New Year’s Noon: Families ring in 2019 with a lunchtime celebration

New Year’s Noon: Families ring in 2019 with a lunchtime celebration

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Who needs to stay up late for a New Year’s Eve countdown when you could do it 12 hours earlier?

More than 100 people decided to bring in 2019 early in downtown Wilmington on Monday.

“New Year’s Noon really spawned from our need to get children and adults together in a time convenient for both of them,” said Jim Karl, executive director of the Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “All too often, New Year’s Eve is a time when parents leave the house later and so this event is great to focus on children and parents learning together.”

Complete with an apple juice toast, streamers and noisemakers, dozens of children and their parents came out to get the party started. There were arts and crafts, singing and dancing, and a courtyard party.

The celebration gives little ones the chance to celebrate so they don’t stay up past their bedtime.

“It’s a day where the year comes to an end, and extended families that are in town can have fun here and explore together," Karl said. "The event has been a huge hit over the past 20 years.” said Karl.

Children also got to make glittery slime and New Year’s Eve party crowns.

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