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EVE 2014 to feature family-friendly activities

Published: Sunday, Dec. 29 2013 11:35 a.m. MST

Fireworks explode at the stroke of midnight at the Gallivan Center during the EVE celebration Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in Salt Lake City.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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Salt Lake’s Downtown Alliance is continuing its New Year’s tradition with EVE 2014. In its fifth year, the celebration will take place Dec. 29-31 and will bring back favorite activities from previous years, according to a news release from the organization.

"EVE is more than just a party — it's an expression of optimism, creativity and community," Jason Mathis, executive director for the Downtown Alliance, said. “No matter who you are, you are welcomed at EVE."

With events running for three days at nine different venues, the options cater to a variety of audiences.

For those seeking activities for the family, here is a list of EVE events:

Temple Square: In addition to several performances by musical groups throughout, a historical scavenger hunt with games and prizes will be offered at the FamilySearch Center in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. EVE passes are not required for any of the events on Temple Square, and activities will not be offered on Dec. 29.

BounceTown: Explore, jump and play in this large-scale inflatable apparatus. BounceTown includes castles, slides, obstacle courses and games and will be open Dec. 29-30, 6-10 p.m., and Dec. 31, 6 p.m.-midnight, at the Salt Palace.

Native American celebration: Native American storytelling will be featured Dec. 29-30, 7:15-8:15 p.m., at the Salt Palace Utah Performing Arts Stage. There will be a traditional celebration during the Winter Eve Powwow with song, dance and drumming on Dec. 31, 6-11 p.m.

Clark Planetarium: The planetarium will offer several shows as part of the EVE celebration, including a holiday music show, “Let It Snow,” and “Exploding Universe.” Show times vary Dec. 29-31.

Hoop-De-Doo: Contribute to a giant coloring book and play with 100 glowing hoops at the Salt Palace, Dec. 29-30, 6-10 p.m., and Dec. 31, 6 p.m.-midnight.

Theater: Join the Utah Children’s Theatre at the Salt Palace with an introduction to Shakespeare’s tragedies, Dec. 29, 8:15-9 p.m., and Dec. 31, 7-8 p.m.

Utah Jazz: Watch the Utah Jazz play the Charlotte Bobcats on Dec. 30, 7 p.m. Admission to the game is included in the EVE three-day pass, but seats are limited and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fireworks: As part of the New Year’s tradition, there will be two fireworks displays on Dec. 31. In order to accommodate the needs of families, the first will be set off at the Gateway at 7 p.m., and the second will appear over the Salt Palace stage at midnight.

A three-day pass to the EVE celebration is $15 for general admission, $5 for children ages 3-9 and free for children under 3.

For more information or a complete list of events, visit eveslc.com or call 801-333-1133.

Email: wbutters@deseretnews.com

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