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ABQ's New Year: Fun for families, fun for grownups

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Before you start writing those New Year's resolutions down, bear in mind that that day has not yet come. You still have time to be bad, to eat those Cheetos and to take your family to some great celebrations that pay appropriate homage to the year that was 2014.

Firstly, think about the kids. You can head to the North Valley Public Library (7704 Second Street NW) at 2pm on Wednesday, Dec. 31, for their Family New Year's Eve Party, during which families can partake in stories, songs, crafts and a countdown balloon drop. And it's completely free. Over at Taylor Ranch Library (5700 Bogart NW), they'll be having a New Year's Eve Party as well. That's at 3pm on the last day of December, and it's got pretty much all the same stuff as the North Valley Library's party. It's also free, so why not?

Then you'll want to ditch the kids because there are a couple good options for the 21-and-over crowd. Like the Midnight Masquerade party at Hotel Andaluz (125 Second Street NW). That happens at 9pm on New Year's Eve, and you'll wanna dress up for this one. There'll be champagne flowing, DJs spinning and, of course, the countdown. It can all be yours for $45. And if that sounds like tons of fun, try the New Year's Eve Museum Masquerade at ¡Explora! (1701 Mountain NW) that same night. That's at 8pm and features cash bars, live music, laser shows, food trucks and more. Admission to this festive happening is $25-$30, and that also gets you into the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (1801 Mountain NW). After all, the tagline is: two museums, one amazing party! ¡Explora! • Wed Dec 31 • 8pm-1am • $25-$30 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar