Summerside, P.E.I. - Noises that resembled the popping of fireworks echoed throughout the Summerside Rotary Library as the clock struck 12 p.m. on Saturday.
The “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration, a family-friendly version of New Years Eve, kicked off with balloons, games and crafts, capped off with a countdown to noon with the popping of bubble wrap stomped on by tiny feet.
Hazel Birch, organizer, said it’s the second year for the family-friendly event.
“We have 11 different stations to keep the children moving because last year we had such a large amount of youth that it became congestive, so we spread the activities around the library,” she explained.
“At the end, we have the big bubble wrap station where kids can jump up and down to ring in the New Year…We always do the countdown from 11 to 12 p.m. because we are closed on New Years day, and a lot of families would have commitments.”
Lynn Anne Hogan, from Kensington, came with a group of parents to soak in the experience.
“We thought it would be a great way to kick off the New Year with the kids and allow them to have some fun and utilize the space at the new library. It’s great that they did something for this age group.”
Hogan continued, “Looking back at 2017 I think we had a lot of fun and adventures, but we are excited for what the New Year brings.”
Fun themed activities included a pendulum swing that simulated a clock ticking off, candy-cane drops, rolling the dice to get numbers that make the year 2018, cup countdown, stacking blocks, and defying gravity with balloons.
“We always enjoy having lots of people come and participate in this event,” said Birch, with a grin.