Art meets New Year’s Eve

It's hard to miss the Orpheum Theatre's announcement that they're celebrating with Jerry Riopelle's Rockin' New Year's Eve with special guest Garland Jeffreys

My daughter Jennifer has a lovely childhood friend who often invites her for a New Year’s Eve slumber party. It’s nearly as much fun for me because I always put together a basket of treats they can enjoy together — hot chocolate, a gingerbread house kit, tasty pancake mix and such.

The winter break is a great opportunity to get children together for play dates, but I was never big on hosting them at our house. Instead, I often took them to see shows with friends — or helped them do craft projects together at a local museum or art studio.

The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix is presenting a children’s activity with a New Year’s Ever twist that’s just $2 (per craft) with museum admission. It’s called “Celebrate with Sound! Noisemakers for New Year’s Eve” and it takes place Fri, Dec. 30 from 10am-5pm. www.themim.org.

Radio Disney AM 1580 Phoenix presents “Noon New Year’s Eve” Sat., Dec. 31 from 9am-noon at the Phoenix Zoo. The annual event features more than 20 tons of snow, songs from Radio Disney’s “Top 50 Countdown  of 2011,” interactive entertainment, prizes and activities (including resolution writing). www.radiodisney.com/phoenix.

The Phoenix Symphony presents a “New Year’s Eve Celebration” Sat, Dec. 31 at Symphony Hall. The concert, featuring conductor Joseph Young, and soprano Lindsey Geroux, will include “classics from New York to Vienna.” Think Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, Rodgers & Hammerstein and more. www.phoenixsymphony.org.

Actors Theatre of Phoenix presents a New Year’s Eve performance of “Hunter Gatherers” at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, and is offering a special theater/dinner package for those who would also like to dine at My Big Fat Greek Restaurant before the show (theater/meal packages are also available on New Year’s day). Call 602-253-6701 to make reservations. www.atphx.org.

Arizona Theatre Company presents a New Year’s Eve performance of “Daddy Long Legs” at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, complete with complimentary champagne or sparkling cider before the show. Dinner/theater packages for those who would also like to dine at Sam’s Cafe at the Arizona Center that evening are available by calling the box office at 602-256-6995. www.arizonatheatre.org.

Hale Centre Theatre brings a bit of farce to New Year’s Eve festivities with a performance of “See How They Run,” a British comedy featuring the follies of a reverend who marries a former actress — plus a cockey maid and four men donning clergy garb. Two showtimes are available on Sat, Dec. 31, and each ticket includes party favors plus dessert bar and soda. www.haletheatrearizona.com.

Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria presents a New Year’s Eve gala titled “Hollywood Nights,” a fancy affair including cocktail/hors d’oeuvre reception, three-course dinner, a “Broadway Showcase,” and dancing on stage as the orchestra plays. The Sat, Dec. 31 event features emcee Cory McCloskey of Fox 10 “Arizona Morning.” www.azbroadwaytheatre.com.

If your Arizona arts group is presenting a New Year’s Eve celebration not noted here, please comment below to let our readers know.

— Lynn

Note: Always check age recommendations and other details before purchasing tickets. For a comprehensive listing of family-friendly events, click here to enjoy the Raising Arizona Kids calendar.

Coming up: Keeping pace with “Glee”

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