Baltimore's New Year's Eve Extravaganza, the city's biggest such celebration, offers all the fun of New Year's but without the champagne. The nonalcoholic family event, which concludes Baltimore's Bicentennial festivities, will be held in two locations -- the Baltimore Convention Center, at Pratt and Howard Streets, and the Inner Harbor -- on Wednesday.
With eight different family-oriented, alcohol-free parties, all under one roof at the Convention Center, the event provides a little something for everyone. Kids can work out that holiday sugar at Kids' Place, where they're provided with drums to bang on, balls and rings to toss and music to sing and dance to, courtesy of TV's John "The Kinderman" Taylor. For teen-agers, there's the Arcade Zone, offering the latest in video game fun. Those who can't wait to see what the new year holds can ask a tarot card reader or astrologer. Music lovers can enjoy live bands specializing in everything from jazz to country to a cappella to rock and soul. For the ham in the family, there's Karaoke Theater, and those who want to dance can take the chance at Club 1998, in the Convention Center lobby. Strolling performers also will be present. Light snacks are included in the price of admission, and more food is available for purchase at the event.