Kids had a chance to welcome the New Year early on Saturday at the Baraboo Public Library.
During the fourth annual “Countdown to Noon Year’s Eve,” children played games, danced and made arts and crafts. Librarians also set up a face-painting station and a jungle gym made from cardboard boxes.
Youth Services Librarian Carey Kipp said she got the idea to host the Noon Year’s Eve event online.
“This is a nice way for the kids to have their own party,” Kipp said. “You can’t go wrong with face-painting, and you can’t go wrong with boxes.”
The early New Year’s celebrations are gaining popularity. Pinterest has endless ideas for Noon Year’s Eve celebrations. Netflix also brought back its on-demand New Year’s Eve countdowns for kids, so parents could celebrate the New Year with their children while still getting them to bed at a decent hour.
Kimberly Matusik brought her children to the library’s Noon Year’s Eve party for the second time and said they look forward to it each year. The program culminated with a sparkling grape juice toast at noon as balloons were dropped from the ceiling.
Kipp said her favorite part of the party was watching the kids dance.
“They’re getting all of their energy out,” she said.
The library’s next special youth event, a fairy tale tea party, will take place Jan. 20.