By Amy Kent
Herald Staff Writer
For all those little ones whose bedtime is before the ball drops on New Year's Eve, two local groups are putting on a party of their own for all the kids in town.
The Children's Discovery Center and Sawmill Museum will both host a party on New Year's Eve, offering all the classic celebrations like the balloon drop and confetti toss, early enough that all those kids will be safely tucked in bed long before the stroke of midnight.
"We're doing daytime family fun, so that people who are little and have early bedtimes can get in on the fun of New Year's Eve," Discovery Center coordinator Sarah Lind said. "They shouldn't miss out just because they can't stay up."
The Discovery Center's Family New Year's Eve party begins at 4 p.m., with a dance party from 4 to 6 p.m. and a special balloon drop at 6:30. The party will also feature pizza donated by local pizza places along with chips, veggies and refreshments.
The cost is $5 per person for non-members of the Discovery Center, and $2 for those who are. Children one and younger will receive free admission to the all-ages party.
"We will have more interactive arts and crafts for the older kids and a really simple one for our friends with little hands," Lind said. "So, it's really a good event for kids of all ages."
The Noon Year's Eve party at the Sawmill Museum is also an all-ages event, and will feature some of the same things as the Discovery Center. The party will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and those attending must pay the regular cost of admission. Lind encourages families to attend both of the parties.
At the Sawmill Museum, kids will get to experience their balloon drop at noon, when approximately 400 balloons will fall from the ceiling. They will contain special prize cards inside; kids will have to pop the balloons to win the prizes inside.
After the balloon drop, kids can play Just Dance on the Wii gaming system, romp around in the Lumberjack Camp or enjoy games and crafts throughout the day.
With only a couple of years under their belts hosting the parties, Lind and Sawmill Museum education coordinator Brenda Linville both hope the parties will be a success this year and that people continue to get excited about the kid-friendly New Year's Eve events.
"Our first year we had more attend than our second year, but if we get 50 people to come we'll be thrilled," Linville said. "We're doing a more elaborate balloon drop so I think it will be a lot of fun this year."