San Jose: ‘Noon Year’s Eve’ gives kids a chance to ring in the New Year

SAN JOSE — Hey, it was midnight somewhere.


Dozens gathered to watch a Times Square-style ball drop when the clock struck noon at the Children’s Discovery Museum on Saturday, ending a 10-second countdown with cheers, oohs and aahs and loads of confetti.

It’s a familiar sight around the world on New Year’s Eve, but this event was all about the kids. The museum celebrated the arrival of 2017 with “ball drops” across different time zones, which included shout-outs to the appropriate countries at those hours.

When the ball dropped at noon, for example, it was midnight in Dubai. The ball was dropped again at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in unison with other celebrations around the world.

Linda Poggetti of Sunnyvale attended for the first time with her husband and their two kids, 6-year-old Gianna and 4-year-old Luke.

“I thought it’d be a fun-filled day to enjoy with my community,” she said. “The kids really enjoy visiting the museum.”

Marilee Jennings, executive director of the Children’s Discovery Museum, said the “Noon Year’s Eve” event is about families ringing in the new year together.

“We drop the ball at noon because we know that it’s midnight somewhere in the world and very likely, some of our audience members will have family in that location,” she said.

Jennings also said the multiple ball drops are done in part to “remind people that we’re part of an international community.”

This year’s ball was decked out with nearly 500 LED lights and was made by a museum staff member,…

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