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Jan 25, 2020








Hundreds of balloons are released as families flood a floor of bubble wrap at the Currier’s Noon Year’s Eve celebration. Courtesy photo.

Noon Year’s Eve 2015

Where: Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester
When: Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Advance tickets are $19 for adults, $10 for children and $9 for all Currier members. Door tickets are $22/$13/$12.  

A noon beginning
Daytime New Year’s fun for families

By Angie Sykeny

You don’t have to travel to Times Square or even stay awake till midnight to party it up this New Year’s Eve. With family-friendly events like Noon Year’s Eve at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, kids can ring in the new year with music, dancing, countdowns and more — and still make it home before bedtime.

Noon Year’s Eve, happening Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is the largest kids’ New Year’s event in northern New England, bringing around 600 guests to the museum.
“We started doing it in 2012, and every year it’s been hugely popular,” said Steve Konick, Currier director of PR and marketing. “I think there was a hole in the community for family-friendly New Year’s Eve events, so we’ve become a destination spot for families [looking to have] a New Year’s experience.”
The celebration will take place throughout the museum, which will be closed to the general public during the event. Kids can get their faces painted, take photos in the photo booth, participate in art projects like making their own noisemakers and enjoy healthy snacks like veggies and hummus.
There will be music and a dance party hosted by WZID in one of the rooms. Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth and other community groups will be running their own fun activities as well.
This year’s live entertainment is a magic show, with half-hour shows at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. (guests select a showtime when they buy tickets).
The official countdown and big finish will be held around 2:30 p.m., with a huge balloon drop and bubble wrap “fireworks.”
“It gets insane here,” Konick said. “When we hit zero, the kids rush down and smash the heck out of the bubble wrap all over the floor, there’s hundreds of balloons, and it’s really an explosive, somewhat ear-piercing thing. It’s so much fun.”
More kid-friendly New Year’s events
• Don’t miss the Family New Year’s Eve Celebration at Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover, on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with countdowns at 11 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m. Get a free noisemaker and make your own party hat, then gather around the glitter ball hung in the middle of the museum and count down as it descends. When the clock strikes “midnight,” there will be confetti, “Auld Lang Syne” and a ginger ale toast. Free with museum admission ($9, $8 for seniors and free for babies). 
• Join Imagination Celebrations party planning business for their launch party and New Year’s Eve Countdown to Noon event on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Marion Gerrish Community Center (39 W. Broadway, Derry). There will be music, dancing, crafts, prizes and more for all ages. Visit to buy tickets. $10 per child. Sales end Monday, Dec. 28. 
• Bounce into 2016 at the New Year’s Eve Party at Cowabunga’s! indoor inflatable playground (1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be games throughout the day as well as confetti countdowns at noon and 2 p.m. $10 for kids, free for adults and babies. 
• Head to Goffstown Public Library (2 High St., on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 11 a.m. to noon, for the New Year’s at Noon party, open to kids grade 3 and under. Registration required. 
• Bring your noisemakers, party hat and dancing shoes to the all-ages Noon Year’s Eve Celebration & Dance Party at Derry Public Library (64 E. Broadway, on Thursday, Dec. 31, beginning at 11 a.m., and ending with a balloon drop and ginger ale toast at noon. No registration required. 
• Ring in the new year with noisemakers, balloons and confetti at Manchester City Library’s (405 Pine St., New Year’s Party on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 1 to 7. Registration required. 
• Join Hooksett Public Library (31 Mount St Mary’s Way, for games, activities and more at the all-ages Countdown to Noon party on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 11 a.m. to noon. 
• If you missed the other New Year’s celebrations, head to the New Year’s Party Again at Kimball Library (5 Academy Ave., Atkinson, on Saturday, Jan. 2, from 11 a.m. to noon. Make something sparkly, something noisy, something tasty and learn how New Year’s is celebrated around the world. Smaller children will need adult help. Registration required. 

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