The Hippo


May 31, 2020








 More family- and kid-friendly New Year’s Eve events

• Join the Manchester City Library Main Branch (405 Pine St., Manchester) on Friday, Dec. 29, beginning at 11 a.m. for its Children’s New Year’s Party in the Winchell Room. Ring in the New Year at the stroke of noon with noisemakers, balloons and confetti provided for visitors. Children ages 1 to 7. Registration required. Visit or call 624-6550 ext. 3328.
• Join the Derry Public Library (64 E. Broadway, Derry) for its Noon Year’s Eve Party on Saturday, Dec. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Instead of staying up all night, ring in the new year at the library at noon with a dance party and balloon drop. No registration required. Visit or call 432-6140.
• The Hampstead Public Library (9 Mary E. Clark Drive, Hampstead) is having its New Year’s at Noon celebration on Saturday, Dec. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit or call 329-6411.
• Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Noon with the Goffstown Public Library (2 High St., Goffstown) on Saturday, Dec. 30, from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Families with kids up through grade 3 are invited to the fifth annual event. Admission is free, but registration is required. Visit or call 497-2102.
• The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover) will be hosting its Family New Year’s Eve Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual event features several “countdowns to midnight” at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., when museum staff will lower their glittery disco ball and confetti will fly. Wish blimps made by visitors will gently fall to the ground in the festive environment that is reminiscent of Times Square. Visitors can make sparkly recycled paper hats throughout the event and enjoy a photo booth. Museum admission is $10 for adults and children over 1, and $9 for seniors age 65 and older. Visit or call 742-2002.
• Hampton Beach (169 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton) will host a special fireworks display on Sunday, Dec. 31, starting at 8 p.m. Bring a blanket and the whole family to experience the night sky lit up by a curated display of fireworks. Visit or call 926-8717.
Noon Year’s Eve at the Currier Museum of Art
Where: Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester
When: Sunday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for kids age 13 to 17, and $15 for kids 12 and under.

The year of the kids
Ring in the new year with family

By Ethan Hogan

 You won’t have to stay up till midnight to enjoy the holiday at the Currier Museum of Arts’ Noon Year’s Eve on Sunday, Dec. 31. The event happens during the day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“It’s a nice safe family-friendly event where parents and children alike can celebrate the new year without staying up all night,” said Tiffany Eddy, a marketing specialist at the museum.
Eddy said the event can also be an opportunity to get the kids’ celebration done early so parents can go out later.
For the first time, the Currier will be hosting outdoor events in addition to its indoor festivities. Kids can paint snowflakes outside and families can enjoy the Empanada Dada food truck serving a variety of empanadas, Cuban sandwiches and layer bowls.
The museum’s art galleries will be open throughout the day and visitors will get the chance to try face painting, coloring and the dance party.
Laura Boyce from Greg & The Morning Buzz will act as DJ while kids are busy at the photo booth or the hat-making crafts station. Juggler Bryson Lang will be doing a live performance to accompany the museum’s current exhibit, The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec, a 100-year-old lithograph that reveals the enduring beauty of Paris.
The museum’s Winter Garden will host the grand finale, with hundreds of balloons dropped to celebrate the new year. Kids can jump around on the bubble wrap as the balloons fall and the confetti flies. 
“There are hundreds of balloons in a giant net in the Winter Garden. They let them go and kids jump up and down and it’s very special. They have bubble wrap all over the floor and the kids can jump on it and it’s like fireworks going off,” said Eddy. 

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