LEIPSIC — Gold, white and silver balloons dropped from the ceiling at the Leipsic Community Center Tuesday as youth wearing 2020 glasses cheered in delight.
A projector screen was set up with a countdown to noon during the second annual “Noon Years Eve Party” for ages 4 to 10.
As volunteers dropped 50 balloons from the overhead walking track, children caught them and popped them.
The event drew in 20 children and their parents and grandparents for an earlier option to celebrate the new year.
Dana Schnipke, Leipsic Community Center program director, said the event was held at a time to allow children to celebrate early.
“This is our end of the year party and a good way to go out with a bang,” Schnipke said. The party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. offered a variety of activities for children and their parents.
“We want them to have the atmosphere of New Year’s Eve only at a much earlier respectable time for younger kids,” Schnipke said.
A bounce house was set up for youth to play in as well as bowling, cornhole, a large Connect Four game and an area to play Nerf guns. There also was a balloon pop station where balloons were filled with candy that children could pop by sitting on them.
Megan Hall, Awakening Minds Art, Findlay, worked on a craft with children where they used construction paper to create their own New York skyline.
“I think it’s neat the children get to come out and celebrate New Year’s Eve and midnight can be a little late for them to stay up,” Hall said.
Jackie Rader, of McComb, brought her granddaughter, Hadley Dake, 6, of Findlay, and her grandson Connor Rader, 5, of McComb to the event. She watched them as they made their New Year’s craft and said she is looking forward to celebrating the birth of her 10th grandchild in 2020.
“I think this is awesome because my granddaughter loves to do crafts and this is a great way for them to celebrate the new year,” Jackie Rader said.
Dake used silver and blue sparkles to decorate her cityscape and painted the background black.
“I like to do the artwork, make new friends and take home my art,” Dake said.
A coloring station was set up that had New Year’s coloring pages for children to color and take home.
Refreshments including cheese balls, pretzels and chips as well as lemonade were available for youth to enjoy. Stacey’s Sweets, of Leipsic, donated snowman and Christmas tree cookies that could be decorated with red, white and green frosting and colorful Christmas sprinkles.
There was a small admission to attend the event that will go back into the center’s programming to help with an upcoming pizza party, basketball program and the center’s three-year anniversary party.
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