $69.99 for up to six guests.

Northrock Lanes, 3232 N. Rock Road, will have three separate parties. Each party will feature unlimited bowling for three hours, shoe rental for up to six guests, pizza and soda buffet, colored pin bowling for prizes, party favors and a celebratory toast. Prices vary. Go to www.northrocklanes.com for more information.

Derby Bowl, 444 S. Baltimore, is inviting families out for some midnight recreation. The special includes one single-topping Papa John’s pizza and a pitcher of soda. Family Cosmic Bowling is available from 7:30 until 9:30 p.m. for $15 per person. If the kids get tired, take them to the baby sitter’s and come back at 10 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. for Countdown Cosmic Bowling. The cost is $17 per person. But if the kids can stay up, they’re invited to the Countdown Cosmic Bowling as well.

Staying home

If you decide to stay home with the kids, you might consider tuning into these shows:

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” with Ryan Seacrest. Despite the death of Dick Clark earlier in the year, ABC will still run the popular New Year’s Eve special. Ryan Seacrest will host the event live at Times Square, while Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas will host the West Coast party. Performers include Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen and Neon Trees.

“New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” on NBC. He will be joined by co-host Angela Kinsey of “The Office.” The special will feature musical performances by Train and Cassadee Pope, winner of NBC’s “The Voice.” Daly and Kinsey will also be live tweeting New Year’s and backstage news.

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