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New Year's Eve events for families, various locations, Dec. 31

Posted by Jen Clark Estes  December 17, 2012 07:41 AM

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If your kids are too young to stay up to ring in the new year for real, here are a few events that will give you the opportunity to celebrate in the daylight hours:

Family New Year Party, The Children's Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. Mon., Dec. 31, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Celebrate all day long with nonstop crafts, games, face painting, activities, magic shows, and confetti-blast countdowns. Show times vary. No preregistration required. $10 per person. www.childrensmuseumineaston.org

Bessie's New Year's Eve PJ Dance Party, The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. Mon., Dec. 31, 10 a.m. Shake, rattle, and roll into the New Year with Bessie, dinosaur mascot of The Discovery Museums, as you create party hats and dance the morning away! You’ll count down to 12 (noon) and have a cup of sparkling juice. Free with Museum admission: $11; under one and members, free. www.discoverymusueums.org

Ring in the New Year!, The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. Mon., Dec. 31, noon - 3 p.m. Make some noise this New Year’s Eve! Construct your own noise makers and create your own party hats to use as you celebrate the coming of a new year. Add your hopes for 2013 to the museum's “Wishing Tree.” Free with Museum admission: $11; under on and members, free. www.discoverymusueums.org

New Year's Eve Kids-Countdown-to-Midnight, Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Mon., Dec. 31, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Ring in the New Year with a kids-countdown-to-midnight including noisemakers, party hats, balloon art and a ginger ale toast. Enjoy silly songs and mesmerizing magic tricks performed by Awesome Robb as Major Holiday and the comical antics of Lindsay and her Puppet Pals. First-come, first-served. Registration recommended. Members, $8; non-members, $12; family of 4, $40. www.wenhammuseum.org

Happy Noon Year!, Boston's Children's Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. Mon., Dec. 31, 10 a.m. - noon. Celebrate the "noon year"! From 10 - 11:30 a.m. you can make noisemakers and add some silvery bling to your New Year's outfit. At 11:45 a.m. the countdown to noon begins. At 12 noon, they'll lower their own famous recycled, glowing ball and finish with a toast! With Museum admission: $14, under one and members, free. www.bostonkids.org

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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.
Jennifer Clark Estes is a teacher, writer, blogger, and the mother of four young children. In her free time, she blogs at A Mom's World, plays with the kids (or chauffeurs them around), and is desperately seeking a quiet spot so she can read a book. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferCEstes.
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