New Year's at Noon lets kids in on the year-end celebration

Children celebrate New Year's Eve early at the Eldersburg Brach of the Carroll County Public Library Dec. 30, 2017.

Five, four, three, two, one...noon?

That was the countdown for dozens of children in Eldersburg on Saturday as they rang in 2018 a bit earlier than most.


The New Year’s at Noon event, held for the third year in a row by the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library, is typically on New Year’s Eve, but it came a day earlier this year because the library is closed on Sunday this year.

But despite the earlier countdown and balloon drop, those in attendance weren’t any less enthusiastic. Many screamed, cheered and shook homemade noisemakers as the countdown ended and balloons and glitter fell the the floor.

Saturday’s event included a lot of activities, and started off with a short storytime, according to Angela Knight, children's services supervisor. After the storytime, kids had the chance to spend the next hour making noisemakers, coloring 2018 pictures, coloring and creating party hats, making New Year’s Eve balls, making sand-art necklaces, and icing edible party horns.

As with the widely watched New Year’s Eve event in New York’s Times Square, the noontime celebration culminated in a ball drop.

“[It’s something] the kids really, really enjoy,” Knight said, and this year was no exception.

As the kids and families moved around, some stopped to dance to the music or play an impromptu game of tag. Many were dressed up for the celebration, and some even had face paint for the festivities.

“We have lots of families in the areas and lots of little ones that may not necessarily want to stay up until midnight on New Year’s,” Knight said, “and I think it’s a fun way to bring families into the library to celebrate the new year in a safe, fun atmosphere.”

For Melissa McGuinness and her 4-year-old son, Noah, Saturday’s New Year’s at Noon was a first.

“I sounded like a lot of fun,” she said.

McGuinness, of Sykesville, stood with Noah as he iced his ice cream cone and added Skittles. It’s a great chance for him to see and interact with other children, she said, and they even ran into some kids from his daycare.

Activities like this really give him a chance to be creative, she said. And, McGuinness added, it’s a great chance for them to experience what New Year’s Eve is like without having to stay up too late.

Rosie Majka, of Eldersburg, also said the event was great for kids who won’t be able to stay up late to ring in the new year.

Majka came to the New Year’s at Noon event with her 3-year-old son Jimmie. It’s the second year they’ve gotten to come to the event.

“He gets to participate in New Year’s without having to stay up until midnight,” she said.


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 crazy, Majka said.

“It’s gets us out of the house,” she added.