Cleveland Metroparks Zoo celebrates Noon Year's Eve

Noon Year's Eve 2016

"Every year we do this Noon Year's Eve for the kids to celebrate New Year's", said convention center General Manager Jessica Corona.

For parents with kids excited for 2018, there's a New Year's Eve celebration that is just for them.

"[It's something] the kids really, really enjoy", Knight said, and this year was no exception. "There's not a lot for kids to do on New Year's and this is a great way for them to ring in the New Year while staying warm and learning".

Shortly before the clock struck noon, the event's master of ceremonies began the traditional countdown, prompting hundreds of voices to resoundingly chime in, shouting, "10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1", before bellowing out in unison, "Happy New Year!" while hundreds of multi-colored balloons rained down upon them.

Megan Lojewski said she and her family didn't plan on staying up until midnight so the event was a good option.

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She said the event is special because it makes sure the children that attend can celebrate the holiday, too.

Kids could also run around and play inside the expansive Children, which has a jungle gym as well as hands-on games that let kids get scientific.

And for families looking for a memento from the New Year, a New Year's Eve-themed backdrop with stage lights on either side of it provides a way for people to take cool pictures to remember the night.

And, with the weather being as cold as it has been over the past few days, Saturday's event was an opportunity to burn off some energy and keep from being stir insane, Majka said.

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