Ringing In the 'Noon' Year

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Despite a little snow on the ground overnight, about 50 children participated Saturday, which is how many it traditionally draws. After the storytime, kids had the chance to spend the next hour making noisemakers, coloring 2018 pictures, coloring and creating party hats, making New Year's Eve balls, making sand-art necklaces, and icing edible party horns.

Instead of watching the ball drop and drinking champagne, visitors could enjoy a balloon drop and ginger ale.

The museum has held this event every year since it opened in 1999.

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

"It's his first real New Year's because he was too tiny for it last year", said Rick Flynn.

Cindy Thirion of Champion said she's been bringing her granddaughters to different library programs for years.

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You can also take the family for some "Zoo Years Eve" fun at the Denver Zoo.

Swarna Yeminedi, 7, said she came to the Noon Year's party because she likes to do crafts.

Just like on New Year's Eve, they counted down to "midnight" and rang in 2018 with confetti poppers. And, the daytime event helps parents out when nighttime comes.

"Even some adults don't want to have to stay up until midnight and a lot of times kids and adults don't get to do that New Year's celebration together, so this offers an opportunity for that".

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

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