New Year’s Eve can mean a long night for many people, especially those staying up until midnight in hopes of seeing the ball (oyster, fleur de lis, Moon Pie, etc.) drop to symbolically ring in the new year. But for others, midnight is past their bedtime and the only hope they have for seeing the festivities is a replay on television the following day.
The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center on Saturday provided an alternative for Coast children hoping to ring in the new year with their family, albeit a few hours early.
The Countdown to Noon was everything New Year’s Eve a child could want — food and kid-friendly beverages, noisemakers, balloons and a countdown at five seconds to noon, complete with the lowering of a ball.
It also gave some of the hundreds in attendance a chance to reflect on the coming year by discussing their resolutions for 2017 with the Sun Herald.
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“I would like to go to Disney World.”
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“I want to collect more Pokémon.”
“I want to go to Germany to see my Nana.”
“I would like to see world peace.”
”I would like to take my family on a trip.”