Children celebrate last year’s “Countdown to Noon” at the library on New Year’s Eve 2015
For children, New Year’s Eve celebrations historically meant staying at home watching Times Square on television, trying to stay awake to see the ball drop. If they went out with families, it mean fighting through crowds, cold and fatigue for a midnight celebration catered toward adults. Now in recent years, area families and their children can celebrate the fun of New Year’s without the hassles of waiting for midnight.
“Noon Year’s Eve” and similar events have grown in popularity across the country, with hundreds available each year. In Loudoun, the library system and several business are organizing events centered around a 12 noon celebration.
Loudoun County Public Libraries have been putting on a Countdown to Noon for the past few years, allowing children and their parents an opportunity to avoid crowded or cold, less family-friendly events at night.
This year the Loudoun County Public Libraries in Ashburn, Lovettsville and Sterling Libraries, as well as Rust Library in Leesburg, are each hosting its own versions of a Noon Year’s Eve. The event features games, crafts and dance parties.
“Especially for younger kids it can be hard to find the right event.” Said LCPL Communications Division Manager Mary Frances Forcier. “Now they get to be with other kids and celebrate as a community.”
Children have plenty of other options, including at Leesburg’s Sweet and Sassy, a salon and spa catered towards girls. Participants receive a makeover, get a ride in a pink limousine, walk a runway to musical hits of 2016 and a watch a balloon drop at noon.
Kids will also celebrate a noon new year’s celebration at Monkey Joe’s in Sterling. The kid-centric play place is laying out bubble wrap across its floor that children can stomp on when the clock strikes 12 (noon).
It’s different than just a few years ago when there were few events catered toward children around the New Year holiday.
“You used to just watch Dick Clark and tried to see if you could see the ball drop,” said Monkey Joes General Manager Karen Usiak.