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Happy Noon Year!

This event's name has to go down as one of the cleverest ever.

Noon Year's Eve celebrations are held all across the country for little ones who couldn't possibly stay up till midnight no matter how desperately they want to. About 20 of them, usually the ones at zoos, are sponsored by Radio Disney, but many more are independent events that share the marvelous moniker.

We're fans of the event at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, California, which puts science in the celebration--as in how to make a canister pop like a champagne cork.

The highlight of these events is usually the noon ball drop, treated with (nearly) the same pomp, circumstance, and countdown as the one in Times Square. In fact, it's such a big deal that the Children's Museum of Denver has a ball drop every hour on the hour between 10AM and 3PM. The Phoenix Zoo has sparkling cider for the toast, and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo features a ball that sometimes doubles as a toy for the elephants (really!).

What better way to let the kids celebrate and still get them to bed at a reasonable hour?

Happy Noon Year!!

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