It may have only been 4 p.m. on Dec. 31, but about 20 toddler and early-elementary school-aged children and their parents or guardians started counting down. “Three. Two. One. Happy New Year!” …
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It may have only been 4 p.m. on Dec. 31, but about 20 toddler and early-elementary school-aged children and their parents or guardians started counting down.
“Three. Two. One. Happy New Year!”
Balloons dropped from the ceiling. Children jumping on bubble wrap simulated the sounds of fireworks. Library staff poured sparkling cider and passed it out to attendees.
It was the Midnight in France New Year’s Eve celebration at the Golden Library.
Parents who have young children don’t always want to stay up until midnight to ring in the New Year, said Melody Garcia, the kids and families librarian at the Golden Library.
“With this, you get the same celebration with a countdown,” Garcia said, “but you don’t have to wait until midnight for the excitement.”
Generally, the library’s event takes place at noon on Dec. 31, but this year, New Year’s Eve fell on a Monday, and the library scheduled its celebration at 4 p.m. so as not to disrupt the usual Monday storytime at 12:30 p.m.
But for the Meier family of Golden, ringing in the New Year at 4 p.m. was perfectly normal.
“His dad is Swiss,” said Sylas Meier’s mother, Sarah, “so we’re celebrating the Swiss New Year here in Golden.”
In addition, though, Sylas, 4, has something big to look forward to in 2019 — he will be starting kindergarten.
The other kids also had some special dreams for the New Year. Eisley Swarts, 3, of Golden hopes 2019 brings her a chance to become Elsa from “Frozen,” and Logan Dowling, 6, is looking forward to spending lots of time with his family.
“Maybe we’ll go some places and travel,” he said.
While Dowling is looking forward to discovering some new places, the Lai family of Los Angeles was doing just that.
Connie and Scott Lai spent the holidays traveling with their two children Audrey, 9, and Landon, 5. It was their first time visiting Golden.
“We don’t have snow (in LA),” Connie Lai said, referring to the cold, snowy New Year’s Eve in Colorado, “so the kids are excited to be here.”
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