DOVER - Children and their families can ring in 2014 while the sun is still shining at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire's New Year's Eve celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 31.
This festive event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes three "countdowns to midnight" — at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
At each countdown, a glittering ball drops 30 feet from the ceiling as everyone counts down the last 10 seconds of the year.
Noisemakers and confetti create an atmosphere like Times Square, and everyone can toast with bubbly ginger ale in plastic champagne glasses.
Visitors are also invited to make their own sparkly party hats and write their wishes for the coming year on mini flying blimps that are launched at each countdown.
"The Children's Museum has been hosting this tradition for more than 20 years, and it remains one of our most popular annual events," said Jane Bard, museum president. "Kids hear about the excitement of what happens at midnight and want to experience it for themselves. We create a fun party atmosphere so they feel like they've actually celebrated New Year's Eve and can still get to bed on time. It's a great way for different generations within a family to ring in the New Year together."
Children can play in exhibits such as the Yellow Submarine, Dinosaur Dig, Kids' Café and Music Matrix.
The Early Learning Landscape area upstairs is open to children ages 3 and under.
Regular admission of $9 for adults and children applies for this event. Seniors pay $8 and military members receive a 10 percent discount.
Museum members and children under 1 get in for free.
Reservations are not required.