Midnight is so past their bedtimes—here are our favorite picks for early countdowns and New Year's fun with the kids this Saturday night. And if they are old enough to stay up for the real 2012, we have options for that as well.

Zoolights at Utah's Hogle Zoo

Check out the zoo's nocturnal animals, and be amazed by the annual holiday lights displays, many featuring holiday music.

Ring in the new year at 9 p.m.. Kids can make their own noise makers, and the zoo will provide some entertainment leading up to the countdown.

Utah's Hogle Zoo, 2600 E. Sunnyside Avenue, 801-582-1631 Click here for more info

New Year's Eve Lock-in or Balloon Drop at Hollywood Connection

The family fun center across from the Maverik Center will hold an early countdown for the youngest guests at 5 p.m.

If you kids are old enough to stay up past midnight, they can ride the rides, roller skate, go on the coaster and hit the arcade till 12:30 a.m. for $25. Or they can stay till 7 a.m. on New Year's Day for just $35.

Hollywood Connection, 3217 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley Click here for more info

Ballet West's The Nutty Nutcracker

Night after night of performing The Nutcracker can make you a bit, well... nutty. So, this Friday and Saturday night, the show turns into a spoof of itself. Enjoy all of the same music and characters, but in a more funny, kid-friendly way.

Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, SLC, 801-355-ARTS Click here for tickets and more info

EVE, Downtown SLC

We posted an entire web story on what this year's EVE entails, and the part kids should be most excited about is the Bouncetown, with wall to wall inflatables to make it a jumpin' New Year's Eve. Click here for more info.