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Fernbank rings in New Year at noon
DJ Willy Wow will lead the countdown to the “Noon Year,” along with hosting games and dancing throughout the event at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta.

While many look for to New Year’s Eve festivities at night, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History will have a celebration appropriate for the entire family.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 31, Fernbank will host games, a craft, a resolution station, DJ Willy Wow and a balloon drop. The event, celebrated at noon instead of midnight, caters to youngsters who cannot always celebrate past their bedtime.

At noon, guests may toast to the “Noon Year” with a “mocktail” made from GoGo Squeeze Applesauce as more than 2,000 balloons cascade from the ceiling of Fernbank’s Great Hall.

It would not be a proper New Year’s celebration without party hats, and guests can craft their very own using cups, tinsel and twine. As guests celebrate the Noon Year, they may learn about New Year’s traditions from around the world through a special matching game. The event will include a festive New Year’s Eve-themed dinosaur photo-stop.

To round out the event, families will have the opportunity to share their resolutions at a special “resolution station,” where they will be encouraged to take a selfie to share on social media using #FernbankMuseum.

Museum tickets, which also include special exhibitions Winter Wonderland and Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear, are $18 for adults, $17 for students and seniors, $16 for children ages 3-12 and free for children aged 2 and under. Value Pass tickets, which include museum admission and one IMAX film, are $26 for adults, $24 for students and seniors, $22 for children ages 3-12, free for children age 2 and younger and $8 for members.

The Museum is at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Parking is free.

For tickets, call 404-929-6400 or visit

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