Published: Mon, January 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

It's 12 o'clock somewhere: Noon Year's Eve a kid-centered celebration

It's 12 o'clock somewhere: Noon Year's Eve a kid-centered celebration

If midnight is just a little too late to stay up and celebrate, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is offering an earlier and more family-friendly alternative to the usual New Year's Eve festivities.

Saturday's event included a lot of activities, and started off with a short storytime, according to Angela Knight, children's services supervisor.

"She understands what New Year's is for the first time this year", said her mother, Jessica Watterson, who was chasing her.

The event at Durham Museum is created to ring in the new year with fun, but the museum also wants to keep traditions alive.

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As the kids and families moved around, some stopped to dance to the music or play an impromptu game of tag.

Some of the youngsters calmly toasted the New Year by clinking plastic glasses filled with apple cider, while many others raucously pounced on the fallen balloons to pop as many as possible during what can only be described as a full-on frenzy.

"I sounded like a lot of fun", she said. She said she was pleasantly surprised with the turnout. On top of the balloon drop, there were activities for kids in which they could construct New Year's bracelets, rattlers and paper-plate clocks. There were about 350 people at the event today. "Even if you're an adult like me and you don't want to stay up until midnight, you can come here and celebrate the New Year's at noon an go on with the rest of your day and have fun".

"It's gets us out of the house", she added.

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