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Finding a resort that can maintain a kid-friendly vibe over the New Year's holiday can be tricky, but many are rising to the challenge by offering family fun right up until the stroke of midnight. If Christmas break is already full to the brim with commitments, New Year's may be just the ticket to sneak away with the kids before school starts up again. So if watching the ball drop from your living room feels ho-hum, think about heading to a resort that'll be ringing in 2011 with sparkling grape juice and special entertainment packages.

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa (http://lostpines.hyatt.com)
Where: Austin, TX
Why: Because this luxurious wilderness resort is serving up a Texas roadhouse barbeque and a slew of New Year's entertainment including an outdoor jamboree. Kids can enjoy face painting and balloon artists while the grown-ups two-step to live music. Families can also go on wagon rides, nature walks, or horseback rides by day, and at night they can take in a round of glow-in-the-dark miniature golf before the fireworks display lights up the sky. The Family New Year's Eve Celebration package starts at $369 and includes a barbeque dinner and breakfast for four, champagne toast, and entertainment. Additional nights may be added for $119.

Purity Spring Resort (www.purityspring.com)
Where: East Madison, NH
Why: Because this resort really delivers on New Year's, with a two-night all-inclusive package and a whirlwind of winter activities, including skiing, snowshoe tours, snow tubing, a torchlight parade, ice skating, music, fireworks, and bonfires. Indoors, kids can join parents in a pizza party, or watch the ball drop on the big screen. "Tykes Night Out" entertains little ones with face painting, magic, games, and balloon-shaping. This offer bundles in breakfast, lunch, dinner and free babysitting on New Year's Eve. All-inclusive rates start at $258 per adult and $72 per child 4 to 12. There is an additional charge for horse-drawn sleigh rides and snow tubing.

Cragun's Resort and Hotel (www.craguns.com)
Where: Brainerd, MN
Why: Because Cragun's is planning a New Year's extravaganza that includes three different party options for kids and adults. The family party includes games, music, food, and prizes while adults have two late-night options for a little dancing and karaoke. There are two dinner buffet options as well as a Sunday breakfast buffet. Daytime activities include broomball, bingo, ice fishing, dogsledding, family trolley rides, and more. Or, you might want to just relax in the indoor pool area, whirlpool, and spa. Three-night packages for a family of four start at $149 a night. (One- and two-night packages are also available.) The dinner buffet is an additional charge.

Oglebay Resort (www.oglebay-resort.com)
Where: Wheeling, WV
Why: Because this resort is hosting a "Jungle Safari Adventure" with snakes, parrots, caricature artists, face painters, and a 45-minute animal show under the stars. A special celebration is also available for little ones who can't stay awake until midnight with an early countdown and balloon drop. The Family New Year's Eve package starts at $365 and includes dinner, entertainment, breakfast buffet, and vehicle admission to the holiday Festival of Lights.

CoCo Key Water Resort (www.cocokeywaterresort.com)
Where: Omaha, NE
Why: Because CoCo Key is Nebraska's largest indoor waterpark resort, featuring 40-foot raft and body slides, splash pads, and spa for the grown-ups. Families can ring in the new year with a midnight beach ball drop, games, prizes, and arts and crafts. CoCo's Rocking New Year's Eve package starts at $209 and includes four two-day waterpark passes, overnight accommodations, four Pizza Hut combo meals, keepsake photo, and activities.

Salt Fork Resort and Conference Center (www.saltforkresort.com)
Where: Cambridge, OH
Why: Because this resort has a beautiful setting in Salt Fork State Park and a ton of events planned to celebrate the new year. The family celebration includes an indoor carnival with games, karaoke, snow cones, and cotton candy, and later adults can ring in the New Year with a live DJ. For outdoor fun, families can go sledding on the golf course once voted "best sledding hill" by Ohio magazine readers. Two-night packages start at $339, and a third night can be added for just $59. The package includes breakfast and a dinner buffet for two, plus New Year's Eve entertainment. The dinner buffet costs $12.95 per child ages 4 to 10; the breakfast buffet costs $6.95 per child.

Sunriver Resort (www.sunriver-resort.com)
Where: Sunriver, OR
Why: Because New Year's marks the grand finale to the resort's holiday "Traditions" program when more than 150 activities are available to guests. Come a day early and catch a magic show or a musical nature-themed performance before choosing one (or more) of the many options on New Year's Eve. The family party kicks off with board and arcade games, prizes, ice cream sundaes, and sparkling cider. After, teens can attend the "Glow Dance," with black lights, glow sticks, and the best hits of 2010, while grown-ups can head to their own celebrations. For the younger crowd, Fort Funnigan is transformed into a concert stage where the party continues until after midnight (if they can stay up that late). Other activities include snowmobiling, a New Year's Eve bonfire, dinner buffets, snowshoeing, arts and crafts, scavenger hunt, and a polar-bear plunge on January 1. The Sugarplum package starts at $149 a night and includes a $50 resort credit which can be used toward activities.

Omni Amelia Island Plantation (www.omnihotels.com)
Where: Amelia Island, FL
Why: Because this luxury resort offers something for everyone with parties for adults, kids, and families. Little ones can head to the Pirates of the Caribbean-themed bash with a pirate ship bounce house and a screening of the movie, sparkling cider, and dinner. The resort is also hosting a teen party with Nintendo Wii games, root beer floats, bowling, and a New Year's Eve feast, while parents can enjoy a romantic dinner on their own. There's also a "Midnight at Nine" party so the whole family can welcome in the new year together. The New Year's Eve package is priced from $299 and includes oceanfront lodging, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, drink voucher, and a $125 resort credit for kids programs, spa, golf, or tennis. New Year's Eve event pricing varies, but the family party is $23.75/adult and $9.85/child.

Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells (www.kalahariresorts.com)
Where: Wisconsin Dells, WI
Why: Because Wisconsin's largest indoor waterpark is hosting a Mardi Gras-themed party and a masquerade dinner buffet with Cajun-style cuisine. The Kalahari safari characters will join in the fun at the family party with trivia and karaoke, and later teens can head to their own dance party and scavenger hunt. During the day, families can relax in the lazy river, splash in the wave pool, or test their balance at the indoor surf-simulator. A two-night stay starts at $550 and includes accommodations, daily waterpark admission, New Year's Eve buffet, and special holiday events.

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